• 31-Aug-2017 to 31-Aug-2018 (CST)
  • Middleton, WI, USA
  • Full Time

The Material Area Manager is an experienced sourcing professional with strong business insight. This position leads the creation and implementation of a common material area strategy globally across business areas. The position is also accountable for ensuring effective vendor base for the material area and securing strong sourcing contribution to product category management and new product development on strategic, tactical and operative levels. The Material Area Manager leads and coaches effectively virtual teams of sourcing professionals and also excels in collaboration with various other stakeholders across organizations and cultures to achieve material area goals.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Collects input from different Fiskars strategies and market intelligence, sharing business requirements of material area(s).
  • Creates material area strategy and leads strategy communication and implementation.
  • Targets and sets goals based on Fiskars targets and material area strategy.
  • Sponsors vendor relationship management (through escalations).
  • Secures cost competitiveness in material area (total cost).
  • Contributes in product category planning including NPD.
  • Leads sourcing activities in NPD process.
  • Leads virtual material area team.
  • Coaches and leads competence development in material area and sourcing process issues.


  • Bachelor's degree (Ops Management or International Business or Engineering); MBA desirable
  • Minimum 4 years of sourcing experience including overseas negotiation, packaging, and total cost of acquisition analysis; 5+ years with direct experience in a global organization with international supply base in consumer products related industry.
  • Strong overall sourcing understanding, Sourcing strategy and supply base management, Cost and price management, NPD process and product category understanding, Project management, Persuading and influencing skills; desirable Product and manufacturing engineering within the material area and virtual team management and cross-cultural collaboration.
  • Proven experience in cost optimization and improvement on a consist ant basis; desirable demonstrated virtual or practical team collaboration or leadership in a fast paced international setting.


Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities


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