The Strategic Sourcing Specialist is responsible for supporting the development and execution of best practice strategic sourcing for Swisslog HCS North America. This position specializes in implementing sources of supply, strategic supplier support and drives cost saving initiatives. In addition, this position will manage long-term contracts to ensure that commercial obligations are met with the best service and quality. This role works directly with internal customers to guide and influence business decisions.
Responsible for managing strategic supplier source identification, Request for Quotation (RFQ) and Request for Purchase (RFP) preparation process, supplier performance evaluation, and negotiations
Evaluate and recommend strategic suppliers to insure performance that meets corporate expectations for quality, service, cost and delivery and support engineering R&D
Implement sourcing methodology including: supplier performance management, negotiation practices, risk management, TCO, and level of services.
Propose strategic contracts
Manage strategic agreements to maximize the terms and conditions negotiated in these agreements and monitor contract validity period
Develop technical understanding of strategic products purchased; perform cost analysis and develops supply sources
Continually benchmark strategic commodities marketplace to assess/understand new solutions to be developed and remain up to date on the relevant industry trends, capabilities of new entrants, category cost drivers and pricing trends – i.e. continually develop sourcing strategies to drive sustained savings and meet compliance targets, and to improve or enhance service delivery, including hedging to minimize market pressures, and other activities.
Minimum 7 years supply chain experience with 2 years strategic sourcing experience in a high-technology manufacturing environment
Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in Engineering, Supply Chain, Business Administration, Economics, or equivalent required
Experience with personal computers, MS Office: Excel/ PowerPoint/ Word / Project are required
Creative and strategic thinker possessing strong problem solving skills, with proven influencing skills
Must be proactive, exhibit continuous improvement mindset, and an ability to affect change. Able to work comfortably with all levels of the organization
Must have very strong written and verbal communication as well as negotiation and analytical skills. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities
A background using Ariba or other E- Sourcing Tools. SAP experience.
Project Management experience a plus
ISM and/or APICS membership
CPSM, CPIM, CSCP or equivalent professional certification
About Swisslog Healthcare
Swisslog designs, develops and delivers best-in-class automation solutions for forward-thinking hospitals, warehouses and distribution centers. We offer integrated systems and services from a single source – from consulting to design, implementation and lifetime customer service. Behind the company’s success are 2 300 employees worldwide, supporting customers in more than 50 countries.
The Healthcare Solutions portfolio comprises automated material handling and drug management systems for hospital facilities that increase efficiency and enhance the patient experience in forward-thinking hospitals. Swisslog automated material handling solutions provide quick, flexible and safe transportation of medications, specimens and basic supplies throughout hospitals and across medical center campuses, while its medication management solutions address packaging, labeling, storage and dispensing for inpatient and outpatient pharmacies.