Commodity Manager


Hunstville, AL, US

On-site or Remote:  Hybrid
REQ ID:  44793

About Kennametal

With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace and defense, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 8,700 employees are helping customers in nearly 100 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2.1 billion in revenues in fiscal 2023. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Sourcing / Commodity Manager

Huntsville, AL Or Pittsburgh, PA



  • Leads the sourcing function for Kennametal’s Metallurgical related material responsible for a relevant annual spend across multiple manufacturing plants and various support operations.  Develop and maintain a deck of improvements in cost, quality, and service. 
  • Key member of the Global Metallurgical Sourcing Team, assists the team with developing, implementing, communicating, and continuously improving Kennametal’s sourcing strategy. 
  • Responsible for the creation, deployment, and continuous improvement of commodity strategies for assigned spend. Create simple and clear cost out summaries for various scenarios and on-going purchases to show Leadership results of strategy and priorities. 
  • Able to effectively create and manage the RFI and RFQ process to identify opportunities. 
  • Maintain and develop an approved supplier list including approved supplier list by part showing good, better, best options. 
  • Travel to source of supply locations to build relationships, assess quality, and compliance.  Travel to remote locations on occasion. 
  • Partners with the Global Sourcing Functional Excellence team to ensure that defined best practices & designated tools and procedures are comprehensively deployed across the region and that sourcing projects are flawlessly executed.
  • Act as a liaison between the manufacturing sites within the businesses and the Sourcing organization, ensuring that the sourcing and manufacturing strategies are mutually aligned and supportive.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders in various business segments and others as determined to coordinate business requirements and ensure a stable supply chain while delivering optimum value.  Active participation in a cross-functional material competency team to ensure material is qualified and new products and suppliers are developed. 
  • Accountable to partner with the Global Commodity Management team to deliver an optimal balance between global leverage and regional flexibility.
  • Owns all supplier performance for assigned suppliers, including compliance to contracts.  Partners with manufacturing to ensure that supplier performance is an enabler toward manufacturing excellence and end customer satisfaction.
  • Assists in development of top talent for Kennametal’s Americas Sourcing team, ensures that the team is focused on driving optimal value for Kennametal’s purchased spend with a strong customer-service mindset and a bias toward continuous improvement.
  • Key Metrics & Outcomes include: Ethics, Cost Reduction, Ariba e-Sourcing Spend, Strategic Sourcing Strategies, Avoidance of Sole Source Items, Touchless Purchase Orders and Invoices, DPO, Delivery Performance, Quality, Inflation Mitigation, Compliance to Conflict Mineral Policies.


Competencies And Skills

  • Ethics - Maintains the highest level of integrity, ethics commitment to safety and compliance to KMT’s code of conduct; role models these behaviors for suppliers.  Experience with conflict mineral compliance and sourcing and managing conflict mineral supply chains.
  • Supply Chain Management – Experience and knowledge of sourcing, managing, and building supply chains (understanding of supplier cost inputs, supplier processing, cost to transport, to timely delivery).  
  • Demonstrated Leadership Behaviors – Proven experience in leading and developing the capabilities of the team, comfortable leading through influence, skilled in all forms of communication, and confidence to lead boldly to drive incremental measurable business metric improvement.  Able to effectively lead Supplier Quarterly Business Reviews. 
  • Strategic Mentality – Demonstrates ability to create strategic sourcing strategies to identify where to prioritize time and resources to support business improvement targets.
  • Business Acumen - Demonstrates an understanding of products, internal business processes, external customer segments, strategic direction and business objectives. Aligns business objectives and develops sources of supply based on strategic direction.
  • Business Performance Measurement - Demonstrates an understanding of internal business processes, external customer segments, strategic direction and business objectives. Aligns business objectives and develops sources of supply based on strategic direction.
  • Customer Relationship Management - Understands organization of internal customer groups, key users and characteristics of these customers. Drives to understand customer requirements and uses this information as an input into sourcing decisions. Develops and fosters mutually beneficial customer relationships.
  • Data Management – Skilled in analytics; leverages ERP software & raw data to organize and prioritize information for decision making.
  • Project Management – Designs, plans and manages projects to deliver value-added solutions within defined time and cost parameters.
  • Financial Analysis – Able to create cost savings scenario summaries and track purchase price performance to commodity markets to differentiate between cost movement due to commodity markets versus supply chain improvement.  Understands financial concepts including invoicing, accounts payable and other financial business processes. Interprets financial data, analyzes cost structures, and determines financial impacts of decisions.

Education & Qualification

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree (RQ) in Supply Chain, Business, or Engineering
  • Experience: 5+ years in Strategic Sourcing (RQ) Global Strategic Sourcing (PF).
  • Certifications: CPSM (PF)
  • Proficiency: MS Office, Excel, Word & PowerPoint (RQ), Access (PF), SAP (PF), Ariba (PF)


Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Decatur

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