Strategic Sourcing Engineer

Dublin CA

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The Strategic Sourcing Engineer (SSE) is a member of the strategic sourcing group. This position is to create visibility and the facilitation of the Supply Chain Business Plan into the New Product Introduction process (NPI), and/or current product sustaining meetings and assist in highlighting and working directly with SCM colleagues to provide support, direction, insight to these programs to ensure deliverables are provided as defined by our Prometh plans and SCM Plans.

In this position, the individual will be responsible for providing support in the Strategic Sourcing organization along with the Purchasing organization to establish New Product transitions. This position will support commercial and technical issues, become familiar with the technology and products of CZMI as defined as integrated medical devices developed by CZMI, which are precision optical instruments, consisting of software driven sub-systems of optical, mechanical, and electrical nature.

We are looking for people who are keen to try something new:

(Responsibilities that are central to the job and MUST be performed either unaided, or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation, ref. ADA.)

• Establish cost targets by early involvement with research and development (R&D), Operations Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance in matching internal requirements with market demand.
• Work closely with strategic sourcing, purchasing, suppliers, finance and engineering on cost reduction projects; ensures communication of technology roadmaps, trends.
• Responsible for effectively recommending Strategic Purchasing total cost position to R&D and apply engineering, manufacturing, and quality expertise to reduce cost, cycle time, and drives innovations.
• Coordinate engineering requirements with non-technical functions.
• Periodically perform early involvement benchmarks in coordination with strategic sourcing.
• Support procurement actions by evaluating complex proposals from suppliers, participating in source selection surveys and source selection, preparing reports on supplier financial capability and adequacy of accounting/estimating systems, and assisting suppliers in developing cost collection and financial accounting systems, in coordination with Strategic Purchasing source board.
• Support the development of a global supplier base.
• In coordination with sourcing analyst, present progress report on material related cost reduction projects.
• Propose, implement, and reinforce standard materials in cooperation with Engineering, source analyst in the documentation and usage of standardized preferred material/supplier list.
• Conduct value analysis for products and processes (e.g. supplier workshops/black box redesign).
• Evaluate the supplier performance from a technical, manufacturing, and quality assurance standpoint in cooperation with the applicable department functions.
• Perform supplier audits with regard to technical, strategic sourcing, manufacturing, and quality assurance capabilities in coordination with the total cost model.
• Additional experiences in project and process management as well as knowledge in operations, supply chain, industrial engineering, and knowledge or use of financial tools such as costed BOMs, and creation of cost models.(Models may need to be developed if not yet existent.)
• Individual should have experience in Lean and quality improvement programs such as six sigma.
• Will conduct strategic sourcing activities as required, (i.e. just to highlight only a few, sourcing, contracting, and negotiation.)

Note: Essential functions may not be limited to the tasks and responsibilities listed within this section. Ordering of essential functions does not necessarily reflect importance of item.

(Non-essential duties or marginal job functions that support essential functions)
In addition, this individual is responsible for capturing the cost elements from engineering and work with the SCM team to meet the cost targets and provide insight to opportunities at the Design Reviews and Product Milestone meetings with appropriate management.

(From whom work is received and given, internal and external customers, supervisors, subordinates, teams, etc.)
Reports to the Director of Supply Chain Management, will work with Strategic Sourcing. Purchasing, Quality Assurance, R&D, Manufacturing Engineering, Marketing, Planning and Finance.

Comprehensive analysis prior to decision-making is crucial. Erroneous decisions will have a serious impact on the overall success of company operations and may jeopardize business activities.

(Physical surroundings)

You are:

(Bona Fide Occupational Requirements, such as education, certification, and/ or skills that are necessary to do the job.)
• BS/BA in Business Administration, or BSIE in Industrial Engineering and/or MBA or MSIE Operations is required .
• Individual may also have knowledge of Design for Manufacturing, (DFM), Design to Cost, (DTC) and Statical Quality Control, (SQC).
• Minimum eight (8) years experience in the manufacturing, medical preferred, with knowledge of supply chain, product development, quality control, component evaluation, technical writing, and commercial documentation.
• Proficient in using analysis/estimating techniques and methods (e.g. improvement curve analysis, weighted guidelines, returns on investment modeling and statistical estimates).
• Strong interpersonal, negotiation, and leadership skills required.
• Ability to establish effective relationships with suppliers and internal customers.
• International experience preferred.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
In a spacious modern setting full of opportunities for further development, ZEISS employees work in a place where expert knowledge and team spirit reign supreme. All of this is supported by a special ownership structure and the long-term goal of the Carl Zeiss Foundation: to bring science and society into the future together.

Join us today. Inspire people tomorrow.

Diversity is a part of ZEISS. We look forward to receiving your application regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, philosophy of life, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity.

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