Commodity Manager
Danaher - Sunnyvale, CA

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OPCO Description

Molecular Devices, LLC provides one of the widest ranges of bioanalytical systems for life science and drug discovery research available from a single supplier. Our systems are built on proprietary technology platforms that deliver high performance, flexibility, and reliability. By joining Molecular Devices, you will work with best-in-class people who share a common purpose - to be our customers' first choice for innovative systems, tools, and support that advance both basic and applied life science discovery.


Responsible for the negotiation, purchase and management of multiple commodities for New Product Introduction Projects. Responsible for meeting Global Sourcing savings and On-Time Delivery targets as well as serving as an escalation path for delivery, quality, and supplier management issues. Ability to manage multiple complex projects and to develop supply base to meet corporate and business unit objectives. Evaluates and selects new suppliers along with Engineering, Quality and Regulatory to select strategic partners worldwide. Understands global trade, the need for constant change and identification of emerging technologies.

Position to be based in the Molecular Devices, Sunnyvale, CA office, supporting the Sunnyvale Operations and R&D teams. Domestic travel 5% to 20%, international travel possible (Europe and/or Asia).

Key responsibilities:
  • Develop and manage Preferred Supplier list for multiple commodity categories and regions.
  • Track, manage and maintain parts order and delivery status for pre-production builds.
  • Negotiate pricing and contractual terms with suppliers for new products.
  • Assist materials team in new Kanban cell set up as part of launch preparation.
  • Ownership of positive relationship between Molecular Devices and suppliers leading to best cost, quality and delivery.
  • Knowledgeable of the Life Science industry; supplier business condition; and global supply market trends.
  • Understanding & ownership of Supplier Selection Processes.
  • Owns the overall new product sourcing metrics.
  • Works closely with Product Development on new projects to deliver new supplier relationships, technologies, or co-development solutions.
  • Supports operations procurement teams to deploy global sourcing strategy and help resolve parts supply or quality issues.

Required skills:
  • Excellent negotiation & decision making skills
  • Experience of lean manufacturing, Toyota Production Systems or continuous improvement methods desirable.
  • Experience of Kanban materials management highly desirable.
  • Commercial skills and contracts composition experience.
  • Strong analytical skills, use of data to drive decisions.
  • 5+ years of Supply Management experience.
  • Detailed technical and commercial knowledge of commodity category in either: Optics, Electrical Circuit Boards, Reagents or Plastics (others considered).
  • International business and multi-cultural experience.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Awareness of lean tools desirable, examples: 5S, Standard Work, KANBAN, Policy Deployment, Value Stream Management, Visual Management.
  • Driven individual with passion for quality and manufacturing great products.
  • Balance of strength to drive results, openness to coaching & ability to enlist help from others.
  • Bachelors degree or above in Supply Chain, Engineering or Science subject.
Danaher Overview

Molecular Devices is part of the Life Sciences & Diagnostics segment of Danaher Corporation. Danaher is a science and technology leader that designs, manufactures, and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial, and commercial customers. Our premier brands are among the most highly recognized in each of the markets we serve. The Danaher Business System provides a foundation to our 59,000 associates around the world, serving customers in more than 125 countries. In 2012, we generated $18.26 billion of revenue. For more information please visit our website:




Molecular Devices

Job Function


Manufacturing / Operations

Primary Location


North America-United States-CA-Sunnyvale






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