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Strategic Sourcing Manager - Epiphone

Job Location: Nashville, TN


Gibson Brands, Inc., the world’s premier musical instrument manufacturer and the home of such preeminent brands as Gibson, Epiphone, Baldwin and Wurlitzer, is looking for a Strategic Sourcing Manager - Epiphone to join the Procurement and Supply Chain team.  This position will be based out of Gibson’s World Headquarters, located in beautiful Nashville, TN – the heart of Music City.  


The Strategic Sourcing Manager - Epiphone reports to the Vice President Procurement and Supply Chain and will team with Division, Finance and Legal management to carry out strategic objectives.  The Strategic Sourcing Manager is responsible to develop and implement strategic initiatives and sourcing strategies to reduce spend, improve value, insure legal compliance and maintain sources of supply.  The Strategic Sourcing Manager supports the Divisions and Finance for cost estimation and supplier development for existing and new projects. 


Supply Chain Strategy

  • Ensure alignment between the business strategy and the sourcing strategy.
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies and communication plan.
  • Insures that contracts are consistent with company objectives.
  • Researches, locates sources, and negotiates best domestic and global value for products and services.
  • Negotiates with suppliers to secure appropriate cost, schedule, quality, payment and delivery terms.
  • Develop and execute action on plans to eliminate or minimize risk from the supply base.

Analytical Reporting

  • Set objectives to be achieved through the sourcing strategy and monitor achievement.
  • Prepare reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information through multiple sources.
  • Prepare data for make versus buy decisions.

Supplier Management

  • Insures the effective selection, qualification, management, and performance of suppliers.
  • Works with AP staff to leverage company’s cash position in payment of supplier invoices.

Special Activities and Teams:

  • Participates in and manages cross functional activities and teams as a conduit for continuous improvement within all Divisions.  Must be able to lead, influence and drive change.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of company products, manufacturing operations, and market trends.
  • Participates in New Product Introduction meetings from the earliest stages.


  • Personal Leadership
  • Internal & External Customer Service
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Results Oriented
  • Analytical Skills


  • Master’s degree in business or supply chain management or a technical discipline preferred, bachelor’s degree required.
  • Certification in 6 Sigma preferred
  • Certification by ISM preferred
  • Must have eight years’ experience managing sourcing of a broad range of materials, supplies, and services in a manufacturing environment. Experience in wood or transportation strongly preferred.
  • Experience sourcing from international suppliers preferred.
  • Knowledge of automated supply chain management systems.
  • Excellent negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.

*Gibson offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), vacation and paid time off. 

To be considered for this position, please send resume and salary history to and put “Strategic Sourcing Manager - Epiphone” in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.