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Vermeer Corporation Strategic Sourcing Manager in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do More®.

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

The Strategic Sourcing Manager manages Commodity Managers to ensure the Procurement department provides quality, cost-efficient purchased items that are in-line with the strategic commodity direction. This role works with the other sourcing groups by communicating supplier issues and assisting in selecting the appropriate supplier on new model machines. This position also negotiates supplier agreements and pricing, as required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Lead through the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused, and stewardship and model the associated behaviors. Manage assigned team members in performance of their duties. Establish and monitor individual and team goals which are aligned with the organization’s business strategies and objectives and ensure department is properly serving its internal and external customers and meeting defined expectations.

  2. Lead cross functional commodity team projects.

  3. Analyze and negotiate pricing, supply agreements, and strategic direction and selection of suppliers for purchased components.

  4. Drive cost savings and lead time reduction programs in procured components.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 7-10 years previous experience in procurement and/or engineering with 3+ years in management and/or training; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • MBA preferred.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Strong purchasing and negotiating skills.

  • Ability to manage inventory levels, reduce lead times, reduce prices, ensure on time delivery, participate in kaizen events and policy deployment.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers, and co-workers, and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness.

  • Ability to produce accurate, professional and error-free documents in a timely manner.

  • Demonstration of good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to speak to large groups of people.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration

CPSM certification preferred.


Up to 25% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions in human resources at (641) 621-8767 or at

Why Vermeer?

Our reach is global, our impact is personal. By joining Vermeer, you won’t just be making the right step for your career. You’ll be making a real, personal impact on our people, our customers and our world.

Impact Our People: You’ll find teams of hardworking people who take pride in their work, pride in each other and pride in the principles that guide them. Our team members are diverse, talented and driven to continuously learn, improve and innovate, both for our company and for their careers.

Impact Our Customers: Whether our customers are operating small stump cutters in their backyard or giant surface mining equipment in Australia, they make progress happen. Our team members are constantly turning up new possibilities and collaboratively innovating to keep our customers and the people they serve on the leading-edge of progress around the world.

Impact Our World: At Vermeer, we believe in giving back and helping people and communities. We’ve held that belief from our founding in 1948. Our reach extends from offering impressive benefits that help our team members and their families live well, to supporting our local communities through volunteer and community investment programs. Our impact is also experienced by the way our customers use Vermeer products to make a difference. Vermeer equipment is used all around the world to keep people connected to life necessities, such as water and electricity, harvest the feed that nourishes a vibrant food supply and effectively manage precious natural resources that improve our quality of life.