Commodity Manager/Buyer – Winona, MN

Commodity Manager/Buyer

RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, Minn., is a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics. The company has 18 manufacturing plants located in the United States, Mexico, Germany, France, Singapore and China. RTP Company’s engineers develop customized thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear-resistant properties.

We are currently seeking a Commodity Manager/Buyer.  The individual will be responsible for identifying cost savings initiatives, project management and implementation, contract negotiations, building relationships with all internal departments to manage business expectations and requirements. Key initiatives include rationalizing the supplier base, securing approved contracts with key suppliers, increasing working capital through payment terms improvements, and improving supplier performance.

Essential Duties:

  • Indirectly lead and develop team to achieve World Class Sourcing Performance
  • Manage costs to provide year over year net savings
  • Meet Monthly and Annual reporting and metric requirements and provide further enhancement for improved analysis
  • Manage and nurture supplier relationships
  • Focus on continual improvement and streamlining of processes
  • Proactively communicate with top level leadership
  • Liaison with other Company Leaders and support teams


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, or equivalent is preferred
  • MBA is a plus
  • Knowledge of engineered resins and the associated global supply chain
  • Thorough knowledge of Intermediate/Advanced for Microsoft Office Application and Project Management programs, specifically Access and Excel
  • Knowledge of MRPII systems
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience managing Global Sourcing across one or more key Commodities ( Plastics would be ideal, however experience in Metals or Electrical/Electronics would be considered), leading a team, and developing and implementing cost savings initiatives is preferred
  • Ability to lead, influence and drive change in a cross-functional team environment
  • Strong analytical and technical skills
  • Experience as a liaison with Engineering, Sales, Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance and Operations
  • Capability to generate an energizing vision for change, provide leadership and focus of strategic goals
  • Professional, oral, written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English
  • Willingness to travel as needed

We offer a highly competitive benefits package and a competitive pay based on experience.  For consideration, please submit resume to:

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