Director of Sourcing

Operations Highland Park, Illinois


Position at Autocar Parts, LLC

Do you want to be a strategic sourcing DIRECTOR at Autocar parts? 

Can you be comfortable being uncomfortable? Do you want to join an organization where your ideas and voice matters? Can you do 2 or 3 jobs instead of only one? Are you fine with always speaking your mind? Can you lead, execute, and stay focused despite many distractions, and do the work yourself if needed?  

At Autocar Parts, we are a national aftermarket parts distributor that fights for the customer’s needs. We know truck parts and put the customers’ needs first to help customers keep their trucks rolling.  

It takes a special kind of person to be a part of this business in transformation. We are privately owned and expect our team members to act with an owner mindset: Relentless about creating value for the customer. Dogged about finding efficiencies and eliminating waste. Standing arm and arm with the rest of the team until the job is done—and ready to do it again the next day, with a smile. 

It is not easy to do things differently in this industry. But we do it—because we are passionate about improving the lives of the drivers that use our trucks. 

Your Mission 


As Strategic Sourcing Director, you will be part of a diverse supply chain team responsible for creating and implementing sourcing strategies for all components used in Autocar Parts.  You will build a plan that focuses on obtaining competitive pricing and identifying and executing cost reduction strategies. You will lead negotiations for selected components and support your team on others to build the foundation of long-term contracts with key suppliers.  You will need to understand the market and forecast pricing trends to achieve budget and financial goals. You will build relationships with all areas of the business including sales, operations, and engineering. 

Key Outcomes 

Lead team of sourcing specialists to identify sources, negotiate contracts, and manage the master data to support Autocar Parts products.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities  

  • Develop and implement a sourcing strategy for items installed on Autocar Trucks, common parts, and private label that supports our Heavy-Duty Everything vision
  • Implement those strategies to source new parts at competitive prices which meet program targets.
  • Forecast and manage costs of current parts
  • Identify and execute cost reduction strategies
  • Support internal and external customer needs while building lasting relationships.
  • Hold regular vendor reviews focused on tactical objectives of cost & service as well as strategic opportunities for growth and new products
  • Partner with our truck manufacturing team to build joint agreements that support both OEM and aftermarket supply
  • Support your team to develop contract terms that benefit Autocar’s business needs and provide a competitive advantage
  • Achieve annual cost reduction goals
  • Lead the identification of new technologies, materials, and components aligned with the company technical roadmap that will result in a competitive advantage for Autocar Parts
  • Manage the New item add and associated master data.
  • Manage a team of 2-4 direct reports 

Position Requirements 

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Desire to apply skills and knowledge to lead the Autocar commodity purchasing team and develop outstanding and viable relationships
  • Proven track record of leading organizations and achieving results
  • Strong technical background – either technical degree or significant hands-on experience
  • 5 to 10 years supply chain, purchasing, or buying experience with a high volume and highly complex product
  • Experience in utilizing fact-based data to drive decisions
  • Self-starter and quick learner who requires minimal supervision and possesses good problem-solving skills 
  • APICS Certification

Where will you work?  This role is located at Autocar Parts’ headquarters in Highland Park, IL.  Walking distance to the Metra - Ravinia Train Station.  The role is on site Monday through Friday, regular business hours. 

What do we offer in benefits? We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary, incentive bonus opportunities, and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, 401K plan, etc.