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Vermeer Corporation Commodity 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 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.


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.