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Regional Category Manager

Company: Agilent Technologies
Location: Wilmington
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Job Description:

Agilent inspires and supports discoveries that advance the quality of life. We provide life science, diagnostic and applied market laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise. Agilent enables customers to gain the answers and insights they seek -- so they can do what they do best: improve the world around us. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

Working in a global organization, this position supports strategic procurement activities primarily in the US regions working with cross-functional teams in a diverse and dynamic environment. This person is expected to lead strategic supplier relationship management and handle operational escalations working with various site procurement teams. He or she will support both high IP categories in Flow, Optics, Specialized Supply Chain components and Mechanical categories, i.e. machining, casting. sheet-metal and hardware. He or she will work closely with R&D, Product Sourcing Leads to support NPI projects and influence supplier selections during development phase. This person should be analytically data and fact-driven, able to challenge status-quo when necessary in contributing towards category strategies formulation and executing strategies with grit and persistence towards building a resilient, flexible and sustainable best-in-class supply chain for Agilent.

Lead the purchasing strategy for commodities:

* Define the strategy per category and/or subcategories
* Align purchasing strategies with the needs of the local site worldwide
* Define action plan to support strategy execution, including supply base optimization & regionalization
* Support commodity strategies presentations and regular update/review on deployment

Define and guarantee commodities performance:

* Deliver cost savings, delivery and quality performance of supplier
* Build, follow-up and monitor the global as well as local procurement action plans
* Participate in the elaboration of the global and local procurement budgets plan of record
* Optimize working capital needs, decrease the level of inventories, decrease the administrative cost (number of PO and invoices)

Manage supplier base:

* Consult, negotiate, select and contract the supplier on every needs of the commodity, building a resilient yet flexible supply base
* Negotiate Confidential Disclosure Agreement and Supply framework Purchase agreements, including but not limited to: development and delivery lead-time, frozen/flexible/forecast delivery schedule, MOQ/MDQ quantity, VMI/VOI, Supplier payment terms, Performance agreements
* Manage supplier QCD Performance. Optimize supplier performance including continuous improvement.

Risk Analysis:

* Conduct appropriate risk analysis; identify options and work to minimize risk from impacting business
* Supplier Financial Commitment Reporting, overall accountability for reporting and representing data from suppliers
* Address supply chain risk by enhancing coverage of addressable spend under long term contract, justify buffer inventory planning

* Bachelors or Masters Degree within business or engineering preferred
* 8+ years Procurement experience - preferably with experience in sourcing direct material

* Knowledge of leading-edge procurement practices, commodity strategies, terms and negotiation concepts and business law
* Financial and analytical skills/tools to determine total cost, evaluate suppliers (statistics, cost accounting, computer spreadsheets, flowcharting, etc.)
* Strong interpersonal skills to represent Agilent Strategic Procurement to suppliers and relate to peers/ managers/ internal partners
* Demonstrated leadership and ability to effectively manage projects
* Working knowledge of SAP or similar ERP system

Agilent Technologies, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We value diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, pregnancy, race, religion or religious creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance, or regulation and will not be discriminated against on these bases.

Agilent Technologies, Inc., is committed to diversity in the workplace and strives to support candidates with disabilities. If you have a disability and need assistance with any part of the application or interview process or have questions about workplace accessibility, please contact +1-262-754-5030 email job_posting@agilent.com. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

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