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Commodity Leader IA& E

Job Description

Job: Manufacturing & Operations
Primary Location: United States-California-Sunnyvale-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 200766


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 supply chain of high value, complex direct materials to support business requirements: may include purchase order management, sourcing, contract negotiations, spend analysis, inventory management, and supplier performance management.
  • Mentors other buyers within the purchasing team and may lead cross-functional commodity team and/or have supervisory responsibilities.
  • Identifies and drives key procurement initiatives.
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Provides leadership within assigned commodity team:
    • Prioritizing commodity team projects.
    • Ensuring commodity team achieves goals.
    • Identifying and completing risk mitigation and cost reduction projects.
    • Managing capacity growth
    • Leveraging knowledge of commodity trends to drive strategies.
  • Contract Management
    • Establish contractual agreements for new partners and revise existing agreements to align with changes to Intuitive’s contract strategy
    • Establish long term volume pricing, risk mitigation, and capacity agreements with key suppliers to support Intuitive’s volume growth
  • Review, administer, and manage long-term purchase order and delivery commitments to designated suppliers as necessary to support production and/or sales requirements within the business.
  • Reviews, interprets, and communicates material demand forecast and manages capacity planning for assigned commodity groups and/or supplier relationships.
  • Leads alignment of production supplier requirements and sourcing strategies with those of new product development (NPI) for designated suppliers/commodities to ensure uninterrupted material availability, alignment of risk, and cost goals with long term vision for the commodity / business.
  • Owns performance management and improvement efforts for designated suppliers, including leading supplier business reviews.
  • Utilizes lean sourcing principles (kanban, consignment, and other similar material pull methods) to support manufacturing plants with achieving 100% material availability and optimizing on-hand inventory.
  • Embraces continuous improvement techniques to drive toward attainment of key purchasing metrics (supplier on-time delivery, quality, risk management, inventory velocity, and cost reduction).
  • Support Intuitive’s Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) program. Leads complex cross-functional projects to mitigate risk, improve quality, and/or reduce cost within assigned supply base, including management of change cut-ins.
  • Leverages problem solving skills and develops counter-measures to implement long-term solutions to identified problems.
  • Mentors colleagues within the supply chain organization. Identifies process and training improvement opportunities and drives closure of identified gaps.
  • Co-lead direct procurement supplier selection process with collaboration from Supplier Engineering. Leverages best practice supplier selection techniques to identify a core supply base able to offer lowest total cost of ownership and high quality product. 
  • Cost and contracting
    • Leads construction of sustainable year over year annual cost reduction plan to achieve corporate initiative plan for designed suppliers/parts and/or commodity team.
    • Leads creation, negotiation, and management of commercial agreements – covering cost, quality, and delivery terms.
    • Establishes database of current and future volume price quotes to support spend analytics and establish pricing controls for plant buyers
    • Monitors actual PO pricing compliance to volume pricing agreement 


Skill/Job Requirements:

  • BS degree or equivalent and a minimum of 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 Machining commodity spend/suppliers or has worked as machinist preferred.
  • Experience with strategic sourcing methodology with a global perspective in regions such as APAC, Mexico, and other low-cost regions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.