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Polaris Industries Sourcing Lead – GBU Operations Liaison in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.


As a Sourcing Lead – GBU Operations Liaison, you will be responsible for supporting operations with SIOP planning, supplier capacity analysis, and production disruption management. This role will interface with GBU Operations and SIOP to assist in production scheduling and changes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead sourcing analysis, reporting, and recommendations for SIOP process.

  • Provide Quarterly SIOP assessments and profiles for planning.

  • Provides GBU priorities, SIOP, and scenario planning.

  • Communicate emerging issues and disruptions to GBU

  • Report weekly on disruption status to GBU Leadership.

  • Monitors and reports impact to production plan.

  • Evaluate and provide direction on supplier’s ability to recover to MRP.

  • Provide analysis and recommendations for schedule adjustments.

  • Monitor supplier performance to ensure suppliers are meeting Polaris requirements for delivery.

  • Develop and utilize tools that provide visibility into supply chain capacities.

  • Collect and monitor supplier’s capacity.

Other Duties as Assigned

Supplier Relations:

  • Manage assigned and establish new supplier relationships to ensure sufficient communication and alignment between the suppliers and Polaris. Participate in the execution of critical supply agreements and LTAs.

  • Initiate request for proposal and quote for new parts and part revisions to approved suppliers based on defined commodity strategy and propose supplier selections for assigned commodity.

  • Evaluate supplier capability and fit for overall Commodity.

  • Identify and execute the implementation of cost reduction projects, supplier exits, and tool transitions.

  • Manage cost, schedule, technical, and drawing release status of projects and lead corrective actions as required.

Commodity Strategy:

  • Execute on the multi-year vision for the commodity, taking into account input from the internal customers, purchasing goals, risk, future growth plans, and broader supply chain strategy.

Sourcing Priority Management:

  • Based on the commodity strategy and goals, establish individual supplier cost reduction approaches and quantifiable targets. Then work with suppliers to achieve those targets.

  • Utilize tools like: fact based negotiation, should cost modeling, and competitive market analysis to initiate cost reduction projects.

  • Establish contractual commitments to ensure longer-term cost savings to meet departmental goals.

  • Support supplier quality function in determining root cause, necessary containment and counter measure activities for quality related issues.

  • Monitor and drive supplier performance for assigned categories to ensure suppliers are meeting Polaris requirements for quality and delivery.

  • Manage supplier capabilities, lead-times, and capacity to ensure on-time delivery of components to support production schedules.

  • Helps support part shortages and delivery when necessary.

  • Conducts make vs. buy analysis. Prepares and solicits requests for quotes and proposals.

  • Lead coordination of resources and schedules between multiple departments to assist in the development, launch, production, and continuation support of production vehicles from multiple facilities.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration or technical area

  • APICS CPIM and/or ISM C.P.M./A.P.P. desired.

  • 4+ years of purchasing or relevant experience (sales, engineering, supply chain etc.)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required:

  • Effective negotiation, decision making and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication within team and cross-functionally.

  • Highly organized and effective in managing multiple priorities and deadlines.

  • Ability to professionally represent Polaris by developing productive working relationships with suppliers.

  • Fundamental knowledge of MAPICS MRP and web-based business systems desired.

  • Experienced in presentation abilities, including PowerPoint development. Expected to present to operations leadership

  • Knowledge of Project Management tools and ability to assist in tasks assigned by Project Managers.

Working Conditions:

  • Fast-paced office environment.

  • 5-25% travel may be required


Global, purchasing, commodity, strategy, category, buyer, procurement, sourcing, operations

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2020 sales of $7.0 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

At Polaris, the need for diverse perspectives and experiences enables our vision of Best People, Best Team. We value our differences and align our passions to do great work. As a highly efficient growth company, we are driven to be agile and adaptable to support our customers. At Polaris we unite to create memorable adventures. Learn more at