SUMMARY : Responsible for setting strategic direction for the procurement of electronic materials and components that are used in the manufacturing of medical devices.
Partner with Smith and Nephew’s US, European and Asian operations to establish a global material strategy. Partner with Smith and Nephew’s business leaders, suppliers and customers to develop innovative sourcing arrangements to reduce costs and risks.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Understand total spend, pricing structure, commercial terms and trends for raw materials, semi-finished goods and purchased finished goods with particular knowledge of market dynamics and supply chain.
Leverage the market knowledge and drivers to improve Smith and Nephew’s ability to source these critical materials and anticipate Smith and Nephew’s position versus industry.
Support any and all projects related to Electronic material in conjunction with Global Category Manager and Global Category Leads.
Meet or exceed all Operations Cost Reduction Targets on electronic materials.Ability to evaluate and approve suppliers, direct supplier strategy and negotiate complex contracts for procurement of strategic materials that are in alignment with the department goals, initiatives, roles and responsibilities.
Lead cross-functional business activities that identify, qualify, negotiate and successfully implement new suppliers or manufacturing processes in order to ensure surety of supply, deflation, and business profitability.
Develop an understanding of Smith and Nephew’s product lines, market strategy, competition, technology, to establish the link between raw material and product pricing.
Understand parts, processes and suppliers and be able to evaluate and support supplier / part strategies and ensure the strategies are implemented into New Product Launches.
Ensure adequate supplier capacity, competitive supply cost, drive supplier lead time reduction and improve overall supplier performance.
Drives supplier lean implementation and establishes metrics to ensure supplier accountability.Provide Leadership to Technology in the new product introductions (NPI) with regards to raw materials utilization, new sources and supplier's selection / qualification in the Low Cost Countries that fit with product strategy.
Understand costs, cost planning and analysis to support cost reductions, cost negotiations, parts strategy and supplier strategy.
Develop plans and priorities for the team to ensure activities are focused on achieving department goals. Drives team performance through effective use of performance management process and development.
Coordinate communication within Smith and Nephew and across the various franchise’s.Strong participation in the budgeting, operating business plans, and monthly business reviews.
Responsible for managing relationships internationally, requiring at least 25% travel.EDUCATION and / or EXPERIENCE : The ideal candidate will be a procurement professional who has had strategic procurement responsibility for a minimum of 3 years with electronic or equivalent materials and market dynamics especially as it pertains to knowledge of the medical device or related products.
This candidate will possess technical skills in the electronics or equivalent industry, including transportation, foreign trade regulations, manufacturing operations and procurement as well as strong knowledge of manufacturing.
Demonstrated successful experience and ability to think strategically about procurement in the context of Smith and Nephew’s overall business strategy.
Ability to communicate effectively using verbal and written communication across various levels in the organization and with suppliers.
Strong ability to continually assess the strategic direction of key raw material and component related industries and adapt the procurement strategy to meet the critical needs of the business by quickly understanding competitive issues, industry trends and other key external factors.
Proven track record for innovative approaches resulting in game-changing opportunities which placed the business in a competitively advantaged position in the market.
BS in Business, Engineering or related field of study.Strong influencing and leadership skills with demonstrated ability to effectively work within a matrix environment.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills at various levels of the organization. Strong analytical skills, including cost analysis, financial skills and contracts