Sourcing Manager

Posted 15 Dec 2021

Burlington, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 232485



A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.



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Your Role:

As Sourcing Manager Americas, you will be responsible for developing and implementing category strategies and managing portfolios of spend in a matrixed environment. Analyze and understand global multimillion dollar spend categories, act as a strategic partner to functional areas within the company to lead the development and achievement of all category goals, including overall best value sourcing strategies for categories (quality, service and cost and risk assessments), negotiating and contracting, SRM (supplier relationship management), establishing partnerships with key suppliers, and harmonizing supplier base.

The role holder is responsible for leading sourcing initiatives with functional business partners for the company’s three distinct business sectors within the Americas region, primarily managing sites in the USA.

As a key link between internal stakeholder groups and external suppliers, the role holder is accountable for understanding key business drivers and ensuring that value to the business is being maximized.

You should be experienced in extensive cross-functional collaboration and use of strategic sourcing best practices to maximize value in terms of cost savings/avoidance, demand management, risk reduction, quality and supplier performance.

The role holder conducts

  • Develop and implement global category sourcing strategies with business leads for assigned categories of products and services, several which are complex and of strategic importance, high value and critical to the success of the business.
  • Implement Supplier Relationship Management programs with strategic suppliers utilizing analytics to enable effective procurement strategies to measure and improve supplier performance, reduce cost and drive innovation.
  • Stay current and informed on the market (category based), changing technologies, and global market trends to ensure category strategies are delivering maximum value while maintaining quality and service.
  • Identify, manage, and mitigate risks in the supply chain, follow market conditions and collect vendor intelligence; anticipate market trends and develop strategies.
  • Utilize collaborative procurement for partnering and competitive processes to assure continuous improvements in quality, service performance, and leverage the suppliers spend.
  • Develop senior level relationships to better understand and align with business strategy and direction to prioritize initiatives and harmonize business and category strategies. 
  • Skillfully negotiate agreements in a timely manner, manage tough vendor situations and sensitive relationships ensuring value and minimizing risk.
  • Resolve disputes and commercial issues with suppliers in conjunction with internal customers.
  • Work with other procurement leaders to implement and maintain efficient and effective processes and systems with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Ensure adherence to pertinent regulatory requirements and to departmental policies, practices and procedures [SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols].

The role holder is an energetic, stress resistant, flexible team player capable of forming strong relationships throughout the entire organization, in addition to successfully leveraging resources, processes and tools to achieve desired outcomes.

As the Sourcing Manager Americas, the scope includes sourcing of construction and installation as well as all lab, infrastructure, and production equipment needs. 

Given the decentralized nature of our stakeholder landscape, it is critical that the CAPEX sourcing manager deliberately focuses on connecting stakeholders and their requirements, fostering a collaborative network and driving value across sites.

The role, located in Burlington, MA, reports to the Head of Capital Investment Sourcing America’s, located in St. Louis, MO.  You have potential to manage direct reports in the future and will indirectly manage approximately one external temporary sourcing staff member.   


Who you are:

Minimun Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent experience in a related discipline. 
  • 5 years related experience, including significant management/leadership experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
  • Specific Category Expertise / Experience:
    • Construction
    • Construction Design
    • General Contracting
    • Owner’s Representative Services
    • Capital equipment


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