NPD Sourcing Manager I

Beatrice, NE
Dec 08, 2021
Jan 07, 2022
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

At the Toro Company's corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota we pride ourselves in being an industry leader for outdoor environment products. These markets include turf and landscape maintenance, snow and ice management, underground utility, specialty construction, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Our teams at this location take pride in being on the cutting edge of creating innovative products while partnering with world-class employees that bring passion to their everyday work. This is a location that truly values its employees with upward career mobility and advancement opportunities.

We invite you to become part of our team!

Major Function

Impactful Advanced Sourcing NPD (New Product Development) team contributor responsible for the integrated sourcing management throughout all phases of new project product/part development with Marketing, Design Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME), Manufacturing and Suppliers. The Advanced Sourcing Manager works with project teams, suppliers and Engineering to provide sourcing project support, determine technology design approaches and alignment of supplier capabilities in order to provide cost and quality advantages. The Advanced Sourcing Manager serves as a liaison for cross-functional sourcing participation in all development and design changes that require RFQ’s or ECN’s/ECO’s within the NPD process phase gates. Leads the sourcing efforts within a project to meet launch dates, project target costing, supplier/part RFQ’s and selection of buy parts for each project assigned.

Duties & Responsibilities

Identifies and maintains current knowledge regarding approved supplier capabilities, technologies and processes in order to assist in the matching of appropriate suppliers for new parts originating from new or revised BOM’s. Research of new technologies, materials, and suppliers that can be incorporated in new product development. Serve as an internal resource regarding supplier new products, capabilities, technologies, and sourcing process. Serves as an active product development team member in all phases of Toro BDS/PDS processes to ensure cross-functional objectives of New Product Development (NPD). Participates in new product/part design reviews and coordinates the election and participation of applicable suppliers. Provides standard costing assistance to the NPD project team early on in development phases. Integrates NPD activities with Production Sourcing to proactively assure parts availability, identify lead-time requirements, manage contractual obligations and establish comprehensive sourcing strategies. Participates with AME’s and product designers in identifying new outsourcing opportunities as part of the Make vs. Buy decision. Participates in pre-production manufacturing pilot runs and start-up of new product manufacturing as necessary to assure on-time delivery of parts and a high level of supplier performance. Works as a team member with Quality, Engineering and Manufacturing in the supplier assessment and qualification processes to determine supplier capabilities for meeting cost, quality, information, and service and delivery requirements. Ability to work independently and within a team environment. All other tasks, projects, and assignments as assigned.

Job Dimensions

  • Typical office environment as it pertains to lighting, temperature, and noise level when in administrative / operations offices.

  • Able to travel both domestically and internationally, approximately 10%.

  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse, and to handle other computer components.


  • A Bachelor’s of Science degree in supply chain management, economics, finance, operations, engineering, business, accounting, manufacturing, or related field.

  • Minimum of 5 years of supply chain experience; sourcing technical and mechanical parts or related components preferred.

  • Electronics or technology NPD project support preferred.

  • Electronical components & PCBA’s, Batteries & Power, Vision & Connectivity experience preferred.

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects concurrently and ability to prioritize in a development environment.

  • Excellent oral and written communications.

  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation, and team leadership skills.

  • Demonstrated negotiation skills.

  • Strong analytical abilities and research skills, including using internet sources as a resource.

  • High level of desktop software PC skills.

  • Understanding of enterprise purchasing and planning systems (SAP).

  • Skilled in reading and interpreting engineering drawings and blueprints.

  • CPIM, CPSM certification preferred.

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​ We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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