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UPS Commodity Supervisor in Richmond, Virginia

Job Summary

The Commodity Supervisor supports the implementation of strategic sourcing initiatives within assigned commodity. The incumbent coordinates and reviews competitive bid quotations, evaluates pricing for inclusion in cost proposals, and contacts suppliers to negotiate or conduct reverse auctions to ensure the bid process is followed by Procurement Analysis. This position analyzes the Total Cost of Ownership to determine the most desirable and best method of purchase. This role procures products/services at the highest quality and best rate. This position works with cross-functional teams, conducts site visits, pre-bid and contract follow-up meetings, and interviews as necessary to evaluate supplier products, services, and capabilities.

The Commodity Supervisor develops an expertise, with minimal supervision, in an assigned category through the industry, market, underlying cost factors and their effect on product quality and reliability in order to identify cost savings and/or quality improvement opportunities. This position formulates strategic sourcing initiatives for an assigned category, with minimal supervision, in order to identify opportunities and optimize internal supply chain and market. This role supervises others within the department.


  • Works to understand the supplier relationship, develop supplier performance measures and incentives, and create a plan for achieving identified savings

  • Resolves procurement requests, issues, and inquiries (e.g., corrects proposals, obtains resources, quotations, competitive bids, etc.) to support customer’s needs

  • Assesses and validates customer needs and expectations (e.g., conducts research, evaluates resources, makes sourcing recommendations, etc.) to ensure the right products/services are delivered on time, and at the right price

  • Drafts contracts based on UPS standards, vendor proposals, and UPS requirements to secure deals with vendors

  • Modifies standard contracts based on commercial and technical needs and vendor proposal to develop contractual requirements for final acceptance

  • Works with outside counsel to write and negotiate project specific contracts for highly visible, high dollar value contracts

  • Develops position papers to highlight commercial and contractual issues and concerns, and determines project and contractual goals

  • Prepares contract summaries, risk analysis documents, and recommendations for management to execute binding agreements to justify the commercial viability of recommendations

  • Interfaces with vendors to ensure ethical and fair business practices

  • Develops Requests for Information (RFI), Requests for Proposal (RFP), evaluation matrices, and vendor correspondence to meet business needs


  • Demonstrates a general understanding of ways to identify and measure the current needs of the customer or business; uses the business need to help define the project’s requirements

  • Identifies basic measurement requirements and possible indicators for individual, group, department, and business unit results; demonstrates a general ability to use multiple measurement methods for measuring performance; sets meaningful goals and objectives

  • Recognizes importance of understanding global/cultural diversity and is interested in learning about cultural differences that impact business

  • Understands negotiation techniques and identifies stakeholders/participants that should be involved in negotiations

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or internationally comparable degree) in Procurement, Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance

  • Possesses experience with Project Management

  • Experience in Oracle

  • Experience in Coupa

UPS is an equal opportunity employer. UPS does not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law


Category: Finance and Accounting

Requisition Number: 319956

Location: Richmond,Virginia