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Baxter Procurement Director, Hardware Components in Round Lake, Illinois

Procurement Director, Hardware Components

Req # JR - 030997

Location Round Lake, Illinois, United States

Job Category Purchasing

Date posted 11/30/2020

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Position Overview

This leadership position is responsible for global procurement of Hardware components category spend of approximately $280 million, a supply base of 1550 and a team of 3 indirect report procurement professionals located across the globe. Provide leadership, strategic thinking and expertise for hardware electronics and electromechanical categories to advance Baxter Global Business Units (GBUs) mission agenda “Sustain and Save Lives”.

Key Duties:

  • Drive all aspects of Strategic Sourcing and Spend Management.

  • Lead supplier relationship management and risk assessment. Develop and Implement appropriate risk mitigation plans.

  • Responsible for negotiations and contracting. Responsible for recruiting, coaching, and driving top talent in category 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.

  • Deliver annual VIP (cost reductions) and PPV objectives at category and plant levels.

  • Jointly, with supplier quality, address supplier quality issues on time.

  • Effectively manages long-term relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders.


  • Bachelor's Degree; MBA desirable. CPM preferred.

  • Minimum 10 years’ relevant business and people management experience in Procurement or Supply Chain discipline.

  • High level technical aptitude. Engineering, Electronic or other Technical training.

  • Ability to think strategically and globally.

  • Ability to manage diverse stakeholder interests and expectations.

  • In-depth category knowledge of electronic and electromechanical components along with complex pricing arrangements and supplier profitability.

  • Strong ethical background.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal, analytical and presentation skills.

  • Strong decision maker surrounding multi-million dollar contracts and agreements and major policies.

  • Risk management skill set required to drive innovative solutions and problem solving analysis and resolution.

  • 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 25-40% including global travel. Job Location:

  • US location: Round Lake, IL Preferred:

  • Experience in a regulated and highly technical environment preferred, such as experience in the Automotive, Aerospace, OEM, and/or Medical Device industries.


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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Reasonable Accommodations

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[email protected]and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.