20 days old

Category Manager

Minneapolis, MN 55415
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To serve as a Strategic Sourcing Manager within the Machined Implantables, Capital, and Disposables (MICD) Operating Network at Medtronic. The position's primary focus will be responsible for developing and executing tactical and strategic commodity plans. This individual will lead category strategy, cost reduction initiatives, on-time delivery, quality, supplier performance, supplier consolidation/rationalization, and improve on vendor relationships. The position allows for vast and varied exposure across multiple disciplines and business units.

This role is to lead the Categories of Chemicals and Metal Tubes, that includes but not limited to Stainless Steel, Titanium, Nitinol tube along with tube-based components requiring laser cutting, grinding, forming and over-molding as well as specialty chemicals used in manufacturing. Suppliers are specialized and product used in a highly regulated environment. This position requires strong negotiation skills, technical aptitude, and strong relationship building skills. Many managed components in the commodity category are highly specialized, engineered and regulated. A successful Manager in this position will understand the category industry and environment, will identify and develop strategies that can leverage supplier's capabilities and Medtronic's purchasing power at a global scale.

A Day in the Life
Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • Advocate on behalf of supply management function with business units and operational partners to ensure support for core business objectives

  • Negotiate contracts that provide year-over-year benefits in performance

  • Identify and develop business cases for a healthy year-over-year of cost reduction pipeline with suppliers through lean, should costing, process improvement, tier 2 strategies, and yield improvements

  • Perform market analysis in identifying best cost country sourcing of said category, provide guidance to technical sourcing and engineering with supplier innovations, and proactively develop forward buy agreements where appropriate

  • Define and manage winning category strategies and approaches with suppliers.

  • Manage vendor relationships and drive year-over-year performance improvements with quality, delivery, costs

  • Lead regular business reviews with suppliers

  • Analyze received quotations, select or recommend new suppliers

  • Rationalize existing supplier base through stratification, market analysis, supplier development, and supplier consolidation

  • Lead new and on-going supplier audit activities to ensure the supply base has robust process controls and capabilities to meet existing and future Medtronic business requirements

  • Conduct supply chain risk reviews

  • Act independently to prescribe methods and new approaches on new and special assignments

  • Support goals and objectives as established by management

    Must Have: Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelors degree required
    • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience

    Nice to Have

  • Experience using lean methodology processes in a manufacturing environment is a plus

  • Experience in a low volume and high mix demand for products environment

  • Negotiation, analytical and problem solving skills

  • Good organization, project management and follow-through skills

  • Ability to prioritize, multitask and act in a proactive manner

  • Microsoft, Excel, Analytics, and SAP experience preferred

  • Frequent travel to vendor locations is required- domestic and international

    About Medtronic

    Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

    We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let's work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients' lives. Help us shape the future.

    Physical Job Requirements

    The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

    Additional Information

    • Posting Date: Feb 8, 2021
    • Travel: Yes, < 25 % of the Time

  • Posted: 2021-02-09 Expires: 2021-03-10
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