Associate Sourcing Engineer - Knoxville, TN

Date: Jun 7, 2024

Location: Columbia, SC, US, 29210

Company: Hubbell Incorporated

Job Overview

Support Chemicals Category Manager in on-going cost-reduction and supply chain resiliency activities.  Engage with internal stakeholders (Engineering, Operations, Quality) to capture material requirements and prospect for suppliers to deliver those requirements.  Learn Category-specific negotiation skills and, in time, assume responsibility for ongoing negotiations of select products and/or product groups.  Advises on options risks, total cost of ownership, and business impacts.


This is a hybrid role, candidate will preferably live in the Southeast US Region

A Day In The Life

  • Manages day to day category supplier relations and seeks growth or revision opportunities within supply base.
  • Partner with internal stakeholders (engineering, operations, materials, quality) to capture commodity requirements and ensure supplier qualification and quality - partner with regional or business unit sourcing teams as needed 
  • Under the direction of Category Manager assist with developing & executing detailed commodity strategy 
  • Assess Opportunity for commodity including spend segmentation, commodity maturity, cost drivers, and supply market analysis 
  • Accountable for execution of sourcing projects including continuous improvement, consolidation, cost take out, etc. 
  • Conduct or support negotiations and supplier selection 
  • Responsible for delivering commodity productivity through price negotiations, supporting value analysis/engineering projects (VAE) and other continuous improvement projects. 
  • Support supplier segmentation, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and quarterly supplier reviews. 
  • Support commodity continuity of supply - engage with plants (Materials Managers, Buyers, etc.) to help local teams efficiently resolve escalated issues. 
  • Support region/sector NPD Procurement teams through preferred supplier programs and RFQ's. 
  • Responsible for forecasting, reporting, mitigating, and recovery of commodity inflation 
  • Assist with development and presentation of periodic Commodity Reviews including updated projects, metrics, strategy, and countermeasures 

What will help you thrive in this role?


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering or related field
  • 3 + years procurement sourcing experience, consulting, buyer, and/or analyst experience
  • Demonstrate competence in negotiating skills and assessing vendors.
  • Candidate must have demonstrated experience coordinating, facilitating discussions, consultation and conflict resolution skills
  • Professional communication; both verbal and written are required.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%


 Key Competencies:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Supply Chain Acumen – Ability to drive global development and execution of supply chain strategies for assigned components or services to achieve optimal results in the key areas of Quality, Delivery, & Price.
  • Project Management – Review and approve project plans, oversees project execution, balances projects between short and long-term focus, secures alignment with cross-functional partners.
  • Global Business Thinking/Strategizing-Demonstrates deep global knowledge of suppliers, industry trends, emerging markets and technology, builds this knowledge into GSC strategies/playbooks, develops global talent.
  • Problem Solving—Identifies/anticipates potential problems, supports root cause analysis, evaluates robustness of corrective action plan and oversees plan implementation.
  • Relationship Management – Creates collaborative environment with cross-functional partners, assures regular/appropriate two-way communication flow, builds/maintains relationship with industry peers and suppliers.




Initiative and Drive
Communicating and Influencing
Enabling Execution
Global Business Acumen
Planning, Organizing, and Decision Making

Hubbell Incorporated


Hubbell creates critical infrastructure solutions that power our customers, communities, people and the planet. Our company is strategically aligned around enabling grid modernization and electrification. As more products plug in to an aging grid, Hubbell solutions enable the transition to a more reliable, resilient and efficient energy infrastructure. Founded in 1888 our innovation has made us a leading global manufacturer of high quality electrical and utility solutions enabling customers to operate critical infrastructure reliably and efficiently.


The company operates in two segments. Hubbell Utility Solutions (HUS) enable the grid to conduct, communicate and control energy across utility applications and Hubbell Electrical Solutions (HES) are essential to managing power across a wide range of industries and applications. Our vertical market solutions can be applied to markets including Data Centers, Renewables, Commercial Buildings, Industrial, Telecom and Transportation. Supporting both of our business segments is our corporate and Hubbell Unified Business Solutions teams that provide consistent process, tools technologies across our businesses.


We are committed to operating sustainably and ethically while promoting an inclusive and supportive culture for our people to grow and develop in their careers. Our employees proudly work and serve our communities from our headquarters in Shelton, CT, across the United States and around the globe.


Hubbell Utility Solutions 


Hubbell Utility Solutions (HUS) enable the grid to conduct, communicate and control energy across utility applications. HUS provides the critical components that allow the grid to reliably transmit and distribute energy, as well as the communications and controls technologies to make the grid smarter and more flexible.


Hubbell Incorporated, its subsidiaries and affiliates, is an EO Employer AA: M/F/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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