Santa Clarita, California

Position Purpose:

Management of global supply base to maximize performance and leverage to positively impact financial performance of all Woodward business groups. Includes all aspects of commercial and contractual management of the assigned suppliers. Key focus is the selection and development of the supply base to match Woodward's future needs, but also includes support of the business group based purchasing functions in the areas of strategic alignment and critical issue escalation.

Essential Functions:

Strategy Development (supply base/market knowledge, business integration, deployment planning, internal alignment, global awareness)

  • Development of complex sub-commodity strategies with limited oversight - significant contribution to commodity level strategy development
  • Ability to understand and apply impact of business level strategies
  • Cooperative development of strategies with balance of enterprise and supplier(s)
  • Understanding of more advanced market influences (forecast of indices, labor, geopolitical, emerging markets, etc.) with integration into strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to develop supplier strategies aimed at the development of a long-term viable supply base - maximize sustainable value of supplier to WW results

Strategy Deployment (project management, metrics goals, escalations - charter, etc.)

  • Demonstrated ability o manage medium/complex projects containing unknowns and risks requiring quick adjustment to planning and activity to ensure goals are not compromised.

Supplier Relationship Management (commercial management, internal coordination and alignment)

  • Relationship management at significantly high level with supplier, including executive level with oversight
  • Strategic relationship (risk sharing, contractual creativity, etc.)

Analytics (Business Objects and external sources)

  • Development and deployment of appropriate actions based upon data
  • Basic interpretation of external data to influence decisions

Business Systems

  • Ability to find root cause through use of non-purchasing WISE application
  • Mentoring for Level 1 supplier managers on tools and applications

Contract Mgmt/Negotiation (type, development, execution, implementation and process)

  • Ability to develop non-standard agreements with oversite
  • Demonstrated ability to apply appropriate type of agreement to conditions
  • Development of negotiation strategies for simple and medium complexity contracts
  • Participation on complex negotiation teams and lead on medium complexity negotiations


  • Insight into regulatory compliance as it applies to projects and activities - incorporating activities to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Demonstrated understanding of intent of Global Sourcingstandardized processes to ensure desired results

Other Functions:

CI Process Development

  • Lead defined continuous improvement efforts - Global Sourcing oriented

Operate within Global Matrixed Structure

  • Effectively lead global/remote teams
  • Ability to discern roles/responsibilities in various organizational structures

Materials and Equipment Used:

  • MS Office Software
  • Basic Office equipment (copier, printer, fax, etc.)

Working Environment / Physical Activities:

  • Domestic and international travel required


Technical Knowledge

  • Understanding of technologies within one or more sub-commodities with ability to contribute with technical experts

Project Management

  • Ability to facilitate development of effective project schedules

Written and Verbal Communication Skills

  • Ability to effectively communicate at the enterprise level

Cultural Awareness

  • Awareness capable of meeting multi-cultural groups within their cultural landscape

Strategic Thinking

  • Ability to effectively drive planning and thinking around a future state

Six Sigma/Lean

  • Planning includes appropriate emphasis on improvements in Six Sigma and Lean implementation

Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to diffuse difficult communication to drive solutions

Data Analysis Skills

  • Ability to transform data to logical solutions

Leadership Skills

  • Ability to lead groups (internal and external) through difficult situations - drive consensus where possible maximizing support

Business Accumen

  • Knowledge of impact of activities on P&L

Time Management

  • Able to handle multiple tasks and priorities without compromising results

Professional Learning and Growth

  • Demonstrates ability to learn from within the organization as well as from industry resources

Metrics/Results Driven

  • Ability to develop plans and strategies to ensure achievement of goals and objectives

Supplier Quality System

  • Ability to guide others in the development of PPAP and execution of WPQR 9100
  • Strong participation in supplier assessment processes

Problem Solving/Ambiguity

  • Ability to execute actions that are not clearly defined and rive appropriate actions for known risks

Education or Formal Training:

  • 4 year bachelor degree is required, advanced business degree preferred, purchasing (CPM, CPI, APICS, etc.) and project management certifications preferred

Experience Required:

  • 3-5 years purchasing experience

    Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company’s innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.

    Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
    EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

Santa Clarita, California

Woodward delivers lasting contributions to energy control, always innovating for a better future. 

Woodward integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid, actuation, and electronic control systems for the aerospace and industrial markets. Our growth is driven by the increasing demand for fuel-efficient, low-emission, and high-performance energy management. 

We have a clear vision and follow carefully planned long-term strategies. With multiple locations in fourteen countries, Woodward can respond quickly with solutions tailored to the local demands of our customers. 

Our leadership in energy control and optimization solutions is built on a strong foundation, dating back to 1870. We are driven by the needs of our customers and guided by our tradition of integrity, values, and principles.



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