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Waters Commodity Manager in Milford, Massachusetts

Responsible for translating into action the Category/procurement strategies for commodity and specialized materials in support of a worldwide life sciences manufacturer.

This position is responsible for managing the strategic coordination of sourcing and supplier relationship management, including participating in a sourcing team, executing commodity strategies, participating in supplier selection activities, and establishing and executing purchase contracts governing assigned commodities. A primary responsibility of this role concerns the site execution of Category Management strategies, monitoring site compliance to global harmonized processes. The Commodity manager will also work closely with site technical subject matter experts in evaluation and selection of suppliers so as to provide Waters with the highest levels of quality at the lowest landed cost while ensuring adequate capacity, on-time delivery, and commitment to continuous improvement, and work closely with the Electrical Engineering team to manage EOL electronic components. The scope includes supporting current products as well as new product development.

  • Execution of Category strategy at the site. This includes segmenting the commodity into sourceable categories, developing and executing supply base strategies to improve supplier performance (cost, quality, delivery), and ensuring appropriate levels of capacity to support business-unit demand.

  • Work closely with site team of Buyers on compliance to global harmonized systems, tools and supply chain processes and best practice escalation of issue in the supply base.

  • Manage supplier relationships and opportunities for cost-out and product/supplier improvement, while ensuring production, delivery, and capacity requirements for all commodities.

  • Participate in supplier startup activities (e.g., PPAP, supplier approval process, specification/print development when necessary, trials, etc.). Coordinate cost-estimating and design parameters for new projects and products.

  • Negotiate with external suppliers and internal stakeholders; conduct problem resolution and settle disputes; develop win/win solutions; and promote positive relations.

  • Coordinate the exchange of technical information regarding product and product processing with adequate safeguards for confidentiality.

  • Evaluate social, economic, and governmental information to determine the risks and opportunities regarding global sourcing (e.g., tariffs, dumping duties, exchange rates, etc.).

  • Develop productive relationships with others in Supply Chain Management organization via mentoring, teaching and training.

  • Possess analytical and technical skills required to understand business practices and recommend proper automation opportunities.

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or engineering or a closely related field from an accredited institution

  • Familiarity with MRP, ( SAP a plus ), JIT, lean manufacturing, kanban a plus

  • Negotiating skills

  • Demonstrated understanding of key financial metrics

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints

  • Knowledge of and/or experience with manufacturing in a regulated environment

  • Strong oral, written and presentation skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Minimum of seven years of experience in a high tech / fast paced manufacturing-based business

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials, and food sciences for more than 60 years. With more than 7,000 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 35 countries, including 15 manufacturing facilities, with products available in more than 100 countries. Our team focuses on creating business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations to enable significant advancement in healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality.

Working at Waters enables our employees to unlock the potential of their careers. Our global team is driven by purpose. We strive to be better, learn and improve every day in everything we do. We’re the problem solvers and innovators that aren’t afraid to take risks to transform the world of human health and well-being. We’re all in it together delivering benefit as one to provide the insights needed today in order to solve the challenges of tomorrow.

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our core values at Waters Corporation. It is our responsibility to actively implement programs and practices to drive inclusive behavior and increase diversity across the organization. We are united by diversity and thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, our customers and our community. Waters is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or protected Veteran status.

Company Name: Waters Division

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Street: 34 Maple Street