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Mgr, Supplier Development Engineering

Req #: JR - 027862 Location Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico Job Category: Engineering Date Posted: 10/12/2020

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Our company is enriched by a diverse population of individuals in more than 100 countries that work to solve, innovate, manufacture and drive better healthcare options for patients around the world.

Meet Sarah – (center) with members of the Baxter Engineering team who initiated a corporate partnership with Society of Women Engineers.

“Initially I thought I would go to medical school and become a doctor, but I remember calling my mom sophomore year in college and saying ‘I’m going to miss my math.’ I realized at that moment that I preferred to be behind the scenes helping patients by making products that will save them..”

Meet Anwesha – recently promoted to Manager, she leads a team of software engineers for our Medication Delivery business.

“I grew up in a small coastal town in India called Bhubaneswar, where we have our own traditions and culture. I think this has helped me grow personally and professionally. Working with a global team at Baxter, my background helps me to be open, appreciate and relate to people from all different places.”

Meet Sam – he has been with Baxter for over 15 years, working as an engineering technologist in Round Lake, IL, US.

“I have a wonderful team. They have been flexible and open to the differences in communication methods and work style necessary for me to excel. If I didn’t have that support, I wouldn’t be where I am now and I wouldn’t have been able to advance within the company. I’m proud to work at Baxter.”

Meet Erika – she has been an engineer in Round Lake, IL, US for over four years, promoted to Senior Principal Engineer in 2019.

“My involvement with National Society of Black Engineers outside of work has afforded me the opportunity to manage Baxter’s external partnership with the organization, exposing us to networking and talent that can help drive diversity and innovation, and providing opportunities for more community engagement and involvement, which I know a lot of my colleagues like.”

Mgr, Supplier Development Engineering

Req # JR - 027862 Location Jiutepec, Morelos Job Category Engineering Date posted 10/12/2020

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SUMMARY

The Manager - Supplier Development Engineering (SDE) role is critical to Baxter’s Global Procurement organization and reports to the Supplier Development department.  The role is responsible for supplier manufacturing capability assessment, Advance Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), and on-going continuous improvement of supplier performance, such as:  quality, delivery, cost reduction, capacity planning, proactive risk mitigation, etc.

The role shall ensure alignment with Baxter’s global business units, global supply chain functions, and regional organizations.  

The role owns supplier development engineering responsibilities for one or more Baxter plants, new product development programs, and/or external contract manufacturers.

Given the complexity of the position’s scope, the incumbent must have the ability to:  manage several technical projects forward simultaneously, foster cross-functional collaboration by building strong relationships with internal stakeholders (plant managers, QMRs, business unit leaders, procurement partners…), simplify the complex to solve business problems, and the courage to knock down barriers to drive business results with speed. 

JOB DUTIES

  • Lead and facilitate the resolution of critical supplier quality/capacity issues threatening continuity of supply to a Baxter manufacturing facility or External Contract Manufacturer. Drive supplier through containment, root cause analysis, corrective action, and implementation.
  • Maintain alignment between supplier, Baxter’s manufacturing plant, engineering, supply chain, and broader procurement organization. Discern whether issues are supplier-caused, escalate issues (management reporting), and pursue cost recovery, where appropriate.
  • Coach supplier on key tools and methods, such as: root cause analysis,  5 Whys, MSA, Gage R&R, capability analysis, FMEA, control plan, tooling capacity, statistical process control charts, DMAIC, SCAR, PPAP, PAPA, Continuous Improvement.  
  • Drive key supplier improvement initiatives using Supplier Excellence methods and techniques, such as:  kaizen workshops, value analysis / value engineering (VA/VE), cost modeling, lean six sigma training, etc.
  • Perform supplier capability assessments and/or audits, as related to quality systems, process controls, manufacturing capabilities, and lean maturity.  Publish audit and/or assessment reports outlining non-conformities, opportunities for improvement, and work closely with suppliers to plan / implement appropriate and timely corrective actions. 
  • SDE responsibility for key New Product Development (NPD) programs by ensuring Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process is deployed and executed with suppliers, manufacturing plants, and engineering for on-time PPAP submission approval with quality target encompassing all aspects of supplier readiness, such as: 100% on time PPAP (Production Part Approval Process), Capacity study/Run at Rate, etc.
  • Maintain relationships with key external suppliers/partners and internal stakeholders/customers (manufacturing operations, planning and fulfillment, quality, business units, engineering, etc.)  promoting collaboration, diversity, and a cross-functional approach to solving business problems and driving business results.
  • Drive supply base improvement for respective Baxter manufacturing facilities (manufacturing plants or External Contract Manufacturers (ECM), including: systematically review supplier’s performance, propose continuous improvement activities, and work with suppliers to achieve process improvements to meet quality, delivery, and cost improvement targets.
  • Identify the processes necessary to get things done, adheres to ethics and compliance, ability to simplify ways of working, and ability to management multiple projects simultaneously to drive efficient and effective work flow.
  • Balances process centric behaviors (looking for new and better ways to accomplish work) and results driven behaviors (getting the work done).  Do and improve the work.  Seeks to understand different perspectives, cultures, and diverse experiences to foster collaboration in a highly matrix and global organization.
  • Support the strategy planning and deployment process, metrics, governance and operating mechanisms. 
  • Responsible to support budget planning and adhere to final budget required to support manufacturing plants (e.g., travel, improvement initiatives, training, etc.).

QUALIICATIONS

  • Solid quantitative and qualitative assessment skills, critical thinking skills.  Detailed and thorough; Excel at practical problem solving skills with an ability to think systematically and fact-based. A positive, proactive and non-confrontational approach to problem solving.  Ability to analyze complex information to evaluate options systematically when confronted with making key decisions. 
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity to operate effectively even when way forward is not clear, and decisively takes on tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and encouraging attitude.
  • Ability to proactively identify risks; collaboratively identifies short-term containment actions, mitigations, contingencies, and related triggers.
  • Proven professional, accurate, clear and concise communication and presentation skills.   Excellent technical writing skill and ability to communicate well (both written and verbal) laterally and vertically.
  • Adapts approach and demeanor in real time.  Picks up on situations cues and adjusts in the moment; Readily adapts personal, interpersonal, and leadership behavior.; Understands that different situations may call for different approaches.; Can act differently depending on the circumstances.
  • Strong program management skills leading large-scale, cross-functional teams. Ability to navigate a highly matrixed, global organization. Ability to lead suppliers n completing tasks and activities on time.  Experienced in working with people from multiple organizational levels, and with multinational employees.
  • Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives. Represents own interests while being fair to others and their areas. Strong negotiation, strong influencing skills, and the ability to work in a highly matrixed, diverse, consensus-driven organization.  Gains trust and support of others.
  • Have demonstrated skills in developing, mentoring, coaching and training others.
  • Orchestrates multiple activities to accomplish goals and strategic initiatives, secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently, motivates cross functional team and direct reports, and optimizes available resources.
  • Strong drive for results.  Solid understanding of the key drivers of manufacturing performance capabilities, sets aggressive goals and high standards, and consistently achieves results regardless of circumstances.
  • Business acumen and initial understanding of performance reports, understanding of cost/benefits decision modeling, and estimating financial benefits to Baxter.
  • Proficient in computer skills, including: MS Word, Excel, Visio, SharePoint, Tableau.  Prefer experience with Mini-tab strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to work extended hours to achieve critical path deliverables, when necessary
  • Ability to travel extensively (over 50%), when necessary

    EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Science field, or 7 years equivalent work experience in quality, tooling, manufacturing.
  • 5-7 years of experience in engineering, supplier quality, manufacturing operational excellence, and/or supplier development.
  • Experience in plants operation is required; 3+ years in plants operation preferred
  • Strong understanding of many functional disciplines, such as:  Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory Compliance, Supply Chain, Supplier Quality, Materials Planning, etc.
  • 1- 2 years of experience in supervising and managing a team of direct reports preferred. 
  • Expertise in one or more discrete manufacturing operations employing plastics processing technologies (e.g. extrusion, injection molding, automated assembly, electronics (PCBAs, sensors, cables), etc.
  • Strong command of quality systems, methods and practices; ISO13485, APQP, FMEA, Control Plan, MSA, PPAP & Run at Rate
  • Proven experience in technical problem solving and continuous improvement of manufacturing processes using tools, such a s:  8D, 5 WHYs, PDCA, and DMAIC. Lean six sigma Black Belt strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a large scale and global medical device, pharmaceutical or highly regulated environment preferred.  Experience in Automotive, Aerospace is a plus.

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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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