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Senior Supply Chain Commodity Manager 

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About the Organization Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, HDT Global is the industry leader in engineering, designing and manufacturing leading-edge military expeditionary products, rugged industrial/commercial products, and products for medical rehabilitation. Our product lines include shelters, heaters, environmental control units (ECUs), power generators, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRN) air filtration and collective protection systems, military vehicles, perimeter protection systems, and robotics including manipulator arms, vehicles, and healthcare solutions.

Additionally, HDT’s success and longevity is based on the full range of engineering services we offer, including design, analysis, testing, validation, training, and installation. These services provide the foundation of our innovation, providing ongoing research and development.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location HDT (Solon, OH-Corporate)  


The Commodity Manager is responsible for the selection and management of key supplier partners through the development of commodity sourcing strategies and effective supplier development. This role is tasked with establishing a premier supply base, providing HDT with best in class quality, price, and delivery. In addition, this position is responsible for maintaining long-term competitive advantage within assigned commodities by executing long-term agreements, supplier scorecards, and effective cost reduction initiatives.


  • Effective planning and project management used to develop robust commodity strategies that include: domestic and international sources, identification of strategic partners, and long term competitive advantage
  • Leads sourcing efforts in support of Design for Value and Value Add/Value Engineering efforts on new and existing products
  • Management and categorization of supplier grow, maintain, and exit plans
  • Develops and executes long-term supplier strategy deployment, supplier cost modeling, supplier opportunity assessments, supplier financial analysis, negotiations, long-term contracts, continuous supplier performance improvement, and supplier relationship development
  • Responsible for aggressive annual purchased material cost reduction goals within assigned commodity spend
  • Negotiates long term agreements with best in class price, payment terms, quality, and delivery terms for purchased products in compliance with corporate objectives
  • Coordinates and supports on-site supplier assessments / certification audits and continuous improvement activities that drive down total cost and improve total supplier quality
  • Manages relationship with upper management at key suppliers
  • Performs root cause analysis on Supplier delivery/quality issues and implements corrective actions via supplier improvement plans
  • Supports tactical purchasing team in ensuring accuracy of lead times in SAP
  • Assesses supplier capacity and conducts risk analysis
  • Manages supplier scorecard monthly for key suppliers
  • Supports inventory reduction and Just-in-Time (Lean) inventory improvement programs such as VMI, Kanban, and Consignment
  • Ensures Compliance to Government Flow Downs such as Berry Amendment, Made in USA, Specialty Metals, and FAR/DFAR/ITAR
  • Identifies new and/or alternate sources of supply as necessary to support new product development, cost reduction requirements, and/or supplier performance issues
  • Evaluates medium to long-term supplier capabilities in an effort to optimize the commodity supply base in support of supplier aggregation and spend rationalization objectives
  • Performs all necessary duties to support corporate goals as it relates to established supplier quality, total landed cost, and inventory objectives
  • Maintains a solid working knowledge of essential commodity trends including: industry trends, cost drivers, global pricing, material lead times, and technical/manufacturing processes
  • Participates in the make vs. buy analysis
  • Supports, communicates, reinforces and defends the mission, values and culture of the organization
  • Adheres to all quality and safety standards
  • Supports other projects and performs duties as assigned
Position Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • BA/BS in Business, Operations or Supply Chain Management required with MBA preferred


  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in manufacturing to include SCM, operations and/or engineering. Experience in Aerospace or Defense markets is preferred
  • Understanding of leading edge Supply Chain Management techniques
  • 3-5 years Global Business experience managing a complex commodity in domestic and international markets
  • Experience with developing Small Business Liaison Subcontracting plans, reporting and outreach desired


  • Analytical Skills – Cost Driver and Modeling, Data Analysis and Financial Analysis
  • Experience in ERP systems, SAP strongly desired
  • Ability to multi-task, handling quick turnaround
  • Must be willing and able to travel domestically and globally 20%-30%
  • Ability to identify problem issues and escalate and/or execute acceptable solutions
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with customers, suppliers and employees/managers at all levels within the company
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain safe work environment
  • Possesses strong computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in standard business software packages (e.g., Microsoft Office)
  • Must be able to speak, read and understand English

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