Sourcing Specialist

Sourcing, Quality and Engineering


As the number one manufacturer of indoor air quality products, we know that smart, accomplished people are the reason for our success. To create the best, we need to be the best and that’s Aprilaire, a division of Research Products Corporation has been designated by InBusiness magazine as one of Madison's Best Companies to Work For and why we are a Worksite Superstar Award Winner and a Bicycle Friendly Business.


We are a very successful, proactive, growth company!  We are seeking a talented Sourcing Specialist who is motivated to join a winning team. 


In this newly created position, the Sourcing Specialist will be the point of contact for new products and some selective existing products undergoing design changes or for technical support issues and will engage with NPI and other engineering teams to facilitate early supplier involvement during new product introduction. The Sourcing Specialist will proactively seek new technologies as well as qualify and develop suppliers in accordance with the company's global sourcing strategy.


Additional responsibilities include:

  • Act as a technical liaison between suppliers, sourcing managers, and the Aprilaire engineering community.
  • Manage sourcing activity coordination and processes related to new product development.
  • Develop and maintain supplier process development; supplier scorecards and supplier evaluation.
  • Research potential sources of supply for purchased products to ensure prices are globally competitive and sufficient production capacity is available within the supply chain while understanding the market price or “should cost” price for key commodity items.
  • Conduct supplier system and process audits in compliance with Aprilaire supplier performance and monitoring goals & objectives.
  • Keep abreast of new technologies with the potential to enhance existing product offerings or that could provide new avenues for product solutions.
  • Develop and implement strategies to improve supplier productivity/quality, and ensure supply chain continuity.
  • Develop and maintain systems to allow for efficient status reporting capability.
  • Evaluate feasibility and facilitate the implementation of supplier developed content in Aprilaire offerings.
  • Assist senior management levels in formulating and executing the company’s strategic initiatives.
  • Assist with implementation and communication of domestic and global sourcing strategies.


  • Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, procurement or related field. 
  • Five years professional experience in procurement and supply chain.
  • Project management training and/or experience a plus.
  • Broad knowledge of manufacturing processes for injection molding, sheet metal, PCBA assembly, electro-mechanicals and electronic assembly and testing. 
  • Knowledge of engineering change process requirements and controls.
  • Proven track record of meeting and exceeding assigned goals and objectives.
  • Ability to perform in a team environment with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Knowledge and experience implementing and utilizing process control techniques and process capability analysis for critical dimensions or features.
  • Knowledge of root cause analysis, and Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Experience using problem solving, process, and improvement tools.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Work attitude that exhibits commitment; ability to work with a variety of personalities; persuasion skills; decision making; dependability; flexibility and adaptability.
  • Knowledge of ISO and other recognized international quality system standards a plus 


We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package including 401(k) with company match and profit sharing, a platinum health insurance plan, a comprehensive wellness program, dental and vision insurance,  short and long-term disability insurance, a flexible spending account, holiday pay and vacation, career development, a team environment with strong corporate values, an office located in vibrant downtown Madison, and more. 


Apply online with your resume. Online applicants only please.  www.aprilaire.com/jobs



Aprilaire, a Division of Research Product Corporation

1015 East Washington Avenue

P.O. Box 1467

Madison, WI 53701-1467



Applicants have rights under federal and state employment laws:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  En Español

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  En Español

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)  En Español

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  En Español


Aprilaire is an E-Verify company.


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