• Strategic Sourcing Specialist (Danbury or Torrington, CT)

    Job Locations US-CT-Danbury
    ID
    2018-1692
  • About Our Company

    FuelCell Energy is transforming the world’s energy landscape by delivering clean and efficient solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy.  We thrive on innovation as our fuel cell power plants provide answers to some of the industry’s biggest challenges, such as generating a virtually pollutant-free and affordable supply of electric power within cities, reducing carbon emissions from coal and gas-fired power stations, and producing hydrogen for transportation, industry and utility-scale energy storage.  Our unique mission requires a diverse, energetic and creative workforce, and our shared passion for a cleaner energy future is the foundation of our Company’s culture. We take pride in what we have accomplished and are dedicated to providing innovative solutions that address energy, environmental and economic challenges for power users and communities world-wide.

     

    With SureSource™ installations on three continents and millions of megawatt hours of ultra-clean power produced, FuelCell Energy is a global leader with environmentally responsible power solutions. 

     

    Join our team and contribute to a brighter, cleaner energy future.

    Responsibilities

    We are currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to join the Strategic Sourcing team. Reporting to Manager of Global Sourcing, the Strategic Sourcing Specialist will work collaboratively with the procurement team to develop and maintain a low cost global supply chain sustaining competitive advantages in cost, quality and delivery. The selected candidate will lead efforts to rationalize the supply base, negotiate long-term agreements, and support current and new product development initiatives to meet our year-over-year cost reduction targets.

    • Responsible for all procurement and supply management functions relating to, and in support of, strategic global sourcing, cost reduction and supply chain risk mitigation initiatives
    • Monitors commodity market for strategic raw material trends and develops hedging strategy to maximize leverage and minimize risk;
    • Identifies and actively pursues sourcing-related cost reduction opportunities, driving savings in line with overall business expectations, ensuring targets for cost reduction are achieved;
    • Takes a lead role in new supplier evaluation, selection, qualification and development following FuelCell Energy’s Strategic Sourcing Process. Establishes milestone timelines and works with cross-functional teams to coordinate qualification activities to meet the product delivery deadlines;
    • Build relationships and maintain interface at senior level within key strategic suppliers’ organizations
    • Closely manages supplier relationships, leverages spending and technologies to develop a supply base that creates and sustains a competitive advantage in cost, quality and delivery;
    • Negotiates and executes long term agreements with key strategic suppliers to drive favorable contract terms and pricing;
    • Participates in cross functional teams on sourcing of equipment in support of new product/next generation development projects;
    • Monitors key supplier performance (cost, delivery, quality) and implement supplier continuous improvement plans;
    • Monitors supplier landscape including risks and benefits in competitive global markets within Asia, Europe, and North/South Americas;
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    Education:  BS/BA degree in business or manufacturing related technical discipline is required. CPSM is a plus.

     

    Experience:  Minimum of 5 years of Sourcing and/or Supply Chain Management experience in sourcing of engineered equipment and specialty raw materials is required.   Experience in a manufacturing environment is preferred.

     

    Travel:  Must have the ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 50%.  Must have the ability to travel between Torrington and Danbury offices as required.

     

    Candidate Must Have / Be:

    • Demonstrable success in qualifying alternate sources of supply and achieving cost reductions for complex engineered materials, assemblies and equipment
    • Demonstrable experience in Low Cost Country (LCC) sourcing and international supplier development for engineered materials and complex equipment is strongly preferred
    • Experience in multinational sourcing is strongly preferred (i.e. China, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia)
    • In-depth knowledge of procurement, both strategically and operationally, with a strong understanding of procurement and strategic sourcing processes
    • Strong technical knowledge of raw materials (i.e. ferrous and non-ferrous metals) and a variety manufacturing processes/methods and fabrication techniques used by suppliers (i.e. welding, brazing, machining, fabrication, and stamping)
    • Experience leading contract negotiations with suppliers on pricing, and terms & conditions which support business requirements, including clearly defined service expectations / goods specifications, performance measurement practices and shortfall remedies
    • Able to successfully manage multiple complex sourcing projects concurrently
    • Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
    • Fluency in any LCC sourcing countries languages is a plus
    • Self-motivated, proactive, and creative with critical thinking skills
    • Able to read drawings and blueprints is preferred
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint)
    • Experience working with an ERP system (Microsoft Dynamics AX a plus)
    • Able to support and adhere to policies, procedures, and operational guidelines related to established quality management system (ISO 9001:2015)

     Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

    • General work is in an office environment utilizing a computer and other office equipment
    • Must have the ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 50%
    • Must be able to travel between CT offices to attend meetings as required
    • Must have or be able to obtain a U.S. Passport immediately upon hire

     Equal Opportunity Employer - Vet/Disability

     

    We offer a competitive compensation package as well as comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, company-paid life/disability insurance, 401(k) plan, employee stock purchase plan and generous paid leave.

     

    Employment with FCE is subject to pre-employment drug-screen and background investigation.

     

    No agency submissions please. Resumes submitted to any FuelCell Energy employee without a current, signed and valid contract in place with the FuelCell Energy Recruiting team for this position will become the property of FuelCell Energy and no agency fees will be paid.

     

    FuelCell Energy, Inc. is committed to ensuring that its application process provides an equal employment opportunity to all U.S. job seekers, including individuals with disabilities.

     

    If you believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to submit an application, please send an email with your resume to jobs@fce.com or contact us by calling 203-205-2070. Please indicate the specifics of the assistance needed.

     

    NOTE:   This dedicated phone line and email address are designed exclusively to assist disabled job seekers whose disability prevents them from being able to apply online. Only messages left for this purpose will be acknowledged.  A response to your request may take up to two business days.

     

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