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Sr. Sourcing Lead - Accessories

Plymouth, MN
Posted on Nov 8, 2022 Full time R15117
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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.

The (Sr.) Sourcing Lead (SSL) will be responsible for accessory procurement activities required for new product launches, new technologies new / key suppliers. This role will be responsible for selecting a supplier that best fits Polaris' quality, delivery, cost, and technology goals for new products and facilitate collaboration across engineering, PG&A product development, and PG&A purchasing team through the launch of new items and/or product lines.   The SSL will own the onboarding process for new accessory suppliers including supplier set up, training, setting of expectations, and handoff to purchasing and run state teams.   The SSL will also own the onboarding process with the exception of the supplier set up in the case of awarding new items to an existing supplier.  The SSL will become an expert in understanding the manufacturing capabilities and new technology for existing and potential suppliers to ensure Polaris is working with the best supplier partners driving additional market share and a premium rider experience.


  • Guides the supplier selection process for new projects and facilitates communication between suppliers and the development team. Responsible for driving consistent sourcing strategy across the Polaris accessory product lines.
  • Initiates and analyzes RFQ for new products and technologies in line with the sourcing and product strategy.
  • Understand supplier capabilities and capacities to produce product in line with Polaris volume expectations
  • Meet regularly with Production sourcing teams to align on strategy and shared supplier relationships
  • Manages relationships and processes with suppliers to support timely delivery of product to the customer.
  • Coordination of purchasing activities with PG&A purchasing team to transition products from development into full production.
  • Champion’s adherence to the Polaris Development Process (PDP), ensuring product cost, quality and delivery objectives are attained.
  • Assist in the development, production, and launch, of accessory product.
  • Monitor and report on cost, capital, schedule, quality, and technical status of projects and lead corrective actions as required.
  • Responsible for advising category teams on accessory cost reduction planning and monitoring cost summary reports trends. Conducts analysis on cost trends and develop / implements mitigation plans.
  • Assist in the ongoing segmentation of the PG&A supplier base


  • BS/BA degree is required.
  • 5+ years of experience preferred
  • Experience in Procurement with a demonstrated success in developing supplier partnerships.
  • Effective negotiation, communication, decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Functional knowledge of engineering documentation, manufacturing process control, and technical data.
  • Advanced knowledge of supply contracts with domestic and international suppliers.
  • Advanced knowledge of commodity markets, with capability to analyze data and develop strategy.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities in a fast paced environment


  • Fast-paced office environment.
  • Travel as required (20%) Regular trips to key suppliers, Polaris engineering and manufacturing facilities.

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

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. With annual 2021 sales of $8.2 billion, 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; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. 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.