Global Commodity Leader – Machine Components

Steeger USA, LLC

Romeoville, IL

About Us:


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world.


Job Description:

Business Title: Global Commodity Leader – Machined Components

Position Type: FT

Location: Hybrid (St. Louis, MO, Romeoville, IL, Oak Brook, IL, or Green Bay, WI)

Reports To: Nicholas Detrych (VP, Supply Chain Operations)

Position Description:

Barry-Wehmiller has begun recruitment for our Machined Components Commodity Leader. As part of our transformational Supply Chain journey, we are establishing a global, centralized supply chain that supports the entire Barry-Wehmiller Enterprise. This role will be crucial in helping us to better unlock the power of our scale, drive significant cost savings, standardize procurement processes and contracts, as well as share best practices across our network of manufacturing facilities. We are looking for talent who can bring a new style of supply chain thinking to an industry-leading, privately held $3 billion company. We are in search of a leader that is forward-thinking, both strategic and operational, and excited about partnering with our supply chain, finance, and manufacturing teams. Additionally, we are looking for a leader that truly values people, is comfortable in their own skin, and will roll up their sleeves when needed to get the job done. This is a unique opportunity to be part of establishing a world-class supply chain organization within a large, privately held business that has the freedom to avoid short-term, quarter-to-quarter thinking and can instead adhere to a strategy and focus on long term success.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

Job Specifications:


  • Develop and implement the procurement strategy of machined components from suppliers, identifying and driving cost reductions and synergies among the BWG commodity group.
  • Manage the overall relationship with suppliers & develop the road map with strategic suppliers.
  • Negotiate & implement long term agreements with strategic suppliers across BWG.
  • Drive and ensure suppliers are held accountable for meeting continuous improvement initiatives from a strategic perspective including lead time reduction, flexibility to schedules, quality improvement, inventory reduction and cost reduction on year over year basis.
  • Develop cost baseline for commodity & inflation forecasts for the machined commodity. Financial analysis of cost changes and pricing implications.
  • Ensure supplier strategy has the capacity to enable continuity of supply and ability to provide required technical capability as required by the business units.
  • Evaluate & select new suppliers as they strategically apply across the business units. Conduct & update key supplier assessments.
  • Rationalize/optimize the commodities’ preferred supply base, balancing between cost and risk. Develop appropriate supplier strategies to leverage global volume on families of “like” parts to consolidate spend.
  • Set the “menu” for suppliers for BWG new Product launch, Supplier Transitions & Engineering Change Management processes.
  • Communicate and collaborate with global BWG Supply Chain Leadership, business unit Procurement teams and other Leadership to identify opportunities for regional & LCC sourcing, and additional cost savings.
  • Deliver Productivity and Working Capital Objectives. Present potential savings opportunities to procurement, engineering, manufacturing, and leadership team based on commodity data analysis.
  • Understand and monitor current commodity market conditions/trends. Develop technologies, supply chain capacity / capability, product knowledge, customer requirements and proactively communicate supply/demand challenges.
  • Establish a strong network and foster collaboration with customers, suppliers, and key stakeholders.


  • Analyze specifications, quality, quantity and delivery requirements for assigned highly complex product category or supply base; determine best supply source; survey markets for new supply sources; recommend and source substitute items if product is not available
  • Develop short and long-range purchasing strategies in order right-size the supply base, reduce cost, and improve service to internal customers
  • Establish strong, collaborative relationships with selected suppliers, partner on joint continuous improvement initiatives
  • Negotiate and create highly complex key supplier contracts based on competence, competitive standing, and alignment with company vision; maintain cost control and drive cost reduction
  • Prepare, analyze, evaluate and issue quotations ensuring all purchasing policy and objectives are met across sites; complete purchase transactions ensuring that all deliverables are met both locally and/or divisionally
  • Own sourcing strategy and value analysis of risk management vs. spend
  • Responsible for site inventory levels, product rejects and chargebacks
  • Attend/facilitate daily cross-functional team meetings and support parts flow to operations; provides direction; responsible for resolution of escalated supplier issues
  • Evaluate suppliers against quarterly supplier scorecard; perform site visits, collect and analyze internal metric data; require compliance to all performance parameters for which supplier is accountable
  • Maintain updated economic and business condition knowledge that may affect purchasing strategy; anticipate and recommend plan to mitigate risk due to changing conditions; consult with senior management to make decisions
  • Lead and/or actively participate in cross-functional and key projects such as e-commerce, product development, spend/cost reduction analysis, etc.
  • Prepare reports, value analysis studies and perform other procurement duties
  • Prepare and teach standard work procedures
  • Lead, coach, guide less experienced team members
  • Assist supply chain leadership in daily operations as requested; may assume responsibility for department operation in absence of supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills, Education and Experience:


  • 10 years sourcing/purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment with a strong working knowledge of domestic and international supply chain principles, MRP related operations, inventory replenishment strategies, financial analysis, business intelligence, and effective business processes across all functions.
  • Knowledge of or hands-on experience in Machined components, castings, and make-to-print manufactured items including but not limited to: Rollers, Pulleys, Gears, Plates, Sprockets, Shafts, and Bearings . Ability to influence product design standards, implement process control, and quality systems. Understands product requirements and offers innovative solutions.
  • Lean Manufacturing, DMF, and/or Six Sigma desired, specifically regarding the purchasing, material and manufacturing areas.
  • Strong communication skills to partner effectively with suppliers, engineering, quality, manufacturing personnel and peers in a dynamic team environment. Strong influencer.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, especially in an operations environment. Highly organized and utilizes strong organizational and follow up skills.
  • Experience in a global manufacturing structure, with experience in multi-business/entity; ideally exposed to a complex machine assembly environment. Experience in working across business units within a “matrixed” organization.
  • Excellent written, verbal, analytical, negotiating, and interpersonal skills. A demonstrated ability to work with all levels of leadership, collaboratively driving decisions.
  • Takes leadership role in problem solving, cost reductions, and process improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrated success with cost reductions (TCO model).
  • Ability to read technical drawings.
  • High ethical standards.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent. Focus in Supply Chain or related field.
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience.


  • None

Work Environment:

This is an office position associated with a manufacturing facility. Although the employee may spend a portion of his/her time in the office area, the employee’s essential job duties also require the employee to spend a portion of his/her time in the manufacturing area. The employee must be able to correctly wear and use any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by the employer when in the manufacturing area.

Position Type:

This is a regular, full-time position with the understanding that a regular workweek will require extended days and hours as needed to meet business needs.


Occasional domestic and/or global travel may be required for this position.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of the those performed in the job duties. The employee sits at a desk and uses a computer for prolonged periods of time. Performing the role frequently uses close vision, speech, hearing, and dexterity to operate office equipment. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It’s not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this job. This job description is subject to change at any time.



At Barry-Wehmiller we recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job. If your experience is close to what you see listed here, please still consider applying. We know that our differences often can bring about innovation, excellence and meaningful work—therefore, people from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply to our positions. Please let us know if you require reasonable accommodations during the interview process. ​

Barry-Wehmiller is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V This organization uses E-Verify.


Applicants may be subject to pre-employment screening which may include drug screening, reference checks, employment verifications, background screening and/or skills assessments.


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