Senior Indirect Sourcing Specialist in Buffalo Grove, Illinois at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 7/6/2019

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Job ID: SEL001699

About Us

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps.  Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 9 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit  for more information.

Leica Biosystems 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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  • This position will drive indirect procurement and act as a business partner with cost center owners and functional leaders. It is responsible for all Indirect Spend in North America and will be the single point of contact for sourcing, defining, and maintaining the North American LBS Indirect spend. The position owner will:
  • Develop and implement best-in-class procurement strategies and plans
  • Align local needs with regional and global procurement strategies
  • Build and maintain sustainable project saving funnels and execute indirect spend projects
  • Evaluate and select preferred suppliers
  • Negotiate and implement price agreements
  • Lead workshops and kaizen events
  • Lead multi-site negotiations in collaboration with Finance and Legal
  • Execution of spend analysis
  • Monitor supply markets and trends
  • Achieve cost saving objectives
  • Support the financial planning and budgeting process
  • Develop and implement short and long term strategies designed to reduce costs and improve quality and service and meet corporate goals and objectives.
  • 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.
  • On-time and successful completion of savings projects
  • Continuous improvement in supplier performance
  • Increased use of preferred suppliers across the business.


Job Requirements


  • 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 and preferably German
  • d) Travel (required estimated% of time)
  • Approximately 10-20%, may include occasional international travel

  • Experienced in senior management interactions
  • High levels of integrity, confidence, independence
  • Thorough understanding of global supplier markets
  • Enthusiastic with drive, highly motivated
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Diplomatic; capable of handling complex situations
  • Logical when formulating concepts
  • Well organized, able to prioritize
  • Focus on economic value and return
  • Hands-on mentality, able to get into detail as necessary
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, mentor, team player and builder

  • 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.
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