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Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Cardiac Management Solutions

The Cardiac Management Solutions division of ZOLL Medical Corporation develops products to protect and manage cardiac patients, including the LifeVest® wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD), the ZOLL cardiac monitor, and associated technologies.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. At ZOLL, your work will help to ensure cardiac patients get the life-saving therapy they need. To date, the LifeVest WCD has been worn by hundreds of thousands of patients and saved thousands of lives.

ZOLL has been Pittsburgh’s Manufacturer of the Year, one of Western PA’s Healthiest Employers, and even one of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Offices. But it’s our unique opportunity to impact people’s lives that makes ZOLL the ideal place to build your career.

This position in Strategic Sourcing Specialist will have focus on managing supplier contract compliance.  Contract compliance responsibilities include monitoring and managing supplier compliance to existing contracts and agreements.  This position will have responsibilities to include supplier risk reduction, sourcing and the negotiation of new agreements. 

Position Summary:

  • Responsible for sourcing, procurement, risk reduction, and negotiation of assigned commodities.  Identify, select, qualify, and manage suppliers to maximize the net value of the supply chain network.  Net value optimizes the balance of risk, cost, quality, delivery, speed, and flexibility. 
  • Create, implement, and maintain supply chain strategies which optimize the supply network from the standpoint of net value.  Has full accountability for the performance of the supply chain for multiple commodities.
  • Responsible to hire, train, lead, develop, and mentor employees and to maintain a high-performance work team.
  • Lead sourcing, procurement, and negotiation of commodities, materials, and MRO, and for identifying, selecting, qualifying, and managing the supply base. 
  • Responsible for on-time delivery, pricing, quality, lead-time, and inventory of direct and indirect purchased materials.
  • Develop requests for information (RFI), requests for proposal (RFP), and requests for quotation (RFQ), as appropriate, to qualify and engage potential suppliers and to clearly define supplier deliverables.
  • Responsible to identify improvement opportunities in the supply chain network, or with internal processes, and to make continuous improvements.
  • Remain current on commodity and economic market conditions and take proactive measures to protect supply and improve net value of the supply chain network. 
  • Engage, develop relationships with, and support the design engineering community to support new product development by establishing net value-appropriate supply chains concurrently during the product development cycle.  Engage suppliers in the early in the product development process to optimize costs and to incorporate manufacturability into product designs.
  • Administer and distribute the supplier balanced scorecard for assigned commodities.  Support supplier quality personnel in remedial supplier actions.
  • Arrange and administer supplier strategic business reviews, supplier visits (internal and external); distribute and manage related minutes/actions that result.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research, evaluate, and qualify suppliers based on net value, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.   Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
  • Interview vendors and visit suppliers' plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices.
  • Reviewing purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  • Negotiate and administer contracts with suppliers to maximize net value.
  • Monitor changes affecting supply and demand, tracking market conditions, price trends, or futures markets.
  • Drive and execute cost reduction activities.
  • Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Review purchase order terms, claims, and contracts to ensure favorable value and conformance to company policy.
  • Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
  • Write and review product specifications, maintaining a working technical knowledge of the goods or services to be purchased.
  • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
  • Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.

Supervisory Responsibilities:



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Educations and/or Experience:

  • Behavioral:  Highly-motivated leader, sets a ‘high-bar’ of achievement for self and others, actively mentors and develops people into high-performers, works outside of functional ‘boundaries’ for the betterment of the company, actively collaborates and builds trust with people, exhibits managerial courage, makes and keeps commitments, keeps stakeholders informed, delivers results.
  • Degree in Engineering or Supply Chain; MBA a plus
  • 5+ years of relevant purchasing/procurement experience plus an additional 3+ years of management or strategic sourcing leadership experience, with a proven record of achievement
  • Project management experience with MS Project a plus
  • Excellent skills in negotiation, communication and analysis
  • Must be resourceful and independent
  • Ability to read and interpret mechanical drawings
  • Procurement experience in an electro-mechanical manufacturing environment
  • Ability and willingness to travel ten to twenty percent, including international travel
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Prior experience sourcing/manufacturing/designing molded plastics is preferred

Language Skills:                                                                                                                                                                             

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills:                                                                                                                                                     

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 

Reasoning Ability:                                                                                                                                                                         

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems and make appropriate judgment calls to insure the correct outcome.

Computer Skills:                                                                                                                                                                            

To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, talk and hear.  Employee may occasionally be required to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

ZOLL is an Equal Opportunity Employer - minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity.