Global Category Manager, Indirect Procurement (HR, Marketing, Legal, Banking & Financial Services) in Brea, California at Danaher

Date Posted: 8/1/2019

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Job ID: DEN000482

About Us

We know that dental professionals do more than create healthy, beautiful smiles—they create confidence. To achieve their goals, they need a champion. They need someone who will be there for them, side by side and end to end.  At Envista, we are uniquely positioned to be this champion.  Our differentiated combination of continuous improvement, a bias toward action and innovation, and a deep respect for the professionals we serve embolden us to champion dental professionals like no one else can. Our comprehensive product portfolio covers an estimated 90% of dentists’ clinical needs for diagnosing, treating and preventing dental conditions as well as improving the aesthetics of the human smile. 

We believe true champions lift each other up, and we are looking for new champions to join our team.  If you believe, champions do more than win, they stand for something bigger, you can build a meaningful career at Envista. If you believe champions work to be their best, help others be theirs, show up every day to make a difference, and celebrate the differences in others, let’s talk. Are you a champion?  Learn more at Together, we can do amazing things.

Envista Holdings Corporation is preparing to launch in the second half of 2019.  Today, the businesses that will make up Envista are part of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR).  Danaher will create Envista via an initial public offering. Once launched, Envista will be one of the largest global dental products companies, with a differentiated portfolio including dental implants, orthodontics, and digital imaging technologies. 

[This communication is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute, or form a part of, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.] 


Position Summary:
The position is responsible for leveraging spend across the business, creating and executing strategic cost savings projects and driving out cost within the category Human Resources, Marketing, Legal, Banking & Financial Services and other Professional Services. 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:
  • Drive competitive business advantage by implementing innovative strategies for cost reduction, quality, and delivery across non-production expenditures for goods and services.
  • Manage indirect supply base by leveraging preferred suppliers across the organization.
  • 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
Most Important Competencies Required:
  • Teamwork –must be willing and able to work closely with other departments, peers, etc.
  • Ability to influence others – must be able to inform, convince, and persuade others to action on key initiatives.
  • Drives results
  • Effective Communication
  • Utilizes critical thinking
  • Solves problems
  • Creates followership through collaboration
  • Acts with integrity
  • Consistently uses sound judgement

Job Requirements


Education and/or Experience:
  • 4-year (B.A.) degree and 5 years relevant experience in Supply Chain Management or Procurement; and 3 years of experience in Indirect Procurement and/or Human Resources, Marketing, Legal, Banking & Financial Services and other Professional Services categories required.
  • 10 years of relevant experience in Procurement and 5 years of commodity management experience in Indirect Procurement for Human Resources, Marketing, Legal, Banking & Financial Services and other Professional Services categories required.
  • 2+ years of indirect sourcing/indirect procurement experience in a multi-site operating environment; global experience a plus.
  • 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.
  • 2+ years experience in structuring contracts and managing business relationships.
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.

  • Ability to communicate to all levels of the organization
  • Analytical problem solver and data-driven decision-making abilities
  • 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
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
Language 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 is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.