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Manager Strategic Sourcing – Optics and Endoscopes (gn)

Company Description

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare’s hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere—we strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture—our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real-world experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and achieve their highest potential. 

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let’s advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Job Description

Primary Function of Position:

  • Manages strategic procurement activities related to optics and endoscope products. Includes category strategy, strategic sourcing, supplier performance management, risk and capacity management, contract and cost management, and operational management.
  • Develops and executes a global strategy for assigned category(s) and associated supply chain programs by leveraging innovative sourcing strategies, maintaining strong relationships with suppliers, collaborating with supply chain stakeholders, and adhering to quality control standards while balancing cost performance goals.
  • Leads team of direct report(s) to manage established sourcing processes and achieve objectives related to assigned category(s).
  • Identifies and drives key procurement initiatives

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Management
    • Train and develop direct report(s) on standard sourcing work in order to maintain consistency of quality/quantity of work output;
    • Conduct team capacity planning and prioritize work to ensure balance of department workload
    • Lead team to achieve target metrics
    • Select, train, and develop skill level of direct report(s). Manage overall team performance, including annual performance reviews and creating development plans as required.
  • Category Strategy Development and Management
    • Drives development of global category strategy for assigned category group to meet company and internal stakeholder needs
    • Leverages strategic sourcing processes to develop and execute category strategies and projects
    • Develops local and regional supply chains as needed to support plant operations with connection to global strategies
    • Develops roadmap to consolidate spend to preferred suppliers
    • Prioritizes category team projects and works to secure cross-functional support needed to complete projects
    • Ensures category team goals and objectives are achieved, including on time project completion
    • Engages with internal stakeholders to develop and influence category strategy that aligns with long term business objectives
    • Contributes to innovation by collaborating with best-in-class suppliers and new product introduction team to understand future development needs, developing menu of suppliers to meet future design needs, influencing and supporting sourcing decisions, and ensuring manufacturing transfer requirements are met
    • Leads utilization of market intelligence data to anticipate changes, safeguard supply, leverage purchasing power, and optimize performance
    • Develops and leads quarterly category or sub-category strategy reviews
  • Supplier Performance Management
    • Establishes and ensures suppliers meet key performance objectives, including owning supplier scorecarding for assigned category(s)
    • Leads strategic supplier business reviews
    • Leverages technology to create and present analytics that increase the company’s ability to effectively monitor and measure supply chain performance
    • Drives continuous improvement with suppliers, including cross-functional collaboration when needed
  • Risk and Capacity Management
    • Leads Intuitive’s Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) program for assigned category(s). Develops mitigation plans and programs for identified category, supplier, and part risks including sole sourced and critical supply base.
    • Drives long-term capacity assessments and forecast analysis to secure needed capacity from assigned category(s) and supply base.
    • May serve as project manager for key supplier capacity or risk mitigation initiatives.
    • Leverages problem solving skills and develops counter-measures to implement long-term solutions to identified problems.
  • Contract and Cost Management
    • Establishes contractual agreements for new partners and revise existing agreements to align with changes to Intuitive’s contract strategy
    • Performs ongoing contract reviews across assigned category(s) to ensure existing contracts align with business needs
    • Negotiates and manages long-term pricing agreements, quality agreements, master supplier agreements, and other contracts as required, leveraging company-wide objectives and driving key negotiation points to a successful resolution
    • Creates and leads delivery of annual cost reduction plan to achieve corporate objectives
    • Collaborates with suppliers, direct report(s), and cross-functional team to develop multi-year pipeline of cost savings ideas to ensure sustainable achievement of cost goals for assigned category(s)
  • Operational Management
    • Supports plant purchasing by leading negotiations with suppliers to adopt and implement lean sourcing principles (e.g. kanban) to enable 100% material availability and optimization of on-hand inventory levels.
    • Embraces continuous improvement techniques to drive toward attainment of key purchasing metrics (supplier on-time delivery, quality, risk management, inventory velocity, and cost reduction).
    • May lead change management/change order implementation for complex projects
    • May create standard processes, train, and/or support purchasing team on standard work, in order to maintain consistency in quality and quantity of output
    • May support internal and external compliance audits
    • Improve system reports, create new reports/tools/automation improvements

Mentors colleagues across the supply chain organization. Identifies process and training improvement opportunities and drives closure of identified gaps.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • BS degree or equivalent and 10+ years of purchasing experience in a regulated industry manufacturing environment (medical device preferred). Master’s degree preferred.
  • Certifications: CPSM, CPIM, and/or PMP preferred.
  • Significant computer experience including MS Office products and ERP systems, preferably SAP and Agile. Strong Excel skills.
  • Proven track record of effective project management in a fast-paced manufacturing company (medical device preferred).
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience working with kanban systems and other lean principles.
  • Working knowledge of buying, material planning, master scheduling, and forecasting.
  • Experience managing [CATEGORY DESCRIPTION] spend/suppliers and/or technical expertise in this category preferred.
  • Proven track record of leveraging strategic sourcing process across a global supply base, developing category strategies, and cross-functional leadership to implement category strategies.
  • Demonstrates concern for precision and thoroughness.
  • Proven ability to consistently achieve stretch goals and objectives.
  • Experience with people management and/or extensive cross-functional team leadership. Proven track record of promoting positive team culture and employee development.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects successfully and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills and experience with proven track record of savings.
  • ~25% travel to both domestic and international suppliers.

Additional Information

Intuitive ist ein Arbeitgeber, der gleiche und gerechte Beschäftigungsmöglichkeiten bietet. Wir bieten allen qualifizierten Bewerbern und Mitarbeitern gleiche Beschäftigungsmöglichkeiten, unabhängig von ethnischer Herkunft, Geschlecht, Schwangerschaft, sexueller Orientierung, Geschlechtsidentität, nationaler Herkunft, Hautfarbe, Alter, Religion, geschütztem Veteranenstatus, Behindertenstatus, genetischen Informationen oder einem anderen Status, der nach den geltenden Gesetzen auf Bundes-, Landes- oder lokaler Ebene geschützt ist, und verbieten jegliche Form von Diskriminierung und Belästigung.

Gemäß den „Fair Chance“-Gesetzen berücksichtigen wir qualifizierte Bewerber, die verhaftet wurden oder Vorstrafen haben, für offene Stellen.

Shift: Day
Travel: 25% of the time

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