Intuitive Surgical Careers

Senior Buyer

US-CA-Sunnyvale, California
Manufacturing & Operations

Job Description

Job: Manufacturing & Operations
Primary Location: United States-California-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 190605


Company Description:

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Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.


• Manages procurement of direct materials to support business requirements: includes sourcing, negotiating costs, purchase order management, and inventory management. Evaluates supplier reliability and works with Supplier Development Engineering and Supply Chain Management to develop new supply sources as needed. Determines material requirements from engineering and maintains inventory at planned levels.
• Assists with key procurement initiatives as directed by management.

Roles and Responsibilities:

• Plans all purchased parts within responsibility area and makes decisions to release, firm, cancel, or defer work based upon current inventory, demand, and capacity. Responsible for maintaining appropriate inventory levels to support production plan.
• Reviews, interprets, and communicates material demand forecast and manages capacity planning for assigned commodity groups and/or supplier relationships.
• Drives performance management and improvement efforts for designated suppliers, including coordinating supplier business reviews.
• Utilizes lean sourcing principles (kanban, consignment, and other similar material pull methods) to achieve 100% material availability and optimize on-hand inventory.
• Embraces continuous improvement techniques to drive toward attainment of key purchasing metrics (supplier OTD, quality, risk management, inventory velocity, and cost reduction).
• Leverages problem solving skills to propose solutions to identified supply chain issues.
• Coordinates engineering change order activity with suppliers and other functional groups.
• Leads quoting activity with suppliers to support supply chain optimizations.
• Supports assigned commodity team by participating in identified risk mitigation and cost reduction opportunities and supporting other commodity projects as assigned
• Supports development and management of commercial agreements – covering cost, quality, and delivery terms.


Skill/Job Requirements: 

• BS degree or equivalent and 5+ years of purchasing experience in a regulated industry manufacturing environment (medical device preferred).
• Significant computer experience including MS Office products and ERP systems, preferably SAP and Agile.
• Experience with and a functional understanding of the manufacturing processes utilized by the suppliers of mechanical components (precision machining, sheet metal, plastic injection molding and other plastics processes, etc), contract manufacturing, OEM, cables, PCA, etc.
• APICS or CPM certification preferred.
• ECO implementation experience required.
• Working knowledge of buying, material planning, master scheduling, and forecasting.
• Demonstrates concern for precision and thoroughness.
• Proven ability to consistently achieve stretch goals and objectives.
• Familiarity with contract and cost negotiation techniques.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects successfully.
• Detail oriented with demonstrated ability to proactively follow-up on areas of responsibility in a timely manner.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills a must. Ability to communicate at both high (strategic) and detailed (tactical) levels and the ability to know when one or the other is appropriate. Diplomacy and “grace under fire” a must.
• Ability to perform repetitive computer data entry and place phone calls for 60+% of the work day.
• ~5% travel to both domestic and international suppliers.

We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.