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Date: Aug 8, 2019

Location: Benton Harbor, MI, US, 49022

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 33053 


Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Respect, integrity, diversity and inclusion, teamwork and the spirit of winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of the world's leading major home appliance company.


Function Overview

Whirlpool is seeking qualified candidate for a Senior BuyerThis role is highly visible role working closely with senior business leaders, legal, and procurement to analyze, develop, and drive category specific sourcing initiatives to meet and exceed business metrics in terms of cost, quality, service, and delivery.  The position will cover $70M in spend within Indirect Procurement, having specific focus on the Finance category, including but not limited to audit, consulting services, and banking.

In this role, you will develop, support, lead, and/or manage the development of category strategies, multiple sourcing and process projects, continuous improvement plans, supplier service level agreements, etc.  You will support/lead national and maybe global procurement initiatives, industry benchmarking, and new ways to improve cash flow.  You may also find yourself analyzing spend data to uncover new potential opportunities and leveraging best practices from global


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage the business relationship between Whirlpool and its Suppliers of specific commodities across all product categories within our Global Strategic Sourcing organization (supplier selection, supplier development, contract negotiations, supplier issue resolution, supplier cost reductions, purchase order approvals and management)
  • Develop collaborative relationships with Business Stakeholders (including senior leadership) and suppliers
  • Provide leadership and management for categories and multiple procurement projects
  • Drive extraordinary results in meeting critical cost savings, quality, and service objectives
  • Drive change, compliance, and continuous improvement in the procurement organization
  • Jointly developing and implementing category strategies to drive direction and results
  • Managing sourcing projects, key initiatives, and supplier negotiations
  • Verifying spend analysis, market insights, SLA’s, and total cost of ownership
  • Assessing current business and legal risks in existing and or new contracts
  • Approving and drafting contracts and/or statements of work between Whirlpool and suppliers
  • Building accountability for supplier performance relative to contracted service levels
  • Managing supplier pay terms in adherence to Whirlpool policy


 Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years’ experience in Procurement, Supply Chain or Business


Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Supply Chain, Procurement, Business
  • Experience and or knowledge with Finance related services
  • Experience using ERP systems, familiarity with e-sourcing tools, CPIM and/or CPM certifications
  • Ability to successfully manage critical projects in adherence to objectives and milestones
  • A strong application of strategic RFP processes, supplier management, and other procurement principles
  • Successful negotiation experience, contract development, and execution
  • Ability to understand Whirlpool business environment, requirements, and corporate culture
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Strong planning, organizational, managing, financial, and analytical skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal, motivational, and influential skills to engage business partners
  • Strong leadership attributes and decision-making abilities
  • Strong customer focus with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the business
  • Excellent written and verbal communication (English language), with proficient PC related skills



About us

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2017. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.

At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. 


Additional information about the company can be found on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp. 

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