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Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability

Req # JR - 054521 Location Round Lake, Illinois, United States Job Category Purchasing Date posted 11/30/2021

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. 


The Sr. Manager of suppliers’ diversity and sustainability will partner closely with global and regional Directors and categories managers to lead and execute the planning and implementation of various strategic programs and initiatives to advance suppliers' sustainability for Baxter. S/he will interface with global and regional business leaders at all levels and become a true advisor and business partner while developing and driving Baxter's Supplier' Diversity and Sustainability Strategy and vision.

Reporting to the Director of Supplier Development/Diversity and Sustainability, this highly visible role will also focus on strategic initiatives as we continue to transform the organization globally by driving our core values of speed, simplicity, courage, and collaboration. If you’re ready to make an impact within a fast paced, dynamic global environment this could be the perfect role for you!

Additional Responsibilities: Supplier Diversity

  • Development and Implementation of a comprehensive strategy for Baxter’s Supplier Diversity Program and manage all aspects of the program.
  • Develop relationships with diverse suppliers and promote networking relationships between suppliers and commodity buying teams to support Baxter’s procurement organization goals.
  • Work with external supplier diversity partner councils (MBE Councils, WBE Councils, Veterans Councils, Disability Councils, LGBTQ Councils) to support programs, and create opportunities for diverse suppliers to grow business and support Baxter’s procurement Goals.
  • Lead training initiatives across all stakeholders to educate them on supplier diversity requirements, programs, and systems.
  • Identify best industry practices in supplier diversity programs by conducting research consisting of external benchmarking, attending conferences, gaining insight from customers and key vendors
  • Establishes a comprehensive internal and external outreach communication plan in support of the overall Baxter corporate vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Lead, develop, and manage complex enterprise commodity or category strategies as defined by Strategic Sourcing leadership. Assist with identification of existing diverse suppliers as well as introduce new diverse suppliers for commodities or categories.
  • Consults with Procurement, Supply Chain and various business leaders to ensure appropriate identification, qualification, and inclusion of diverse suppliers. Responsible for all reporting of Company’s diverse supplier spend (Tier 1 and Tier 2) (Certified Minority and women-owned businesses) for all business operations and government contracts where applicable
  • Develop a supplier diversity corporate policy that clearly defines Executive Management commitment and measures success.
  • Works closely with category leads to host supplier diversity and sustainability event and coordinates event logistics and manage budget,
  • Supports categories Manager/Director in all RFP’s to ensure consistent approach and reporting practices

Additional Responsibilities: Continued Supplier Sustainability

  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for Baxter’s Supplier Sustainability Program and manage all aspects of the program.
  • Act as an advisor to the cross-functional leadership team on the suppliers' sustainability agenda and ongoing transformation efforts.
  • Drive the ongoing development of Baxter supplier's sustainability strategy covering the company's suppliers full value chain.
  • The Manager will play a key role in managing and implementing our suppliers' sustainability program, including engaging with internal and external stakeholders such as our suppliers, manufacturing plants, Environment Health & safety, business organizations, and customers.
  • Lead the annual suppliers' sustainability reporting process in close collaboration with the corporate communications team as well as ensure reporting to several sustainability partners.
  • Coordinate the planning and execution of our suppliers' sustainability projects; monitor the progress against deadlines and milestones
  • Manage our 3rd party to survey our supply base in the following categories (Environment- Ethics, Labors & Human Rights & Sustainable procurement)
  • Lead the effort to implement corrective actions for our supply base with no sustainability systems.
  • Distribute, assign and ensure completion of workstream responsibilities
  • Represents Baxter’s Procurement Sustainability team on multiple internal working groups and in external practice communities
  • Monitor risks, actions, decisions and support workstreams in driving tasks to completion


  • Bachelor’s degree, supplier diversity & sustainability, environmental policy or a related field or Business, Finance, procurement or other business-related area.
  • At least 10+ years of work experience in a business setting with a focus in procurement sustainability, or related field & 10 + years procurement, supply chain and/or Supplier Diversity program management work experience related.
  • Ability to translate sustainability issues into goals and metrics and garner excitement and generate interest in program amongst stakeholders.
  • Knowledgeable in strategic sourcing and vendor management
  • Previous work experience in developing and establishing supplier diversity programs and/or organization
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and leading a diverse group of internal contributors and stakeholders to achieve objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to adjust and adapt to changing conditions.
  • Ability to translate sustainability issues into goals and metrics and garner excitement and generate interest in program amongst stakeholders.
  • Ability to grasp concepts quickly and exercise follow through skills, adhere to a work schedule and address challenges as they arise, maintaining a positive outlook.
  • Ability to travel of 20%



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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