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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, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 10,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.4 billion in revenues in fiscal 2019. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Commodity Manager




  • Leads the development, implementation and governance of sourcing strategies for assigned commodity categories; including supplier selection, supplier relationship development, supplier performance optimization, pricing & contract negotiations, leveraging sourcing tools to secure optimum value, understanding & mitigating supply chain risk, etc.
  • Assists Commodity Management Leader or Regional Sourcing Leader in developing, implementing, communicating and ensuring proper governance of the corporate-wide Global Sourcing strategy.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders in Product Management, ISCL, RD&E and others as determined to co-ordinate business requirements and ensure a stable supply chain while delivering optimum value.
  • Liaise with regional Purchasing groups (Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific, Latin America and India) to understand local requirements and ensure proper support as needed.
  • Key Metrics & Outcomes include:  Ethics, Cost Reduction, DPO, Supplier On Time Delivery & Quality, Supplier Lead Time Reduction, Inflation Mitigation
  • Develops detailed knowledge and understanding of cost drivers and manufacturing/service processes related to assigned commodity categories and leverages this knowledge to optimize value for KMT.


Education & Qualification

  • Education:          Bachelor’s Degree (RQ) in Supply Chain, Business, or Engineering; MBA (PF)
  • Experience:       Several years in Strategic Sourcing (RQ) with 2+ years of Global Strategic Sourcing (PF).
  • Certifications:    CPSM (PF)
  • Proficiency:        MS Office, Excel, Word & PowerPoint (RQ), Access (PF), SAP (PF), Ariba (PF)


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.
  • Demonstrated Leadership Behaviours – Proven experience in leading and developing the sourcing capabilities of the team, comfortable leading through influence, skilled in all forms of communication.
  • 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 Supports project management function in designing, planning, and managing projects to deliver value-added solutions within defined time and cost parameters
  • Financial Analysis - Understands financial concepts including invoicing, accounts payable and other financial business processes.  Interprets financial data, analyzes cost structures, and determines financial impacts of decisions.

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