Senior Buyer, OEM and Contract Manufacturing
Intuitive Surgical - Sunnyvale, CA

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Job : Manufacturing & Operations
Primary Location : United States-California-Santa Clara County-Sunnyvale

Schedule : Full-time

Senior Buyer, OEM and Contract Manufacturing - 130642

Description
Function:
  • Manages procurement of high value, risk materials to support business requirements: includes purchase order management, sourcing, contract negotiations, spend analysis and supplier performance management.
  • Leverages enterprise tools and systems to drive continuous improvement techniques, mentoring of staff and enhance the performance of the purchasing function
  • Assist in driving key procurement initiatives to support the ongoing transformation and continuous improvement of systems and processes in the procurement organization along with other projects as directed by management.
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Administers and manages high value blanket or long term purchase order commitments to designated suppliers as necessary to support production and/or sales requirements within the business.
  • Drives material demand forecast communication and capacity planning for assigned commodity groups and/or supplier relationships.
  • Supports alignment of production supplier requirements and sourcing strategies with those of product development (NPI) for designated suppliers/commodities to ensure uninterrupted material availability, alignment of risk and cost goals with vision for the business.
  • Owns performance management and improvement efforts for designated suppliers.
  • Utilizes lean sourcing principles (kanban, consignment and other similar material pull methods) to achieve 100% material availability and optimize OH stock.
  • Embraces continuous improvement techniques to drive toward attainment of key purchasing metrics (supplier OTD, quality, risk management and cost reduction opportunities).
  • Leverages problem solving skills and develops counters measure to implement long term solutions to identified problems.
  • Coordinates engineering change order activity with suppliers and other functional groups.
  • Leverages documented supplier selection techniques to identify a core supply base able to offer lowest total cost of ownership and high quality product.
  • Supports and provides mentorship to buyers on standard work, in order to maintain consistency in quality and quantity of work output
  • Engages with management team in development of internal resource and capacity planning
  • Cost and contracting
    • Supports construction of annual cost reduction plan to achieve corporate initiative plan for designed suppliers/parts
    • Leads creation, negotiation and management of complex commercial (OEM and contract manufacturer level) agreements – covering cost, quality and delivery terms
    • Supports standard cost setting activities
Qualifications
Skill/Job Requirements:
  • BS degree or equivalent and 5+ years of experience managing a purchasing team in high and low volume-manufacturing environments.
  • Significant computer experience including MS Office products and ERP systems, preferably SAP and Agile. Strong Excel and Database skills.
  • Proven track record of effective project management in a fast paced, high volume manufacturing company.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience working with Kanban systems and other lean principles.
  • 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.
  • Ability to provide positive direction by encouraging peers to have a commitment to high standards of quality and performance.
  • 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
  • ~20% travel to both domestic and international suppliers

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