Operates within the framework of purchasing best practices, which encompass various aspects such as supplier sourcing, product quality, part availability, product and transportation costs, international sourcing, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements. Ensures that suppliers fulfill the externally sourced requirements set by Manufacturing, Regional Distribution Centers (RDC), and service plants. The top priority of the role is to expedite and address part shortages, while also minimizing unnecessary excess or obsolete inventory. Tracks and evaluates supplier performance, both internally and externally, focusing on lead time and timely deliveries, and implements improvements when necessary. Takes responsibility for managing exceptions, red flags, and overdue supply items, as well as striving for optimal inventory levels.