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John Deere Supply Base Manager II (49200380) in Tianjin, Switzerland

Title: Supply Base Manager II - 72159

Primary Location: China (CN) - Tianjin - Tianjin

Organizational Group: A&T SM AG&TURF/R1/R2

Personnel Area: JD Tianjin-Shared Services

Function: Supply Management / Logistics

GJE Job Title: Supply Base Manager II

Job Grade: 08

Exemption Status: Exempt

Hiring Manager: Gen You

Title: Supply Base Manager II


  • Leads and motivates indirect reports and cross-functional team members.

  • Drives the implementation plan for the commodity team, establishing metrics and tracking tools to measure progress in meeting objectives and serving continuous improvement.

  • Identifies, develops and implements breakthrough methods to integrate with the Enterprise Product Delivery Process (PDP) processes and activities.

  • Leads sourcing teams in developing and implementing sourcing strategies to design the optimal supply base that meets organizational demands and secures the lowest total acquisition cost for purchased products and services.

  • Assembles and analyzes data to arrive at Request for Quote (RFQ) / Request for Proposal (RFP) criteria, a final list of potential suppliers, and a negotiation strategy.

  • Negotiates long-term agreements with specific suppliers, ensuring the company meets its goals.

  • Defines, resolves, and provides permanent solutions to systemic supplier performance issues with the assistance of other functional representatives such as quality, product engineering, etc., while managing the day-to-day supplier relationship issues, thereby assuring proper communication occurs.

  • Manages high level, strategic supplier contacts with key or high-impact suppliers as they are selected and integrated into the divisions operations -- developing relationships with upper management to assure long-term strategic sources: communicates performance goals, gaps to performance and outlines strategies for improvement to assure performance expectations are achieved as they relate to the Company's business needs, utilizing Achieving Excellence criteria.


Leads the Strategic Sourcing Process for higher spend, more complex, and critical components/services sourced on a global or regional basis by forming a cross-functional team for the purpose of data gathering, quote preparation, and gap analysis in order to make fact-based decisions regarding supplier selection and sourcing needs. Leads a commodity team in the implementation of strategies within the division/enterprise by administering the commodity strategy and purchase of material, components and services. May support the Enterprise Strategic Sourcing teams as a core member. Is responsible for managing the supplier relationship and supplier performance.


Understanding of operations.

Knowledge and application of Supply Management Processes and tools.

Skill in interpersonal communications, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

Understanding of fundamental business principles and practices.

This position will be posted for a minimum of 7 business days and unposted when a qualified pool of candidates is achieved.