Sourcing Engineer

Leatherman Tool Group Inc.
Portland, OR
30+ days ago

Job Description

When Tim Leatherman built the first American multipurpose tool, there were no CAD files, no blueprints. Just perseverance, imagination, and a little ingenuity. The result is a product that customers around the world have come to trust and use to solve problems big and small. That same spirit flows through our company today. It’s a place where you can help create solutions that improve the lives of our consumers and our communities. Where you can work with amazing folks that care for each other, learn from one another, and laugh—a lot. It’s a place where you can help build a better brand, and a better you.

We believe we are here to empower people for whatever life throws their way. Regardless of who you are, we believe that with the right tools in hand, anyone can achieve greatness. We believe we can make significant contributions to the world through innovation, so we value perseverance in our work and ingenious design in our products. We believe in growing and supporting our most valuable asset—our employees. That’s why we believe in integrity and authentic collaboration, which instills trust in one another and allows us to create global solutions that our competitors cannot copy. We believe in self honesty and humility which fuels change and growth from our failures. When we reflect these values, we believe we’re building a thriving culture that celebrates diversity, promotes personal and professional growth, develops respect for one another, and cultivates a community that can solve any problem.

Leatherman is the world leader in the design and manufacturer of innovative, high quality, compact, multi-purpose tools. We employ over 500 team members in our 90,000 square feet facility. Please visit our website at:

Support the overall business objectives of the Supply Management team as it relates to the global supply chain. Work with Commodity Specialists to drive improvements in the supply chain as well as respond to issues/problems that may arise. Support in the evaluation of new suppliers, new products, modifications to legacy products and correlation matters. Serve as the department’s technical expert for both external and internal conversations. Participate in the development of sourcing strategies and negotiation processes.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with Commodity Specialists (CS) to select, qualify and continually evaluate suppliers with the optimal balance of technical capability, cost, quality, delivery, and risk which meet LTG’s requirements.
  • Support sourcing specialist during contract negotiations.
  • Form a team with the Commodity Specialists to respond to gaps in performance within the supply base.
  • Drive continuous improvement projects related to quality, delivery, and cost throughout the supply chain.
  • Determine and report on supplier’s process capability which includes design guide and major supplier points of differentiation from others in the same industry.
  • Conduct or participate in root cause analyses internally or with the supply base to focus actions and resources to solving problems regarding quality processes and performance.
  • Assist in the development of supplier quality metrics.
  • Determine cause of suppler quality problems and coordinate /implement effective and time resolutions.
  • Function as Technical liaison and lead collaboration between Sourcing, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and Suppliers to resolve supplier quality issues and to provide technical support.
  • Work closely with supply base to build and maintain excellent supplier-customer relations.
  • Request, coordinate, process and approve First Article (FA) submissions from suppliers and report on activities and progress as required.
  • Discover and identify lead time drivers including parts and tooling, chart out design, build, FA and manufacturing lead time.
  • Participate in cross functional teams to implement supply related projects.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with the technical teams at supplier locations.
  • Provide feedback to Product Designers regarding design improvements/modifications based on supplier manufacturability and/or supplier feedback.
  • Possess an understanding of LTG design requirements and internal manufacturing processes.
  • Discover and identify cost drivers which include parts and tooling, chart out labor, subcontract, material, amortization, and consumables.


  • Action Oriented – Take on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Business insight – Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals.
  • Collaborates – Build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Communicates effectively – Develop and deliver a variety of communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Customer focus – Build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions.
  • Decision quality – Make good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Drives results – Consistently achieve results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Ensures accountability – Hold self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Instills trust – Gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Interpersonal savvy – Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people.
  • Manages ambiguity – Operate effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
  • Plans and aligns – Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required. Mechanical, Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering required.
  • Three or more years of experience as an engineer in a high volume, complex, lean manufacturing environment to include capabilities studies, root cause analysis, quality planning, machining equipment inspections and audits, statistical distributions, assembly processes, problem solving and team facilitation and working with suppliers and supplier agents.
  • Experience with precision engineered metal components and a multitude of manufacturing process to include, but not be limited to, machining, metal casting, metal stamping, metal injection molding, cold heading and plastic injection molding.
  • Demonstrated complex problem solving such as DMAIC and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong computer knowledge with demonstrated experience in MS Outlook, Word and Excel. MRP/ERP experience preferred.
  • Experience with 5S, Standard Work, Visual Management, Kanban, Value Stream Mapping, Capacity Planning and Analysis, Cycle Counting, Make vs. Buy, Supplier Total Cost & Risk Assessment, Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning required.
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, communication and teamwork.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong project management experience (tools & techniques) required.
  • Institute of Supply Management CPSM/CSM/CPM certification preferred.
  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer preferred.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions/Physical Hazards:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently stand or walk; sit; use hands to handle, grasp, or keyboard; and reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally climbs; bends, stoops or crouches; lifts (up to 50 lbs.); pushes/pulls; and talks and hears. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. The employee may occasionally use a vehicle. Employee regularly works in an office environment and is frequently exposed to production environment. Work area is well lit and air-conditioned. Travel maybe required 10% of the time, including international.

Our Benefits
Leatherman Tool Group is committed to providing a total rewards package to our employees that is a multipurpose as our products. Our total rewards package includes competitive compensation along with medical, dental, vision, disability life insurance, PTO, and our Employee Assistance Program. The package also includes a generous bonus plan, employee discount on products, eligibility upon hire for 401k contributions with up to 5% match and immediate vesting. Here at Leatherman we also believe in investing in the wellbeing of our team members through offerings like 10 paid holidays, our on-site health center with nutrition classes, a gym, an outdoor basketball court, a pickle ball court and an award winning wellness program. And because your success is our success we offer our employees opportunities for career advancement and personal growth with our tuition reimbursement program, online classes through LinkedIn Learning, and our job shadow program.

Core Values

We thrill our consumers with quality, products and service; We care about each other’s well-being; We share ideas, challenge each other and do the right thing; We respect each other, show humility and grow from our failures; We foster the development of individuals to reach their greatest potential.


We create innovative products that prepare people for the expected and unexpected and result in real tales of triumph.


Our vision is to be the global multipurpose brand of choice.

Pre-employment background check and drug screening is required. Leatherman Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.


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