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Strategic Sourcing Specialist

MSA, The Safety Company
Murrysville, PA 15668
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MSA, The Safety Company

Strategic Sourcing Specialist


Job ID: 2020-4246
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Operational Excellence
MSA, The Safety Company


This position is responsible for sourcing strategy development, execution of new product development sourcing strategies and performing transactional purchasing activities to meet the needs of internal business. In addition, this position will maintain primary responsibility as the lead for projects and reporting related to PPV, Tariffs, and standard cost rolls.

In this role, the preferred candidate will proactively seek out new suppliers/materials and capture market-driven cost management opportunities through awareness of market drivers and negotiations while continuously searching for methods to improve quality and delivery.


Description of duties and responsibilities:

  • Establish agreements with suppliers for timely acquisition of goods and services while maintaining compliance with procurement policies and procedures.
  • Participate in New Product Development (NPD) meetings and projects, providing sourcing support as required to meet targeted objectives on time and within budget.
  • Manage supply base to drive preferred supplier performance, deliveries, quality, cost, etc. to meet organizational objectives; act as a liaison with appropriate personnel across all business units and foster solid working relationships with suppliers.
  • Participate in the Value Engineering workshops held in the 3D NPD process.
  • Perform day-to-day processing of purchase requisitions and purchase orders; and provide appropriate support for internal stakeholders, such as engineering, product development, and product management
  • Contribute to overall performance targets and corporate goals
  • Assist Sourcing leadership in data gathering and analysis, provide recommendations and research in purchasing decisions of goods and services
  • Assist and lead in accurately setting up new supplier and contract set-up within internal systems
  • Provide accurate costing updates to support companies financial objectives
  • Collect and compile data to create and maintain reports to communicate status of PPV, cost rolls, and cost management activities
  • Prepare and send bid solicitations -- Request for Information (RFI), Request for Quotations (RFQs), and Request for Proposals (RFPs) -- in compliance with corporate policies and procedures
  • Evaluate quotes/proposals and communicate award recommendations based upon pre-defined selection criteria (e.g., benefits/cost savings, quality/service, etc.).
  • Leverage defined negotiation strategies and establish contractual agreements with selected suppliers
  • Perform any additional ad-hoc tasks or projects as required by sourcing leadership
  • Drive safe practices within MSA as well as throughout the supply base.
  • 15% Domestic/International travel required


Special knowledge, skills and abilities required:

  • Proven ability to model disciplined execution following detailed standard work, maintaining a high level of attention to detail, driving efficiency, productivity and personal accountability.
  • Demonstrates an innovative and technological mindset to ensure master data integrity and accuracy, seek out latest industry trends, road-map future technology and champion early adoption.
  • Sound ability to make data driven and analytical decisions by identifying trends and opportunities, making problems visible, and utilizing financial acumen to justify investments and influence decisions.
  • Proven success in challenging the status quo to drive continuous improvement promoting the use of root cause problem solving, valuing new ideas, inspiring others, and demonstrating effective use of change management principles.
  • Proven success in building partnerships, influencing others, and communicating effectively both in verbal and written form, seeking diverse perspectives, and strong emotional intelligence to enable cross functional collaboration.
  • Ability to prioritize personal development by modeling a growth mindset, demonstrating openness to feedback, and pursuing ongoing learning


  • Experience using SAP R/3 ERP system
  • Working knowledge/experience with PPAP (purchased parts approval process)
  • Value analysis/value engineering background
  • Ability to read and comprehend blue prints and bills of material

Education and experience required:

  • Bachelor's degree in Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related discipline.
  • This position is available at two different career levels based upon experience, education, etc.:
    • Level one: 2 years of relevant experience (sourcing, contracting, spend analysis, etc.)
    • Level two: 5 years of relevant experience (sourcing, contracting, spend analysis, etc.)


  • CPM or CPSM accreditation
  • MBA


MSA is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to providing a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination.

As such, it is MSA's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of the person's age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, race, religion,
gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran's status, genetic information, political affiliation, disabling condition,
or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. MSA also makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform a job unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to assist you in navigating this career site, let us know.Contact Us MSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.



Posted: 2020-08-26 Expires: 2020-09-26

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