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Commodity Manager in Charlotte, North Carolina at KaVo Kerr

Date Posted: 3/11/2019

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Job ID: KAV003792

About Us

KaVo Kerr is a cohesive organization comprised of two global leaders, united to provide dental excellence and serve as a single premier partner for the dental community.  KaVo Kerr operates with a common vision inspiring and helping our customers, their patients and our own associates realize their potential.  KaVo Kerr offers solutions for endodontics, restoratives, treatment units, infection prevention, imaging, rotary and instruments.


POSITION SUMMARY:  The Commodity Manager position is responsible for leveraging spend across the business, creating and executing strategic cost savings projects and driving out cost focusing within categories MRO, facilities, outside services, print, packaging and office supplies. The position is responsible for maintaining and managing the company indirect buying process and serves as the indirect order gatekeeper, ensuring associates are complying with preferred suppliers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage indirect supply base by leveraging preferred suppliers across the organization
  • Drive competitive business advantage by implementing innovative strategies for cost reduction, quality, and delivery across non-production expenditures for goods and services.
  • Achieve operating performance targets and improvements including indirect cost savings and funnel/project generation
  • Work cross functionally to assist other departments with the RFx process, supplier selection and negotiation
  • Negotiate supplier agreements and contracts including general terms and conditions, pricing and lead-times
  • Maintain consistent communication with suppliers to ensure RFQ timelines are met and act as a liaison between suppliers and functional teams to answer any questions related to RFQ documents.
  • Stay abreast of procurement activities and commodity-focused initiatives within Dental Corporate Procurement
  • Drive continuous improvement in procurement through standard work and kaizen
  • Assess and improve existing tools to support spend visibility, dashboards, reports, and KPIs that drive action.
  • Adhere to all FDA regulated standards and Quality Policy
  • Review Capital Asset Requests to ensure proper procurement protocol has been followed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements


Most Important Competencies Required:
  • Ability to influence others – must be able to inform, convince, and persuade others to action on key initiatives
  • Teamwork –must be willing and able to work closely with other departments, peers, etc.
  • Drives results
  • Effective Communication
  • Utilizes critical thinking
  • Solves problems
  • Creates followership through collaboration
  • Acts with integrity
  • Consistently uses sound judgement

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Analytical problem solver and data-driven decision-making abilities;
  • Ability to communicate to all levels of the organization
  • Effectively work in cross functional environment eg. engineering, quality, marketing, sales;
  • Ability to negotiate and interact with suppliers;
  • Operates with utmost integrity;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills;
  • Positive and self-motivated
  • Supports daily management and maintains a kaizen/continuous improvement focus

Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in a business focus, preferably supply chain management
  • 3+ years overall business experience with at least 2 years sourcing-related experience
  • Experience in a regulated environment is a plus
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing practices will enhance the candidate’s ability to communicate with internal business associates
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural, cross functional environment
  • Experience in structuring contracts and managing business relationships
  • Personal Trait Profile
  • Self-sufficient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Team orientation (knows when to lead and when to follow)
  • Lives the “continuous improvement” philosophy and can drive change successfully
  • Logical and creative thinker
  • Confident
  • Ability to influence others – credible
  • Ability to articulate the lean philosophy
  • Facilitation skills

English fluency required.  Ability to read, analyze, interpret and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information, influence, persuade, and respond to questions from groups of executives, managers, peers, and suppliers.  Additional language skills are beneficial.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available at:


Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher's Dental Platform is a $3B global business focused on all aspects of dental care.  With the intention to spin-off the Dental Platform to become its own public company in the second half of 2019, “Dental Co” will become one of the largest and most innovative dental companies in the world.  We are changing the face of dentistry with our differentiated portfolio of products designed to serve every dental professional’s need. It is our mission to make our dentist's work simpler and better connected so more patients are cared for in a shorter time. Our dental brands include traditional consumables and equipment (KaVo Kerr) and specialty products (Ormco and Nobel Biocare).


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