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Strategic Buyer - Indirect in Grand Rapids, Michigan at X-Rite, Incorporated

Date Posted: 4/8/2019

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Job ID: X-R001069

About Us

X-Rite is the global leader in color measurement and color management, offering hardware, software and services for measuring, formulating and matching color. The company serves a range of industries, including automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, and medical. X-Rite serves customers worldwide from its offices in Europe, Asia and the Americas.


X-Rite/Pantone, a Danaher company, recognized nationally as one of the “Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” is seeking a Strategic Buyer - Indirect to join our team in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

This role will develop and execute indirect procurement strategies by investigating, analyzing and acting on savings opportunities for the organization. You’ll work as a trusted partner to internal stakeholders in the organization to provide insight and critical thinking for both short and longer term indirect spend initiatives. 

Our Strategic Buyer - Indirect will drive cross-functional engagement and adherence to our indirect purchasing guidelines. You'll have the opportunity to lead recurring stakeholder meetings with robust visual management within core departments to drive visibility, accountability and real-time problem solving.

We’re looking for a proactive problem solver who has a passion for discovering cost savings and is relentless in their pursuit to make an impact on the organization. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Manage domestic and global indirect purchasing activities in support of non-production material requirements.

2. Identify cost savings and process improvement projects for global locations and teams. 

3. Drive in- year cost savings objectives, create a funnel of future year cost savings opportunities.

4. Create strategies to maximize our impact on behavior, processes and tools as it relates to indirect procurement and spend management

5. Act as our liaison to the Danaher Corporate Indirect Procurement team for best-practice sharing, bench marking and strategy development.

6. Support and lead cost savings kaizens and other continuous improvement activities.

7. Lead the reporting and management of global cost savings metrics and communicate to our leadership team.
8. Work closely on external relationships with preferred suppliers in order to drive safety, quality, delivery, inventory and cost.
9. Champion, lead and direct high level indirect purchase projects and initiatives. 


Job Requirements


1. Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain or related discipline preferred (or equivalent work experience)

2. Five or more years’ experience in procurement, indirect purchasing preferred.

3. Strong skills in organization, attention to detail, negotiation, project execution, presentation, and data analysis.

4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

5. Strong PC skills, particularly Excel.

X-Rite/Pantone 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. 

Here's what X-Rite Pantone will offer you:

Benefits galore. Comprehensive benefits package, wellness program, paid parental leave, 401(k) options, profit sharing program, casual dress code, on-site yoga classes and more!
• Work/Life balance. A rich Vacation/PTO package and 13 PAID holidays
• A great culture. One where the best team wins. You’ll love working with our team in a fast-paced, collaborative and continuous improvement environment. 
Opportunities for growth. At X-Rite, we value employee growth. As an associate of X-Rite/Pantone there are many opportunities to grow professionally and personally through training, mentoring/coaching and additional job responsibilities. As part of Danaher, you can grow your career across five high-impact industries, six continents and more than 20 global operating companies – we are committed to hiring from within, wherever possible, and supporting your mobility. 
• The chance to give back to our community.
• Work for an organization that is dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. Join us on our D&I journey.

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.


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