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Spcialist II, Sourcing Category

Company: Progress Rail Services
Location: Sherman
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Purpose

The Sourcing Category Specialist II leads efforts to maintain and seek approval of sourcing strategies. Continuously optimizes the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and leads cost reduction programs. Selects, negotiates and establishes contracts with suppliers.They also ensure supplier's performance, resolves chronic problems regarding quality and supply while working closely with all functions and supports resolution of operational issues when required.

Company Description

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is an integrated rolling stock and infrastructure provider, delivering a full range of products and services to domestic and international railroad customers. Our customers enjoy one-stop shopping and comprehensive cradle-to-grave railway solutions - whether it rolls on the rail or is the rail itself. From locomotives, transit, freight cars and engines, to tracks, signals and advanced technology, we ensure customers can count on us to meet all their rail needs. Forging the bridge between ideas and success, our talented and innovative team members work together to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. As part of a vibrant, global network of business operations, each and every member of our team is important to our success. With headquarters in Albertville, Ala., more than 7,000 dedicated employees serve customers through a network of close to 150 locations around the world. For more information, visit and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter and YouTube.

Education / Training

  • Associate's degree or higher in supply chain management, logistics or business administration and a minimum of 2 years of supply chain, purchasing and/or strategic sourcing experience in a manufacturing setting;
  • APICS CSCP or CPIM certification;
  • 2-3 years procurement or strategic sourcing experience in a manufacturing setting.

Key Job Elements

  • Ensure commodity strategies align to corporate goals and strategies;
  • Communicate the sourcing strategies and ensure their compliance within the Supply Chain and cross functionally;
  • Drive continuous improvement throughout the Supply Chain;
  • Participate in the standardization of initiatives;
  • Communicate the sourcing strategies and ensure their compliance;
  • Identify risks and implement opportunities on current and future orders;
  • Develop, analyze and maintain cost on assigned commodities;
  • Cooperate with stakeholders to guarantee agreement on terms and processes;
  • Support the operations on supplier performance issues and contract management;
  • Monitor supplier efficiency and their continuous improvement based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs);
  • Maintain and communicate supplier ratings;
  • Build contacts network internal and external;
  • Develop and update sourcing strategies, benchmarks and market intelligence with active participation from engineering, procurement, operations and quality;
  • Develop long-term agreements with selected strategic suppliers;
  • Create purchasing leverage and synergies across sites;
  • Support the administration of long-term agreements;
  • Develop/manage key performance reports per commodity and supplier;
  • Coordinate Supplier Development activities as required;
  • Develop long term supplier relationships through regular performance reviews.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Sound knowledge of ERP or MRP systems;
  • Detail oriented / sense of urgency / follow-through;
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently and efficiently;
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to communicate/deal with various vendors as required;
  • Adapt to frequent changes in workload & priority as circumstances dictate;
  • Experience sourcing with global supply of material;
  • Good financial skills, cost analysis, demonstrated ability to analyze trends and statistical data.


Equal Opportunity Employer - Race/Color/Sex/Religion/National Origin/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Vets/Disabilities


Progress Rail Services Corporation and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer an excellent total compensation package* including competitive salary, 401(k) plan with company match, available medical/dental/life/disability insurance coverage and paid vacation and holidays. Relocation assistance may be available for some positions.

  • Benefits eligibility differs by job position and employment status - governing plan documents control such benefits..

Job Category

Supply Chain

Keywords: Progress Rail Services, Allen , Spcialist II, Sourcing Category, Other , Sherman, Texas

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