Global Commodity Manager - Wood Products

Knoll   •  

East Greenville, PA

Industry: Manufacturing


5 - 7 years

Posted 218 days ago

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Tracking Code 1310-056Job Description


Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors.  Since 1938, we’ve been thinking about how people interact with their environments, and how their environments impact what they do. Our strength in office systems, seating, furniture, textiles, leather, architectural accessories allows us to compose integrated solutions from products and services that naturally work together.


Position Profile:

This position is responsible for managing the strategic procurement of Knoll’s wood products. Individuals must create and foster engagements internal and external to Knoll to drive change in their area(s). Individuals should have a strong understanding of specific commodities and the effect of market / industry influences and changes

Required Skills

Educational Requirements:

  • BS/BA Degree or equivalent experience
  • MBA or equivalent desirable


Experience Requirements:


Industry Experience: 5 years or more procurement experience at a leadership level.

Strong skills in the following areas:

    • Leadership
    • Supplier Negotiations
    • Contract Negotiations
    • Lean
    • Management
    • Strategic
    • Quantitative & Qualitative Assessment
    • Communication (written & verbal)
    • Presentation
    • Analytical

Required Experience


  • Strong industry knowledge of wood products and derivatives including particle board, high and low pressure laminate products, MDF, veneers, and edgebanding.
  • Develop Commodity Strategies to optimize quality, cost, and supply to support Knoll North American Office business goals.
    • Achieve stakeholder buy in to commodity strategy
    • Drive cross functional participation in major commodity projects
  • Develop a strategic supply base to support the commodity strategy objectives.
  • Effectively lead and/or support continuous improvement projects in support of Knoll production plants
  • Implements strategic plans to:
    • Select supply base including new product development, product changes and resourcing of suppliers
    • Negotiate and approve contractual agreements.
    • Manage supplier relationships including leading business reviews
    • Develop supplier performance including supplier metrics
    • Implement efficient fulfillment and supply processes
  • Develop annual financial savings Plan and measure performance to individual goals
    • Continuously generate cost savings ideas to support Plan
    • Utilize project management skills to achieve cost savings
  • Effectively communicate status of projects and commodity activities to key stakeholders
  • Preparation and presenting of monthly internal reporting metrics  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software


  • Associates in this position need to be Proficient in:
    • Getting Things Done
    • Connecting with others
    • Critical Thinking
    • Leadership Capacity



Challenge status quo; explore new technologies, processes and ways of doing business. Integrate and develop new or visionary direction towards objectives. Responsible for driving a customer focused culture.


Actively participate in new product development programs. Support (and lead as necessary) new product procurement activities ensuring that products are able to be sourced in a cost effective, environmentally friendly, efficient, and quality conscious way.

Champion continuous improvement projects in designated area. Lead specific projects as required. Lead implementation of lean culture as a way of life.

Perform other duties as necessary in support of business objectives. This position description is intended to guide the activities of the Commodity / Strategic Sourcing Manager. It is not intended to limit the thinking and creativity of the person to the work of this function nor is it intended that this describe all the work that may be required of the person in this position.