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Staff NPD Sourcing Specialist in Chaska, Minnesota at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics

Date Posted: 4/16/2019

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Job ID: BEC014693

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 Staff NPD Sourcing Specialist will use professional and skilled procurement practices to strategically source new product commodities globally assuring long term supply for Beckman Coulter at world class levels of quality, delivery and total cost.  Specifically, contribute to new product development initiatives, assist integration of acquisition's procurement processes, and provide leadership and direction on improvement projects.
The Staff NPD Sourcing Specialist is a core member of the New Product Development team who is the key role in reporting Total Cost of Goods per product, evaluating competitiveness of quotes between suppliers and creating estimates on costs. This person has an internal drive to achieve lowest cost of our products and align our Sourcing Plans with our Corporate Global Commodity Strategies. 
The position will be a dedicated liaison between R&D Engineering and suppliers, be a technical expert on supplier capability, be a strong advocate of DFX and VAVE during development, and build supplier relationships to optimize speed to market and cost.  Position will be responsible for: NPD procurement project execution, new product supplier selection, supplier workshop facilitation, strategic partnerships with suppliers, long-term contracts, and material cost and delivery management.  Ultimately, this position will drive to Production Procurement readiness, and successful transition of new parts to Operations group.
Key Responsibilities include:
  • Representing Global Sourcing and serving on core team (or Supply Chain sub-team) for NPD programs in the NAO business units
  • Driving early and often engagement of key suppliers in NPD programs to accelerate project timelines, in alignment with Corporate Global Sourcing and Danaher strategies
  • Create Sourcing Plans for all phases of projects from Concept to Product Transfer to Manufacturing, detailing supply plan, target and actual costs, and ordering strategies
  • Challenging and negotiating cost and pricing with suppliers is a key expectation after detailed analysis of quotes obtained and estimates created
  • Managing NPD projects by working with cross-functional teams to achieve and drive project execution to meet NPD procurement performance targets
  • Research/benchmark new suppliers/technologies and become SMEs in their technical capabilities.  Be a technical solution provider to NPD teams.  Collaborate with other OpCos to leverage solutions.
  • Align project or RFQ with correct supplier via capability matrix
  • Partner with Global Sourcing and Danaher Corporate Procurement in developing supplier partnerships and commodity strategies, leveraging relationships and total business spend
  • Drive strategies for fast-turn part acquisition, i.e., additive manufacturing technologies
  • Assisting on the development of the NPD sourcing playbook on how to execute appropriate NPD procurement and early supplier engagement
  • Cross-functional engagement to foster respect, trust, and mutually successful relationships in support of the NPD and IDP toll-gate processes.
  • Utilization of the DBS tools – VPM, SDR, SPPO, VAVE, Kaizens/supplier workshops, BOM Tracker, Procurement Template, to drive continuous improvement
  • Driving Producibility reviews between supplier and R&D engineer to ensure DFM and capability.  Provide DFX input to design engineers.
  • Material readiness for Alpha and Beta builds, and smooth transfer to Operations by ensuring suppliers are production-ready
  • Identifying and prioritizing potential solutions for optimizing total system value (quality/cost/reliability/manufacturability/customer value).
  • Develop, hone, and execute new improved NPD Procurement strategies across global sites.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment to meet NPD Procurement performance targets.
  • Perform NPD procurement cost analysis and set appropriate project benchmark targets.
  • Hold overall responsibility and accountability for maintaining the key metric for the project TCOGS (Total Cost of Goods Sold) and Material Scorecards during Product Development

Job Requirements


  • A Minimum of a Bachelors Degree is required. Mechanical Engineering or related technical field is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience
  • Strong skills in negotiations, communications, leadership, and ability to influence (with suppliers and internally)
  • Experience of project leadership and management, planning, and execution
  • Broad Global Supply Chain and TCO experience
  • Technical knowledge and ability to engage with R&D teams.  Ability to read engineering drawings and specification.
  • Knowledge of design and manufacturing methods: plastic injection molding, die casting, sheet metal, machining, electronics, value-add assemblies, etc.
  • Team-minded with ability to build excellent working relationships with colleagues.  Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across cultures and staff to create a results-driven team-oriented environment.
  • Cross-functional communication skills to foster respect, trust, and mutually successful relationships
  • DBS (Or Equivalent) Training & Process Deployment
  • Demonstrated ability to drive continuous improvement performance in all elements of supplier management (i.e., quality, delivery, cost & inventory management)
  • Self-starter with a demonstrated ability to focus efforts, overcome obstacles and complete key objectives.
  • Innovative “out of the box” thinker that gets things done.  Uses common sense approach.
  • Special Qualifications – Legal Experience, Contract Management
  • Comprehension of cost drivers, ERP systems, payment terms, and supplier performance management
Key Competencies:
TEAMWORK:  The ability to work collaboratively with the supply base and internal cross-functional support team to achieve NPD Procurement performance goals. The primary responsibility of this position will be to optimize the cost structures of our New Product procured materials & services with key suppliers in support of our financial business needs.
SENSE OF URGENCY:  Must have a bias for taking action.  A high level of motivation, discipline mindset & self-starting capability required to achieve aggressive expectations. The key area of opportunity is with our supply base.  Technical, quality, delivery, cost benefits will be derived through potential breakthrough opportunities. New Product Procurement success will be contingent on the passion & drive of the individual leading this critical endeavor.  A high level of integrity and ethics are imperative.
COMMITMENT TO FUTURE VISION:  The commitment to being part of an integrated organization is mandatory.  The needs, priorities & goals of the organization must be the "vision" in support of this critical endeavor. An unyielding commitment to drive results and implement organizational strategies in support of the New Product goal is required for success.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT:  The ability to develop a "best practices" benchmarked process & system management for this endeavor is a key imperative.  Critical to success in the achievement of New Product performance targets that are in "untapped" opportunities in support of the financial business
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.