Global Textile Materials Sourcing Manager

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Date: Sep 8, 2021

Location: Spartanburg, SC, US

Company: Milliken and Company

Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Milliken & Company is a global, innovative, industrial diversified manufacturing company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, the company works around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make our world more sustainable. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents – and more than 5,000 patents worldwide. Milliken is widely acknowledged as an international leader in research technology, innovation, and customer service. With over 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, Mexico, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, Milliken's more than 7,000 associates work to deliver innovations that do good for the world, create new experiences, and build for the future.





Direct Materials Sourcing Manager –Textile Division




The Direct Materials Sourcing Manager is responsible for ownership of sourcing of over $150 million in annual spend supporting numerous manufacturing locations in the United States and Mexico for specific Business Units in Milliken’s Textile Division.  Expectations are to continuously deliver value to the business via strategic sourcing, cost reduction, supplier performance management, supply market monitoring and risk management.   This position requires extremely strong negotiation skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to develop a deep understanding of their assigned portfolio, the ability to work effectively with senior leadership of key suppliers, and the ability to develop deep collaborative relationship with the R&D, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Business Leaders in the Textile Division.  



  • Responsible for creating and implementing the Sourcing Strategy for major commodities that will include various fibers, yarns, and resins.
  • Develop and implement management strategies with key suppliers to ensure the availability of raw materials and product to meet the needs of specific Business Units in Milliken’s Textiles Division and strive for continuous improvement from suppliers in cost, delivery, and quality.
  • Ensure supply of materials to meet the needs of the assigned Division Business Units or Manufacturing Location, including strategy for risk mitigation.
  • Ensure that Milliken interactions with suppliers do not compromise primary or secondary business strategies relative to enablement of competitors.
  • Own communication flow to and from suppliers, including timely communications to necessary stake holders in the Textile Division.



  • Sourcing, engineering, and/or manufacturing experience
  • Bi-lingual (English / Spanish) a plus
  • Bachelor of Science degree (or higher) in related field: Business, Textiles, Manufacturing, Chemistry, Engineering, etc.
  • 2 - 5 years of applicable commercial sales, purchasing or sourcing experience
  • Experience leading, or participating in, new product development and/or process improvement projects
  • Experience working in close collaboration with commercial product development and/or manufacturing teams
  • Manufacturing plant floor, supply chain, and/or plant accounting experience a plus
  • Experience traveling internationally and working with companies in all regions of the world a plus
  • Experience using online tools and analytics
  • High degree of personal accountability, results orientated with a track record of beating commitments.
  • Bias for understanding business needs and the ability to establish and maintain a high level of trust and confidence with internal stakeholders
  • Demonstrated strategic sourcing and negotiation skills, knowledge in contract negotiations and administration of contracts
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to influence and facilitate cross-functional teams involving multiple functions with competing goals
  • Strong bias for continuous improvement; professionally curious and open to change.
  • Extremely emotionally intelligent with ability to rapidly assess situations and adjust demeanor to positively influence interactions
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to present to all levels of the organization and key suppliers.
  • Ability to rapidly assess and positively resolve dynamic business conditions which may include unplanned supply disruptions.
  • Ability to facilitate collaboration and drive improvements in the procurement process.
  • Proficient in SAP (or similar ERP), Microsoft Office, etc. 
  • Excellent analytical skills.  Proficient in data analysis and presentation.



Milliken & Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.