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Strategic Sourcing Manager, NPD
Company: Hach
Location: Loveland, CO
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 01/27/2022
Expire Date: 02/26/2022
Job Categories: Computers, Software, Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Financial Services, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing and Production, Executive Management, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Environmental, Web Technology, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Strategic Sourcing Manager, NPD

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions, and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures, and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world.

OUR VISION: We make water analysis better faster, simpler, greener and more informative via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.


The Strategic Sourcing Manager, NPD will be responsible for strategic and technical support for our NPD (New Product Development) Team from a sourcing/procurement perspective. As a core team member on one or more NPD projects, the associate will work closely with the Team to achieve successful new product launches on time and at cost while ensuring that supply chain risks are mitigated and that the project sourcing strategy is aligned with overall company strategy and objectives. Additionally, the associate will work to facilitate early collaboration between suppliers and the Engineering Team to drive down cost and ensure good DFM (Design for Manufacturability), DFP (Design for Procurement), and VAVE (Value Analysis, Value Engineering). Lastly, the associate will utilize data-driven processes to track sourcing focused KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), countermeasuring any misses to targets throughout the life of the project and ensuring a smooth transition of the product to the Manufacturing, Operations, and Sustaining Teams at launch.

SCHEDULE: M-F, 40hrs/wk



There are two key areas of responsibility for this role, Strategic and Technical.

Strategic Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with Direct Material Procurement Team to develop overall sourcing strategy for program.
  • Create sourcing plans for NPD programs. Identify suppliers that satisfy program requirements, advocating for the minimization of single/sole source components where appropriate.
  • Accountability for supplier selection for NPD including alignment with Corporate and DHR commodity strategies, and technical capability of supplier.
  • Conduct high-level RFQ (Request for Quote) to determine sourcing path.
  • Provide sourcing support to Engineering including point of escalation for any issues.
  • Leads/facilitates early supplier engagement with R&D teams in NPD programs including supplier visits.
  • Ensures early engagement between supplier and R&D on critical or high-cost components/assemblies.
  • Drives sourcing and negotiation/auction cost-reduction projects for NPD programs. Identify savings opportunities and participate in Kaizens/workshops.
  • Analyze BOM throughout the process and address risk areas. Supports upkeep of cost model.
  • Provide spend analytics for program and lead transfer to Global Sourcing.
  • Defines and tracks Sourcing KPIs.
  • Supplier risk management and mitigation, tracked and reported on risk register.
  • Facilitates the transition of the NPD supply chain to Manufacturing/Operations/Sustaining/Service.
  • Make vs. Buy analyses for NPD programs from a component and/or sub-assembly perspective.
  • Works cross functionally to identify optimal manufacturing location using data driven process.
  • Collaborates on supplier agreements needed during NPD projects, taking a leading role in negotiations for contracts, NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements), etc. and ensuring favorable terms in line with Procurement strategy.
  • Other duties as assigned

Technical Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates DFM drawing and design reviews, ensuring supplier capability.
  • Align projects to correct suppliers from a technical capability standpoint.
  • Coordinate and participate in Producibility Reviews, ensuring cross functional agreement on requirements and expectations between R&D and supplier.
  • Work with R&D to determine technical solutions based on understanding of manufacturing methods and/or supplier capability.
  • Participates in internal design reviews, providing technical support for Engineering on design optimization, DFM, and DFP.
  • Support sourcing plans for NPD programs.
  • Liaison between NPD and existing product VAVE and Sourcing Project activity.
  • Support NPD cost-savings funnel projects (both VAVE and Sourcing projects for NPD) by participating in VAVE workshops and continuous funnel-building activity.
  • Other duties as assigned

Why you want this job:

  • You will be helping ensure water quality for people around the world!
  • You get to be a part of our partner company, Danaher Corporation, rated 162 on the Fortune 500 list
  • As part of Danaher, you can grow your career across four high-impact industries, six continents and more than 20 global operating companies


  • Bachelors degree in Materials Management, Business Management, or STEM field.
  • 3-5 years experience in strategic sourcing in commodities, preferably for a new product development program.
  • Technical background preferred with the ability to understand engineering concepts.
  • Experience with supplier negotiation and contracts.


  • Financial Financial skills to assess the total cost of dealing with a supplier, including price and factors such as the costs of delivery, administration, quality control, and inventory.
  • Communication Communicates effectively at all levels of the organization. Expresses ideas clearly and simply both verbally and in writing. Promotes timely, ongoing flow of information to others. Communicates and listens effectively to develop and maintain key business relationships. Is comfortable with visual management techniques and providing daily/weekly updates on project progress.
  • Negotiation/Influence Ability to persuade others. Builds consensus and gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills Ability to work with co-workers and customers, both internal and external at all levels. Ability to professionally interact and build constructive and effective relationships with all levels and functions within the Company. Ability to effectively interface with others on behalf of the organization. Influences key business partners and customers to achieve mutually beneficial results.
  • Initiative Ability to work well independently and exercise appropriate judgment under general direction. Ability to prioritize workload, goals and tasks consistent with the department and corporate objectives. Ability to take direction from multiple sources and manages conflicting priorities in an effective and efficient manner. Ability to multi-task, completing concurrent projects within given time frames and managing interruptions and change requests. Takes initiative to establish new processes and methods to support a variety of coordination activities.
  • Problem Solving Uses rigorous logic to solve problems. Probes all sources for answers. Looks beyond the obvious. Enjoys solving tactical and process problems. Applies appropriate theory and principles, expert judgment, and cross-functional expertise to address a broad range of complex problems. Conflict analysis and resolution.
  • Decision Making Makes timely, sound decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment. Utilizes a high degree of creativity. Relies on extensive experience and good judgment to ensure that expectations are met and that business objectives are achieved.
  • Adaptability Embraces and adapts to change and demonstrates a willingness to learn. Reactive to abrupt changes, arising issues, extreme time pressures, and other exigent circumstances. Ability to respond quickly to change, and to prioritize actions to meet customer needs. Acts with a sense of urgency.
  • Trust and Integrity Interacts with others in a way that gives them confidence in ones intentions and those of the organization. Accepts responsibility for ones own decisions and actions. Demonstrates honesty. Keeps commitments. Behaves in a consistent manner and is open, honest and trustworthy.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork Works collaboratively and cooperatively with many teams cross-functionally. Ability to work well with other people to solve problems and to find the best solution. Energetic and willingness to work closely with all team members to achieve success.
  • Customer Orientation Demonstrates a keen understanding of various customers (internal or external) needs. Works to address these needs through the engineering or other work performed. Understands that we work for our customers. Appreciates VOC (Voice of Customer) and the role it plays in making design decisions.
  • Business Acumen Strong grasp of business concepts and related issues. Shows understanding of issues relevant to organization. Keeps up to date with current practices and trends. Has and uses cross-functional knowledge.
  • Computer Skills Proficient computer-based tools including Microsoft Office applications, project planning, flow charts, presentation, e-mail, web browsers and spreadsheet software.



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 occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach. The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell.

The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


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 work environment consists of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible pre-employment physical and/or credit history review. Hach will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state, and Federal Law.

The hourly rate or salary range for this role is $85,000-$97,000. This is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in Colorado. This range may be modified in the future.

This job is also eligible for bonus pay.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.

You can apply for this role through the Careers Page at https://jobs.danaher.com/global/en/ (or through the Workday Find Jobs function if you are a current employee)

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Companys sole discretion, consistent with the law.

When you join us, youll also be joining Danahers global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, youll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.

The EEO posters are available here.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation.

If youve ever wondered whats within you, theres no better time to find out.

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