Indirect Sourcing Manager in Buffalo Grove, Illinois at Leica Microsystems

Date Posted: 5/14/2018

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Job ID: LEI003829

About Us

Leica Microsystems is a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments. Founded as a family business in the nineteenth century, the company’s history was marked by unparalleled innovation on its way to becoming a global enterprise.  Its historically close cooperation with the scientific community is the key to Leica Microsystems’ tradition of innovation, which draws on users’ ideas and creates solutions tailored to their requirements. At the global level, Leica Microsystems is organized in three divisions, all of which are among the leaders in their respective fields: the Life Science Division, Industry Division, and Medical Division. Leica Microsystems has seven major plants and product development sites around the world. The company is represented in over 100 countries, has sales and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of distribution partners. Its headquarters are located in Wetzlar, Germany.

Leica Microsystems, Inc 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. 

Leica Microsystems, Inc. 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.

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Develop and implement short and long term strategies designed to reduce costs and improve quality and service and meet corporate goals and objectives.

• Define and implement global 3rd Party Spend Strategy

• Develop, implement, communicate and monitor compliance to corporate procurement policies.

• Develop and deploy center-led sourcing processes for spend management, savings tracking, project tracking, performance reporting and category playbooks.

• Act as business representative on Danaher corporate-wide commodity teams. Actively participate in commodity team decision-making, negotiations, and implementations. Lead change management efforts to drive adoption of standard tools, templates, legal documents and supplier selection criteria across the organization.

• Achieve cost savings objectives through creative procurement strategies, vendor selection and review, and favorable contract agreements.

• Focus on key and strategic suppliers to improve supplier performance, reduce cost and receive consistent quality products and/ or services.

• Work with legal team to lead and oversee complex contract negotiations.

• Manage a sustainable and measurable purchasing card program.

• Lead the financial planning and budgeting process and monitor adherence to the budget.

• Responsible for the management of the indirect procurement team including the development of roles and responsibilities. Plan, direct and manage procurement activities.

• Create and execute select sourcing strategies for various parts of the organizations (e.g. Consulting, Legal, HR, Travel & Entertainment, MRO, Equipment, Facility & Professional Services, Contract Labor & Training Services, Operational Services, Informational Technology Tools & Equipment, etc.)

• Develop supply agreements with suppliers to meet the short, mid, and long- term needs of the business. Agreements must deliver the lowest total cost for materials and services while allowing flexibility to adapt to the changing organizational requirements

• Lead multi-site negotiations for business terms and develop contracts for the supply of both standard and complex products and services with new and existing suppliers. Collaborate with Finance & Legal in regards to contractual terms

• Monitor supply markets and trends (e.g., material price increases, shortages, changes in suppliers) and interpret the impact of these trends on company strategies ensuring category management techniques are executed to gain the maximum value for prices paid

• Identify the critical materials and services required to support company strategies in key performance areas

• Ensure internal customer adhere to the delegation of authority and procurement processes

• Support spend requestors with effective, efficient, and compliant procurement transactional tools & processes


Will include but not limited to:

• Year-over-year improvement in indirect costs of the business as measured by indirect spend as a percent of sales.

• Successful and on-time completion of savings projects

• Continuous improvement in supplier performance

• Increased use of preferred (P&Q) suppliers across the business.

Job Requirements


a) Professional Experience

• Undergraduate degree in relevant areas such as supply chain, business management, operations, or finance

• MBA or other relevant degree/certification (e.g., CSCMP SCPro or ISM CPSM) highly desirable

• Must possess 5 years of relevant experience (e.g., sourcing, buying, or procurement)

• Strong negotiations, analytical, problem solving, organization, and project management skills

• Strong leadership capabilities

• Ability to collect, analyze, and integrate information by leveraging appropriate productivity tools

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills

• Excellent skills in Power Point, Word, Excel required

• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and strong prioritization skills to manage multiple projects and sites simultaneously

• Experience in contract development, execution and management

b)  Education

• Undergraduate degree in relevant areas such as supply chain, business management, operations, or finance

• MBA or other relevant degree /certification (e.g., CSCMP SCPro or ISM CPSM) highly desirable

c)  Language

• English fluent written and spoken, preferably German

d) Travel

• Approximately 20-40%, may include occasional international travel


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 62,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,300% over 20 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.