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Vermeer Corporation Commodity Manager in Pella, Iowa

Who We Are

Vermeer equips customers doing important work around the world. We are global, driven by innovation and growing. The equipment we make manages natural resources, connects people and feeds and fuels communities. We live out a caring culture, we demonstrate agility, we keep a focus on customers and are stewards of our resources. These beliefs drive our culture, determine how we treat others and steer our business.

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

The Commodity Manager develops the commodity strategies for which they are assigned. This includes supplier relationships, contractual obligations for the company, negotiations for long-term advantage, and communication within Vermeer and with the supplier base to assist internal customers to support their strategic needs.

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

  1. Demonstrate the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused, and stewardship and model the associated behaviors.

  2. Lead cross functional teams to develop commodity strategies to achieve total cost improvements, lead time reductions, and overall supply rationalization. Manage year over year price improvements.

  3. Create strategic and robust plan to ensure positive value is achieved through a systematic approach for a specific group of products. This includes inventory management, lead-time reductions, lower costs, and quality assessments.

  4. Coordinate with purchasing and materials managers to align goals and mitigate any risk associated with the commodity. Enhance supplier relationships and review performance metrics to support production needs both short and long-term.

  5. Develop a clear understanding of the market forces and conditions that drive each commodity and set strategies to guide those forces effectively. Develop annual “cost down strategies” with key suppliers that support Vermeer’s goals.

  6. Lead internal management groups to support their long-term strategic need for a commodity.

  7. Administer supplier audits, site reviews, and any supply breakdowns due to not meeting expectations agreed upon by supplier.

    Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business Administration.

  • Minimum of 3 years of procurement experience, preferably in Supply Management, Project Management, Engineering, or Business.

  • Experience with strategic sourcing in a manufacturing setting.

    Other Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of warehouse inventory management, blue prints, contract law, purchase orders, blanket orders, marketing and sales data.

  • Ability to work with others in difficult situations managing conflict and taking ownership for commodity projects.

  • Ability to prioritize projects and multi-task to meet deadlines and customer’s expectations.

  • Ability to work with suppliers in a professional manner and negotiate best total cost benefit for the organization.

  • Ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships, which encourage openness with customers and peers.

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

  • Knowledge of Vermeer’s ERP system and be able to access data as required.

    Certificates, Licenses, Registration

Certified Professional in Supply Management preferred.


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

Work Location

ONSITE: A team member’s day-to-day work is best done on a Vermeer campus. If work content can be occasionally completed at an offsite location, discuss potential arrangements with your manager.

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Vermeer Corporation, we believe in the value of your unique identity, background, and experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions at (641) 621-8767 or at .

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