Strategic Sourcing Manager Metals (m / f / d)


(1117) Budapest, Hungary
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01 April 2023

Requisition Number: 60302

Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

The Global Supply Management (GSM) Function is recognized as a critical function for business success.  It delivers the training, tools and opportunities needed to create innovative solutions for the function & the corporation.  GSM has leading edge, effective processes to anticipate and exceed customer requirements.


For our location in Budapest, Hungary, we are looking for a

Strategic Sourcing Manager Metals (m/f/d)

Position Description – Day to Day Responsibilities:

-Develop and implement sub-category strategies for multiple divisions/sites to optimize cost.
-Develop and/or assist with Strategic Sourcing plans/strategies and based on forecasts of future demand and considering economic and currency trends and conditions that affect Product &Technology, the business, and the global commodity sourced.
-Provide market conditions, pricing, shortages, or technical information to divisional procurement.
-Lead the development and communication of global supply intelligence for assigned commodities. (i.e., market intelligence, should-cost modelling, low-cost sourcing activities, consortiums, etc.).
-Recommend and implement process change and enablers required to shift current fragmented spend and project procurement to a category management methodology.
-Identify, lead, and communicate cost reduction opportunities across multiple plants and businesses.
-To carry out the negotiations for key suppliers and ensure adequate contract cover within the portfolio with divisional sourcing resources to be compliant with the Global Delegation of Authorities/Signatories policy.
-Work with the Business Supply Managers, Global Strategic Sourcing Managers, and Divisional procurement Buyers on developing and executing Shared objectives.
-Share the best practices across the divisions to maximize Corning benefits.
-Manage key supplier performance where necessary to ensure uninterrupted supply.
-Owns the Supplier Relationship Management process for the assigned commodities and developing and cultivates effective relationships with key suppliers.

Scope of Position:

-Reporting to Global Strategic Sourcing Manager – Metals, this role will lead the tactical procurement activities for several metal categories for the various businesses (COC, CSM-AO) and selected global categories (Optical fiber making products, metal oxides).
-The role will work closely with a wide internal customers base as well as other functional service leaders to identify business and functional customers’ priorities and closely align with business/functional strategies.
-Act as a metals reference point for internal customers.
-Understands mechanical processes relative to supplier operations, manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain.
-Understands metals markets, is comfortable with Base metals pricing methodologies.
-Capable of following market trends by using news and pricing reports, providing guidance to internal stakeholders using tools like Elementum.

Required Skills:

-Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in economics, (chemical) engineering or similar
-Very good communication skills in English, both written and oral. Any other language, especially German, would be a benefit
-Engaging and capable of building strong internal customer, internal procurement, and external supplier relationships
-Customer focused
-Self-motivated, takes initiative
-Ability to multi-task, manage many changing priorities and be flexible
-Problem solving, root cause identification and follow through to permanent solutions
-Global negotiation skills
-Global commodity strategy development and business alignment
-Good listening skills / Attention to details
-Strong data analysis skills

Desired Skills:

-Industry knowledge – strong market, technical and procurement background sourcing raw materials
-Interest in and/or experience with metals
-Innovative contracting in volatile markets to assure competitive pricing models
-Having a technical / engineering background or experience
-Strong data analysis
-Project Management skills

Soft Skills:

-Capable of working independently, but knows when to ask questions for guidance
-Works effectively in teams
-Can communicate with all levels of the organization globally

Travel Requirements:

-Up to 20% international travel commitment, mainly Europe-wide


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