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Commodity Manager- Direct

With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers. At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.


As a Global Strategic Category Leader you will develop and manage the direct material supply base for assigned categories across all Tennant locations globally.  This position can be located in either Minneapolis, MN or Holland, MI. In this individual contributor role you will be responsible for developing and executing global category strategies to optimize cost, quality, delivery, and inventory goals in support of Tennant Lean Supply objectives. You’ll also identify and proactively manage internal/external market and supply risks, drive process and technology innovation to further differentiate Tennant’s global leadership position, and continuously improve the overall capacity, capability, and velocity of the supply base. If you’re looking for a role where you will use your expertise to lead projects and contract negotiations while having an immediate impact on the business as we continue to grow, then this is the role for you.




  • Manage a Direct supply category or categories, including strategy development & deployment, supplier performance and relationship management, and total cost management and execution.
  • Develop and drive global strategies taking into account internal requirements and limitations as well as current and future external market conditions for the organizations global footprint.
  • Actively manage the direct materials (cost reduction) funnel from ideation and evaluation, to execution and implementation.
  • Manage and continuously improve the Global Strategic Supply Base utilizing Lean Manufacturing Principles/Methodologies and Total Cost Models.
  • Drive Technology improvements that provide more efficient processes for obtaining direct materials
  • Understand business goals and anticipate and mitigate Global Supply related issues that may prevent these goals from being achieved.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key organizational leaders and stakeholders across multiple regions and functional departments.
  • Capture and report on key performance indicators for Global Strategic Supply – Direct Materials utilizing enterprise data and reporting mechanisms
  • Provide active support for the Global Supply team in relation to New Product Development, Marketing, Product Management, Materials, Manufacturing, Quality and Current Product Engineering

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Material Management, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in manufacturing, distribution and/or logistics
  • Minimum 1 year of contract negotiation experience preferred  
  • Experience managing electronic or technology commodities preferred
  • MS Office, SAP or related ERP experience
  • Knowledge and exposure to the concepts of Material flow
  • Experience and knowledge working with regulatory issues commodity markets, and currency
  • Lean six sigma experience preferred



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Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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