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Sr. Commodity Leader (Mechanicals) - Aurora, Colorado


Kärcher is the world's leading provider of cleaning solutions with around 13,000 employees in 70 countries and an innovative product offer for commercial and domestic customers alike. Renowned for our innovation, over 90% of our products have been developed in the past 5 years. We owe this success to our employees, their skills, dedication, ideas and commitment. Constant investment in R&D, quality, marketing and design make us a well-known brand and a most attractive employer to develop your career with. Do you want to be part of our growth story?

Sr. Commodity Leader (Mechanicals)



Demonstrate accountability for functional, business, and company objectives. You will help identify opportunities for value generation, evaluate, develop and manage suppliers, manage complex issues within functional area of expertise, be involved in long-term planning, negotiating and managing contracts, contribute to the overall business strategy and help improve overall supply chain performance.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engines, Rotating Equipment, Engineered Systems and other similar commodities as assigned.
  • Lead the global commodity procurement activities to achieve variable cost productivity, cash flow, and controllership goals for assigned commodities including localization of products to Mexico.
  • Lead the global supplier selection, qualification, development, and overall supplier management, including managing the entire contract life cycle from Request for Proposal to supplier exit
  • Develop technical and market expertise in assigned commodity areas
  • Enforce business policies to meet business targets and customer needs
  • Improve procurement processes and optimize Sourcing resources to enhance the customer experience
  • Work with cross-functional teams to identify and implement direct material productivity ideas to minimize total cost
  • Monitor, forecast and develop strategies for assigned  commodities to minimize  costs and ensure product availability
  • Ensure fulfillment and quality requirements are achieved by suppliers
  • Team with logistics and commercial teams to ensure adequate regional capacities exist to minimize transportation costs and meet localization requirements
  • Negotiate lowest possible cost while maintaining the highest quality of goods and services
  • Work on global strategic supply contracts and agreements that will help address supply chain needs and deliver long-term value.
  • Interface with Karcher global teams on company-wide strategic sourcing initiatives


Other duties assigned




Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college



Senior Commodity Leader must have 7+ years of Sourcing experience


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Willingness and ability to travel 25% of the time domestic & international
  • Prior sourcing experience in negotiating, identifying opportunities, selecting suppliers, sourcing strategy, and implementing contracts.
  • Strong quantitative and data analysis skills
  • Strong project management and process improvement skills
  • Change agent with ability to influence at all levels of the organization
  • CPM or APICS certification is preferred
  • SAP Purchasing system experience is preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification is preferred



This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job.  These may be added, removed, changed or reassigned as needed to accommodate business requirements.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer – M/F/Disabled/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: Denver