Strategic Procurement Manager

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, United States

Manage a team of strategic buyers who are responsible to identify/maintain the best suppliers for various categories of products and lower the total cost of ownership/acquisition.


Manage a team of strategic buyers who are responsible to identify/maintain the best suppliers for various categories of products and lower the total cost of ownership/acquisition. Responsible for managing the relationship and performance of supply base. Work closely with other functions (Sales, Quality, Engineering and Operations) towards improved efficiencies, quality, inventory turns and compliance.


Procurement Strategy

  • Create clearly defined strategies for various categories of products. Work with other group companies to create alignment and leverage. Ensure strategy is deployed to realize benefits.

Cost Reduction Projects

  • Manage multiple cost reduction projects that are executed by the strategic buyers reporting to this position.
  • Facilitate successful completion of those projects and resolve issues in a timely manner.
  • Track the results accurately and provide regular update the leadership


  • Constantly test the market for lower total cost by creating requisitions and engaging with supply base.
  • Establish “should be” pricing by category.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage spend across the Wurth Industry North America group companies.

Negotiation & Contracts

  • Lead negotiations with suppliers to create a win-win solution while maximizing the profitability.
  • Negotiate both price and non-price.
  • Convert those into a contract and long-term agreement.
  • Ensure implementation of negotiated pricing by working with the buyers.
  • Ensure compliance to contracts.

Price Increase Management

  • Proactively avoid price increases (cost containment) through strategic and tactical approach.
  • When unavoidable, lead effective negotiations to minimize impact.
  • Create and deploy process to get price increase from suppliers managed through negotiations, documentation and approval.
  • Work with Sales Operations to ensure product pricing changes are implemented.

Cross-functional collaboration & Inter-company collaboration

  • Engage in various initiatives with other functions within Wurth Adams and with other group companies towards improving profitability and addressing growth.


  • Motivate the team of strategic buyers and maintain a high performing team that collaborates very well with others and executes projects successfully.

Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain, business administration, economics, trade, engineering or other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 8 years directly related experience in strategic procurement or supply chain functions, preferably in the fastener industry.
  • At least 3 years of experience of above experience with responsibility in managing direct reports through performance reviews, coaching and mentoring.
  • Outstanding negotiation skills.
  • ISM or APICS certification preferred.
  • Working knowledge of SAP
  • Advanced Excel to create and analyze data.
  • Some level of technical knowledge related to mechanical products and ability to read prints
  • Financial analysis of cost drivers and commodity market impact on cost. Ability to analyze RFQ responses from suppliers and create summarized recommendations.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, decision making and presentation skills required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills.