Bergstrom Climate Control Systems

Commodity Manager

Rockford, IL
Department: Purchasing
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4pm


The Commodity Managers reports to the Director of Purchasing and will from an integral part of the Purchasing function in the achievement of operational objectives. With a strong solid background in Engineering, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, the candidate will take a proactive approach in developing suppliers to ensure the lowest cost whilst achieving world class quality and delivery standards. The role is key to leading the company forward in securing quality suppliers of materials and components covering price, delivery and quality targets.



  • Manage and control a portfolio of external production suppliers.
  • Develop supply base strategies to identify suitable technologies and suppliers.
  • Ensure parts and materials are bought at the most competitive total cost and shortest lead time.
  • Confidently enter into contractual negotiations with current and potential suppliers to identify cost saving opportunities.
  • Establish strategic relationships with key supply partners aligned to the global supply chain strategy.
  • Identify new suppliers, agree terms and negotiate supply agreements where appropriate, including discount agreements and volume rebates.
  • Foster close working relationships with associated department e.g. Engineering, Production, Sales and Project Management.
  • Continually improve purchasing / supply chain methods to drive down external cost.
  • Continual benchmarking of the market to ensure up-to-date status on latest technology.
  • Supplier visits both in the US and overseas. Such visits may be with a very short notice.
  • Continually review processes and procedures and work with the Director of Purchasing to implement.
  • Stringent control of material costs in line with set objectives.
  • Full involvement with Engineering on the evaluation of new and existing parts and successful integration into the business.
  • Monitor current and future trends in the global market place.
  • Work closely with Quality to develop the principle of 'Supplier Quality Development' across the supply base.


  • High competency level in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word as a minimum)
  • Proven track record of controlling and reducing costs whilst developing a robust supply base
  • Fully conversant with modern day procurement and purchasing techniques
  • Experience of purchasing customs, manufactured parts including scheduled deliveries
  • Experience working with MRP and lean replenishment system is essential
  • Experience outsourcing to low cost countries would be an advantage
  • Direct supplier and commodity management for a specific number of suppliers/commodities
  • Represent the department at internal meetings and present purchasing performance achievements
  • Mange and coordinate of purchasing activities with relation to cost, quality and delivery performance
  • Continuous development of self and individual team members


  • CPSM or CSCCP certification


  • Bachelors degree in Business, Engineering, or related subject
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a Purchasing role or related technical Engineering role


If you would like to be considered and meet all the position requirements, please email your resume and cover letter to Andrew Hall in Human Resources.

Bergstrom Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.