Purchasing Manager in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 9/13/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP004399

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at www.cepheid.com or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


  • The Purchasing Manager will lead Cepheid’s Sunnyvale procurement team and report to the Sr Director of Global Sourcing. In this role, the Purchasing Manager will lead the local purchasing team, working closely with planning, production control and global logistics to coordinate the most efficient and effective deployment of materials worldwide. This role is accountable for supplier performance, including on time delivery, quality, cost, lead time, and capacity. This role will also be responsible for engaging with key stakeholders in the ECO process to plan and implement engineering changes within supply chain.

  • The Purchasing Manager is expected to embrace and lead through Danaher Business System practices (Lean / Six Sigma) and thrive in a cross-functional, matrix environment where continuous improvement is the cultural norm. Must be comfortable leading through influence and be a capable communicator inside the company and with external partners.

    • Manage procurement / buying activity and develop process / systems to improve efficiency
    • Develop, lead and execute purchasing strategies to reduce total cost and to ensure continuity of supply
    • Monitor and forecast internal demand as well as external supplier and market trends to identify and mitigate risks for continuity of supply and capacity growth objectives
    • Ensure strong supplier performance towards objectives (delivery, quality, cost, lead time, and capacity)
    • Lead the procurement activities in the engineering change order process
    • Negotiate complex supplier related agreements to support objectives.
    • Identify, develop, and implement new supply chain related business processes to support the company growth

Job Requirements



Education or Experience (in years): 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 9+ years of experience or Master’s degree with 7+ years of experience, preferably in Life Science, Engineering or Business discipline
  • 9+ years in procurement, strategic sourcing, and/or commodity management role
  • 5+ years in management position
  • 5+ years contract negotiation experience and strong understanding of corporate contracts
  • 5+ years international business experienc

Knowledge and skills: 

  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Strong business acumen
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills


  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time

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.