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Director, Purchasing & Supplier Management - Direct Materials

Req #: 180006NM_en
Location: Round Lake, IL US
Job Category: Purchasing
Date Posted: 3/20/2018 12:58:57 PM
Baxter International


Director, Purchasing & Supplier Management – Direct Materials

Baxter International

Round Lake, IL


About Baxter:

Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; surgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care.




Position Overview:

This leadership position is responsible for global direct material spend of approximately $1.5 Billion, a supply base of 5000+ and team of 36 purchasing professionals located across the globe.   Provide leadership, strategic thinking and expertise for Resins, Molded Components, Corrugate/Packaging, Chemicals, API’s, Hardware and Compounding categories. 


Responsible for all aspects of Strategic Sourcing and Spend Management. Responsible for supplier relationship management and risk assessment.  Develop and Implement appropriate risk mitigation plans.  Responsible for negotiations and contracting.  Responsible for recruiting, coaching, and driving top talent in category management.  Develop robust category strategies that reduce supply base, reduce dependence on single/sole sourced suppliers, deliver continuity of supply, and provide for annual cost reductions.  Deliver annual VIP (cost reductions) and PPV objectives at category and plant levels.  Jointly, with supplier quality, address supplier quality issues on time.


Effectively manages long-term relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders.




  • Bachelor's Degree; MBA desirable. CPM preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years’ relevant business experience with at least 5 as a manager. Global experience desirable.
  • High level technical aptitude. Engineering, Chemical or other Technical training.
  • Ability to think strategically and globally.
  • Ability to manage diverse stakeholder interests and expectations.
  • In-depth knowledge of complex pricing arrangements and supplier profitability.
  • Strong ethical background.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal, analytical and presentation skills.
  • Strong decision maker surrounding multi-million dollar contracts and agreements and major policies.
  • Risk management skill set required to drive innovative solutions and problem solving analysis and resolution.
  • Seasoned negotiator with knowledge of cost tools such as material breakdown, benchmarking, value analysis, value engineering, complex RFQ’s and innovative purchasing tools.
  • Strong project management skills to drive projects to closure. 
  • Knowledge of root cause analysis, problem solving, continuous improvement, corrective and preventative action, product quality assurance systems and supplier performance development and evaluation is helpful.
  • Travel of 25-40% including global travel.


  • Experience in a regulated and highly technical environment preferred, such as experience in the Automotive, Food, Aerospace, OEM, and/or Medical industries.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations
Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an e-mail to Americas_TTA@baxter.com and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.



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