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Global Commodity Manager, Grain & Protein Job

Date: Jan 5, 2021

Location: Assumption, IL, US

Company: AGCO

Job Summary:


This is an exciting opportunity within our global Grain & Protein Commodity organization taking leadership of one of our key strategic commodities. You will be managing a spend of ca. 100 million USD globally. You are part of a diverse, global team and have a passion and track record in establishing long-term, strategic partnerships with our suppliers. Interaction with stakeholders in other functions like Engineering and Quality will be key. You provide leadership and development to your core team of Purchasing Managers across the globe and coordination of a larger extended team.

As the Grain & Protein’s Global Commodity Manager you lead your assigned commodity on a global level within a cross-functional team setting. You are responsible for strategic and tactical processes within the commodity, while facilitating cost effective supply. In order to foster globally aligned and effective activities, you define a global commodity strategy (with support of regional commodity buyers) by taking the demand of owners and stakeholders into account.

Additionally, the Global Commodity Manager ensures the implementation of initiatives on a global level in order to drive cost optimizations by simultaneously ensuring consistent supply to Grain & Protein operations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify, implement & deliver value to Grain & Protein that is more than what is normally achieved by simply adding up our regions mathematically.
  • Be the owner of the global supply base for the managed categories; lead the effort of further optimizing and developing a global supply base structure by fostering more global/shared suppliers where it makes sense. Drive complexity reduction and standardization.
  • Coach and lead the extended team members in accordance to global commodity planning to actively manage regional/local suppliers as not all suppliers within any category are global.
  • Be the internal champion for your respective commodity categories & suppliers including but not limited to process partners like engineering, quality, logistics, legal, marketing, product management, etc.
  • Understand and ensure Grain & Protein benefits from latest market developments and innovation for managed commodity categories.
  • Ensure that reporting/feedback is viewed and reacted on, feedback loop, countermeasures where necessary, gap closure plans, etc.
  • An active but appropriate role in guiding New Product Introductions/new business awards for managed commodity categories. Ensuring maximum benefits, for current serial production, aftermarket parts & service needs as well as the new product prices and value structures.
  • Monitor supply risks associated to assigned commodity categories. Develop and deliver risk mitigation plans to minimize and eradicate supply disruptions.
  • Actively lead and coach extended team members and work conjunctively with them in developing their leadership, communication and commodity category management skills.
  • Be the overall owner of the Best Cost Country strategies for managed commodity categories.
  • Ensure alignment, develop & deliver most favorable commodity category strategies considering Grain & Protein’s core competencies and manufacturing (make vs. buy) overall strategies

Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master degree
  • 8 years+ working directly in the Purchasing/Materials Area
  • Understanding of Global Purchasing Organization
  • Strong understanding of Purchasing Tools
  • Good technical knowledge
  • Experience in respective direct material commodities in grain storage and animal protein equipment, indirect material related to factory and business operations, is preferred.
  • Successful track record in supplier negotiation and establishing long-term strategic partnerships
  • Influencing skills with stakeholders at all levels
  • Experience working in a multinational matrix organization
  • Proven record in cross-functional and virtual leadership and team development
  • Passion to drive results and improvements
  • Proficient in Systems, Microsoft and SAP
  • Travel Frequency: Up to 40% in the region and globally
  • Fluent in English (company language), additional languages are a plus


Your Perspective:

AGCO offers you long term sustainable business growth and an exciting industry with high tech solutions for famers feeding the world. The industry operates with cutting edge technology and we are digitalizing our customer experience.

At AGCO you have a voice and the opportunity to impact our long-term success, as well as your own. Employee development and growth is part of our company culture. If you are looking for an opportunity to work in an inspiring multinational environment for a leading global player of agricultural solutions, we look forward to receiving your application in English language (incl. your CV, motivation letter and earliest possible start date) via our career website: http://careers.agcocorp.com/. For more information about AGCO, please visit www.AGCOcorp.com.

AAP/EEO Statement

AGCO Grain & Protein is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of inappropriate or unlawful conduct on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or other protected group status as provided by law.

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