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Sourcing Lead

Battle Ground, WA
Posted on May 21, 2024 Full time R23025
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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 a Sourcing Lead at Polaris Inc., you'll play a critical role in shaping and executing sourcing strategies for our cutting-edge Ride Command and Infotainment products. Your expertise will ensure that our suppliers meet the highest standards in delivery, quality, new product integration, and cost competitiveness. You'll be a key leader at our Battle Ground, WA site, driving success in central operations and supporting our broader organizational goals. If you're passionate about strategic sourcing and making a significant impact, this is the opportunity for you!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and align sourcing strategies for assigned categories with the broader organizational sourcing strategy.
  • Manage and establish new supplier relationships, ensuring effective communication and alignment.
  • Lead the request for proposal and quote processes for new parts and revisions, proposing supplier selections based on defined commodity strategies.
  • Identify and implement cost reduction projects, supplier exits, and tool transitions.
  • Oversee cost, schedule, technical, and drawing release status of projects, leading corrective actions as needed.
  • Execute a multi-year vision for the commodity, incorporating input from internal customers, purchasing goals, risk assessments, and growth plans.
  • Establish individual supplier cost reduction approaches and targets, working closely with suppliers to achieve these goals.
  • Utilize fact-based negotiation, should-cost modeling, and competitive market analysis to drive cost reduction initiatives.
  • Establish contractual commitments for long-term cost savings to meet departmental goals.
  • Support supplier quality functions in determining root causes and implementing countermeasures for quality issues.
  • Monitor and drive supplier performance to meet Polaris quality and delivery requirements.
  • Manage supplier capabilities, lead-times, and capacity to ensure timely delivery of components for production schedules.
  • Support part shortages and delivery needs as necessary.
  • Conduct make vs. buy analysis, preparing and soliciting requests for quotes and proposals.
  • Coordinate resources and schedules across multiple departments to support vehicle development, launch, production, and ongoing production support.

Desired Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking: You excel at developing long-term strategies that align with broader organizational goals and effectively manage supplier relationships.
  • Negotiation Skills: You are adept at negotiating favorable terms and driving cost reduction initiatives through fact-based approaches and market analysis.
  • Project Management: You are highly organized, capable of managing multiple priorities and deadlines, and skilled at coordinating resources across various departments.


  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration, or a technical area.
  • APICS CPIM and/or ISM C.P.M./A.P.P. certification desired.
  • 4+ years of experience in purchasing or relevant fields.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
  • Strong negotiation, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, both within the team and cross-functionally.
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines effectively.
  • Professionalism in developing productive working relationships with suppliers.
  • Capability to read and interpret engineering documentation and technical data.
  • Fundamental knowledge of MAPICS MRP and web-based business systems desired.
  • Proficiency in presentation skills, including PowerPoint development and presenting to leadership.
  • Knowledge of project management tools and the ability to assist in tasks assigned by Project Managers.

The base salary range for Washington is $84,150 to $99,000. Individual salaries within those ranges are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge, skills, and geography.  


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.  

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.