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Crane Aerospace & Electronics Commodity Manager in Lynnwood, Washington

Commodity Manager

Location WA, Lynnwood

Department Supply Chain

Employment Type Full Time

Crane Aerospace & Electronics is seeking an energetic Commodity Manager to join our high performing Group (Business Unit) Level Global Strategic Sourcing Team in Lynnwood, WA.

Commodity Manager Position Summary:

In support of seven Global sites, with five located in the US, leads a cross functional team to achieve Cost, Quality, Supplier / Customer On-Time Delivery and support Inventory objectives.

Development and implementation of Electronic Components (Actives, Passives) and Connectors commodity sourcing strategies and road maps, contract initiation and negotiation, supplier development, overall recurring supply chain performance improvement and problem solving.

Regular collaboration and support of Group Site and Solution initiatives while ensuring full compliance of government, commercial and Crane sourcing policies and procedures.

Supervision of one direct report, (Procurement Specialist)

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute strategic sourcing initiatives, best practices, and strategies for the Aerospace & Electronics Group, ensuring effective implementation and execution

  • Ensure commodity team maintains a focus on overall globally sourced commodities with an understanding and accountability of the results needed to meet Group Solutions/Site requirements

  • Support enterprise initiatives by developing sourcing strategies ensuring migration into existing supply chain with minimum interruption and maximum cost reduction

  • Lead efforts in supplier performance improvement based on scorecards and internal metrics

  • Ensure Sourcing Tollgate Process is followed for meeting continuous improvement initiatives including On Time Delivery (OTD), Quality, Inventory, Cost (PPI/ PPV), lead time reduction

  • Manage team members in the creation & execution of action plans as required to successfully qualify new supplier solutions and ensure successful manufacturing transitions

  • Create and lead cross functional teams on select commodities to effectively address all facets of sourcing process and results through Product Development, OEM and Aftermarket product phases

  • Reach out to site tactical supply chain teams to ensure coordination & collaboration for successful implementation of sourcing strategies & initiatives

  • Lead team in the negotiation of select long term agreements to maximize value from supply base

  • Lead large scale Bill of Materials (BOM) and program cost savings in support of Solutions initiatives

  • Develop strategic relationships with targeted suppliers

  • Review and ensure that the appropriate financial metrics are monitored and that proper fiscal controls are in place

  • Lead performance improvement using overall leadership experience

  • Additional tasks and duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strategic Sourcing or Commodity Management experience is required. Working knowledge of Electronic Components and Connectors is highly desired


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain or related field

  • MBA is a plus

Experience :

  • 5+ years’ experience in Strategic Sourcing, Commodity Management or Strategic Supply Chain in a manufacturing environment required

Knowledge :

  • Experience in Aerospace industry is highly desired

  • Knowledge of FAR, DFAR, and ITAR regulations preferred

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications. Advanced working level of Excel

  • Experienced with Oracle (or other) MRP/ERP system is desired

  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing practices/tools

Skills/Abilities :

  • Motivated self-starter with strong leadership skills and a positive “can do” attitude

  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills. Proven ability to resolve problems quickly and efficiently

  • Excellent organization and planning skills

  • Data-driven and able to drive conclusions/make decisions based on data analytics

  • Demonstrated success to develop and execute comprehensive supply chain strategies, commodity strategies, and action plans

  • Ability to develop, lead, and motivate cross-functional teams

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively as part of a team in a matrix organization

  • Strong customer service orientation

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Ability to influence and drive change and accountability

  • Ability to manage competing interests while maintaining a sense of urgency and to meet frequent short timeline, goals, and deadlines

  • Strong negotiation and contract management skills

Employment Eligibility Requirement:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and not require Visa sponsorship to be eligible. As a US Department of Defense contractor, we are bound by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

About Crane Aerospace & Electronics:

Crane Aerospace & Electronicssupplies critical systems and components to the aerospace and defense markets. You’ll find Crane Aerospace & Electronics in some of the toughest environments: from engines to landing gear; from satellites to medical implants and from missiles to unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

We are committed to operational excellence and world class processes. We employ Lean manufacturing techniquesto optimize manufacturing efficiency and accuracy on all product lines. Our products are known for their technical strength, proven reliability and overall value.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics offers competitive salaries and outstanding opportunities for career growth and development.

In our efforts to maintain a safe and drug-free workplace, Crane Aerospace & Electronics requires that candidates complete a satisfactory background check prior to employment.

This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Crane Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or applicable local law.