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

Date Posted: 8/27/2019

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Job ID: BEC015779

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 a 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.  Strong interpersonal skills 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 for goods and services within the Sales/Service/Business Services/Legal 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


  • A Minimum of a BS/BA Degree and a minimum of five (5) years of experience OR  a Master’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience is required.
  • 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.

Diversity & Inclusion
At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate 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.

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.