Indirect Procurement Category Manager in Brea, California at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics

Date Posted: 2/19/2018

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Job ID: BEC008994

About Us

Beckman Coulter develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing. Our diagnostic systems, found in hospitals and other critical care settings around the world, produce information used by physicians to diagnose disease, make treatment decisions and monitor patients. Scientists use our life science research instruments to study complex biological problems including causes of disease and potential new therapies or drugs. More than 275,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in both diagnostics and life sciences laboratories on all seven continents. For 80 years, our products have been making a difference in peoples’ lives by improving the productivity of medical professionals and scientists, supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care.

Beckman Coulter offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to associates' and their families' lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits. We think you'll like what you see.

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Beckman Coulter is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Indirect Category Lead will be a pivotal member of the Global Strategic Procurement group, supporting the team’s tactical and strategic direction. The role requires someone who can apply her/his experience while adapting what they know to new circumstances. The Category Lead must be comfortable with being in high demand environment handling not only ‘core’ responsibilities but supporting other team tasks as they arise.  This individual should be growth-oriented, capable of moving up to the next level and willing to make the investment.  We rely on the Category Lead to be analytical and detail-oriented, yet have a sense of vision and possibilities for what this role—and this team—could be.  A sense of humor, fun and imagination are highly valued attributes.


  • Achieve world-class results in quality, delivery, cost, and working capital

  • Gather and analyze spend and price data, identifying opportunities for negotiations based on company data

  • Stakeholder management through the Strategic Sourcing process

  • Data analysis of spend categories, RFP results and post-negotiation optimization

  • Negotiation and implementation of pricing agreements, managing and improving supplier performance

  • Leading Workshops and Kaizens, training acquisition associates on Beckman Coulter sourcing tools & processes

  • Ensure usage of Danaher’s preferred supplier contracts in order to maximize QDCI results and to comply with respective policies

  • Develop, integrate and manage preferred suppliers primarily within the Marketing/HR/Services functions to meet global requirements

  • Provide coaching, mentoring and support to commodity team members

  • Champion Commodity Team initiatives throughout Beckman Coulter

  • Participate in teams led by corporate commodity leaders, as appropriate

  • Actively participate in preparation and executing corporate-wide bid packages

  • Establish supplier performance data requirements

Job Requirements



  • BS/BA from accredited institution

  • 9+ year’s experience in comparable function

  • Strong analytical ability and competence with Excel and other MS Office tools

  • Demonstrable record of “passion and drive” working within a target-driven environment

  • Familiarity with the Strategic Sourcing methodologies, Procurement systems and procedures


Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life around the world. Our family of world class brands have unparalleled leadership positions in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including health care, environmental and communications.