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Procurement Engineer - Entry Level

Maple Grove

Step out of your comfort zone, excel and redefine the limits of what is possible. That’s just what our employees are doing every single day – in order to set the pace through our innovations and enable outstanding achievements. After all, behind every successful company are many great fascinating people.

A Procurement Engineer is a degreed engineer that performs the sourcing activities of technical goods and services. Their knowledge and expertise as an engineer allows them to read and interpret detailed product drawings, understand the materials technical requirements, manufacturing process to produce products, and can leverage these skills to improve execution, quality, and cost. In addition, they evaluate and select suppliers, negotiate terms and prices, manage key projects, and manage the supply chain.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Determine product requirements by reading and interpreting detailed product drawings, material technical bulletins, CAD files, and product performance attributes.
  • Actively negotiating with suppliers to address quality, delivery, price, or service discrepancies
  • Obtaining quotes and conducting quote analysis
  • Effectively manage supplier selection to meet quality, service, delivery, cost, risk mitigation, and supplier capabilities to meet requirements.
  • Effectively lead continuous improvement projects and ZEISS ACS Supplier performance initiatives with supply base.
  • Monitoring project timelines and issuing purchase orders to meet delivery requirements
  • Monitoring and driving supplier OTD performance by leveraging open p/o report
  • Hosting supplier project meetings and issuing meeting notes with action items, due dates, and ownership
  • Assuring purchased product costs and Outline Agreements are accurately established and maintained in SAP
  • Provide recommendations of alternative materials or new processes, which may bring technological advancement to product designs for the enhancement of ZEISS’s competitive position.
  • Collaborating and developing strong relationships with other procurement, manufacturing, quality, and project management staff members in developing and implementing procurement policies, procedures, strategies, materials management systems, and supporting programs
  • Engaging corporate quality, business unit(s), and suppliers in the First Article Inspection process (FAI) to support product changes
  • Effectively communicating and engaging with wide range of ZEISS leadership levels

Experience and Education Requirements

  • Mechanical or Electrical engineering degree.
  • Analytical abilities to assess the performance of suppliers against criteria such as quality, cost, reliability, ability to innovate and financial stability.
  • Financial skills to assess the total cost of procurement.
  • Interpersonal and negotiating skills necessary to build effective working relationships with supply partners.
  • Strong project management and procurement methods
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with a wide range of technical, sales, manufacturing, management personnel and business process owners
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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ZEISS is an EEO/AA/M/F/Disabled Veteran Employer
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Erik Velgersdyk
erik.velgersdyk@zeiss.com
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