Purchasing Manager

Location : 3200 Fruit Ridge Ave, Walker, MI 49544


Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.   


What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.


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Position Summary:

The Global Supply Chain Manager oversees protocols, strategy and procedures related to the acquisition and readiness of materials and equipment. The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership and communication skills who can inspire a team. This role is tasked with meeting monthly and quarterly quotas and will oversee all manufacturing locations. The Global Supply Chain Manager is responsible for increasing the speed and efficiency of supply operations so that revenue goals are met while continuing to provide outstanding, reliable service to customers. This role must have a firm understanding of operations and meet key deliverables related to Company inventory requirements.


  • 5+ Minimum Years of Experience with Procurement, Commercial or Business Administration
  • 3-5 years’ product launch experience actively working with the supplier and manufacturing team as the equipment is built, tested, and installed.
  • 3-5 Minimum Years of Experience within the automotive industry
  • Must be able and willing to travel and work at customer sites, including industrial manufacturing.
  • Previous experience in material planning/purchasing.
  • Expertise in MRP/ERP systems.
  • Previous management experience.
  • Up to 10%-15% travel required.



Benefits We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.