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Sr. Sourcing Lead, Off-Road & Marine Accessories

Plymouth, MN
Posted on May 14, 2024 Full time R22917
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.

Position Overview:

As the Senior Sourcing Lead in our Parts, Garments & Accessories (PG&A) division, you will play a crucial role in driving procurement strategies for iconic off-road brands like Polaris Ranger, Polaris Sportsman, and marine legends such as Bennington, Godfrey, and Hurricane. Your expertise will be key in selecting top-tier suppliers to enhance Polaris' reputation for quality, innovation, and cost efficiency. You will lead new product introductions and collaborate closely with engineering, product development, and purchasing teams to ensure seamless product launches. This role offers significant autonomy, visibility with executive leadership, and the satisfaction of seeing your projects come to life in our world-class UTVs and boats. Join us to make a tangible impact on our product offerings and brand excellence.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the largest supplier spend category for Polaris accessories, ensuring alignment with strategic sourcing goals.
  • Drive the RFI/RFQ/RFP processes to introduce novel products and breakthrough technologies.
  • Negotiate key contracts with suppliers, ensuring optimal terms for Polaris.
  • Present new program readiness at cross-functional gate reviews, including senior leadership.
  • Assess supplier capabilities to ensure they meet production volume expectations and strategic objectives.
  • Collaborate with the Global Sourcing team to optimize shared supplier relationships.
  • Manage supplier engagements to ensure timely product delivery, enhancing market reputation.
  • Oversee the transition of products from development to full-scale production.
  • Champion the Polaris Development Process (PDP) to achieve cost-efficiency, quality, and delivery standards.
  • Spearhead the development, production, and launch of accessory products, driving industry innovation.
  • Analyze project costs and performance, implementing corrective actions and cost reduction initiatives.
  • Enhance the segmentation of the PG&A supplier base to reinforce competitive advantage.

Desired Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking: You excel at developing and executing forward-thinking sourcing strategies that align with overall business goals.
  • Negotiation Skills: Your ability to negotiate effectively ensures that Polaris secures favorable terms and builds strong supplier partnerships.
  • Project Management: You efficiently manage multiple priorities and ensure that all projects are completed on time and within budget.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is essential.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in sourcing/procurement, with a strong track record of fostering robust supplier partnerships.
  • Proven negotiation skills, along with exceptional communication and analytical abilities.
  • Experience with supply contracts on both domestic and international fronts.
  • Solid understanding of engineering documentation, manufacturing controls, and technical specifications.
  • Expertise in commodity market analysis and developing strategic sourcing plans.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.

Working Conditions:

  • Hybrid office environment (3 days in office, 2 days of flexibility).
  • Ability to travel up to 20%, including regular visits to key suppliers and Polaris facilities.

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We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.  www.polaris.com  

EEO Statement


Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.