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Procurement Director, Packaging

Req # JR - 051676 Location Deerfield, Illinois, United States Job Category Purchasing Date posted 11/22/2021

This is where you save and sustain lives

At Baxter, we are deeply connected by our mission. No matter your role at Baxter, your work makes a positive impact on people around the world. You’ll feel a sense of purpose throughout the organization, as we know our work improves outcomes for millions of patients. 

Baxter’s products and therapies are found in almost every hospital worldwide, in clinics and in the home. For over 85 years, we have pioneered significant medical innovations that transform healthcare.

Together, we create a place where we are happy, successful and inspire each other. This is where you can do your best work. 

Join us at the intersection of saving and sustaining lives— where your purpose accelerates our mission. 


This leadership role is responsible for global procurement of Packaging spend of approximately $320 million, a supplier base of 950+ to support our 54 plants globally.   This role will allow you to think strategically to develop best in class sourcing and spend management. Our mission to “Save and Sustain lives” impacts people on a global scale every single day and we strive to be a collaborative partner to ensure our patients receive everything they need to live our mission.

Key Duties:

  • Manage, Strategize and deliver all aspects of Strategic Sourcing and Spend 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.  
  • Effectively partner and collaborate long term relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders.
  • Develop supplier relationship management and risk assessments; implementation of appropriate risk mitigation plans.
  • Strong decision maker surrounding multi-million dollar contracts and agreements and major policies.
  • Deliver annual VIP (cost reductions) and PPV objectives at category and plant levels. 
  • Ability to collaborate in a global cross functional matrixed environment, including ability to influence, negotiate and manage stakeholder interests/expectations.
  • Jointly, with supplier quality, address supplier quality issues on time.


  • Bachelor's Degree; MBA desirable. CPM preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years’ relevant business and people management experience in Procurement or Supply Chain discipline.
  • Expertise and aptitude in packaging procurement, preferable experience in Pharma, Food, Medical Device
  • In-depth knowledge of complex pricing arrangements and supplier profitability.
  • Strong ethical background.
  • 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 10%-25% including global travel.
  • All prospective employees for this job will be required to verify that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for individuals with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent vaccinations, and in accordance with applicable law.


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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