Director Procurement

vista outdoor   •  

Overland Park, KS

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


11 - 15 years

Posted 85 days ago

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Responsibilities and Qualifications

Bushnell is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vista Outdoors, a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The Bushnell business unit serves these markets through a diverse portfolio of well-recognized brands with a vision of constantly seeking to enhance the experiences of our Hunting, Shooting, Nature-watching and Golfing enthusiasts. We provide a range of high performing, innovative quality products including sports optics, rangefinders, gun care, reloading, eye & hearing protection, targets and a number of other accessories. Our guiding principle is to provide the highest quality, most reliable and affordable products & services on the market. We pride ourselves in our commitment to outstanding customer service and unmatched strong retailer partnerships. We believe our success stems from creating a culture where talented individuals passionate about the industry can craft a positive and enjoyable work environment.

Role Description and Key Responsibilities

The Director of Procurement will manage all sourcing, purchasing, vendor relationships for the Bushnell business unit. The Procurement director will focus on developing a robust procurement strategy and a high-performing organization capable of maximizing business value from our vendor partnerships through effective management of $180M+ in spend. This includes (but not limited to) cost savings, cash flow improvements, supply optimization, risk management, data & systems, and supplier relationship management that delivers innovation access.

This role represents a build-out of Bushnell’s procurement organization and an opportunity to impact the business in a meaningful way through sustainable change and the deployment of best-in-class sourcing processes, which are likely to include category management, spend aggregation/leverage,analytics/intelligence,contract development, supply base consolidation, expenditure approval and control, and automation. This represents a significant but exciting challenge involving supporting the vision, building a team, creating systems, engaging and educating stakeholders, negotiating/partnering with suppliers, managing WFOEs in China, establishing metrics/KPIs and driving year over year performance.

Responsibilities and year-one success criteria include, but are not limited to:

? Focus on supply market intelligence through opportunity identification and validation, supplying market research, market forecasts and external market analyses.

? Relationship management - Develop and measure supplier performance, resolve customer issues and focus on supplier development. Integrate data and collect information related to indirect spend management.

? Strategic vision for direct supply management excellence through bench-marked processes and drive Continuous Improvement across all vendors.

? Executes critical cost-savings and vendor consolidation / transition projects currently underway

? Build organizational awareness and support in combination with dissemination of knowledge,

? Drive results and create a sense of urgency through process and project management.

? Change management as it relates to supplier development strategies.

? Keep up to date on category opportunities by bench-marking other industries to provide projects and programs custom to Bushnell

Professional Experience and Qualifications

All candidates must be broadly-skilled and strategic sourcing leaders with a high level of intelligence, business acumen, and executive presence, as well as a penchant for innovation, keen natural leadership skills, a transformative mindset. The Director, Procurement must be a self-starter capable of driving results with limited guidance and oversight and have strong collaboration skills.

In addition, all candidates must possess the following skills, experience, or attributes:

? 10+ years’ experience with procurement, manufacturing or engineering roles with a focus on best-in-class operational tools and practices. Broad expertise in procurement ranging from New Product sourcing to Strategic sourcing to Project Management and execution.

? Experience in consumer goods industry desired with experience managing domestic and global supplier network. Must have experience managing sourced products, with additional commodities experience a plus.

? Experienced at managing complex engineered products with demonstrated ability to drive continuous cost reductions through “Value engineering” and “Design-to-value” methodologies. Experience with Optical and electronics component sourcing is desired.

? Understands the total value chain and total cost of ownership and has delivered improvements in both cost and cash flow.

? Has cross function and direct leadership experience. Collaborative leadership style -- able to communicate and partner well across functions and suppliers. Builds a winning culture of transparency, creativity, professionalism and performance.

? Direct management experience is a desired with experience managing remote personnel a plus.


A degree in engineering or other related technical discipline is required. An advanced degree is highly desirable; MBA preferred. Lean Sigma training and/or relevant procurement certifications are strongly preferred.


A robust compensation package will be formulated based upon the successful candidate’s total current compensation package and is likely to include a competitive base salary, annual performance bonus and long-term incentive plan. Benefits will also be provided.