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Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Primary supply chain liaison with Engineering regarding the sourcing of strategic products, assemblies, components and services.
  • Actively support New Product Development and Manufacturing strategy.
  • Drive purchasing savings initiatives and demonstrate sound and logical sourcing principles to maximize results.
  • Develop and maintain reliable and cost competitive sources of supply.
  • Keep continuously informed of worldwide commodity and supply markets relative to material availability, pricing and technology.
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies that support DEKA’s business model.
  • Lead the effort to identify and select strategic suppliers of materials and services.
  • Develop and maintain successful business relationships with keys suppliers.
  • Manage supplier performance to ensure quality, delivery performance, and total cost of ownership standards are met.
  • Conduct strategic business reviews with key suppliers a minimum of twice per year.
  • Drive decisions regarding vendor and material selection having significant impact on product introduction, timeliness, and profitability.
  • Conduct supplier visits and audits; coordinate activities with supplier quality engineering group.
  • Negotiate supply agreements with strategic suppliers incorporating total cost and Operations strategies (Lean, Kanban, VMI).
  • Perform make vs. buy analysis on appropriate items.
  • Manage and monitor inventory levels consistent with inventory management guidelines set forth by the corporation.
  • Mitigate risks to DEKA’s Supply Chain by understanding developments and changes at suppliers and changes in technology that may cause supply disruption.
  • Assist in the training and development of other department personnel as required.
  • Assist in developing policies and procedures and overall implementation of department goals and objectives.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related duties as requested.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in business, related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • A minimum of six years purchasing experience in a supply chain role.
  • Demonstrated experience managing suppliers, strategic sourcing and negotiating supply agreements are required; must have prior experience in supplier selection and approval.
  • Experience with medical device, injection molding, commodity resin/chemicals, and extrusion is a plus.
  • ISM and/or APICS certification preferred. Excellent skills with MS Office applications (Word/Excel) are required. 
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