B. Braun

Lean Strategic Sourcing Manager

Job Locations US-PA-Center Valley
Requisition ID
Aesculap Inc
# of Openings
Supply Chain
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Aesculap, Inc., a B. Braun company, is part of a 180-year-old global organization focused on meeting the needs of an ever-changing healthcare community. Through close collaboration with its customers, Aesculap provides advanced technologies for general surgery, neurosurgery and closure technologies. Aesculap continues a proud heritage of leadership and responsiveness as we strive to deliver products and services that improve the quality of patients’ lives.


Position Summary:


Lean Strategic Sourcing Manager is responsible for leading the identification of new suppliers, supplier rationalization, negotiations and supplier management with company supply base, driving the strategic sourcing process on a global basis. Lead and support the development, implementation and management of global strategies to provide each Strategic Business Area (SBA) with optimal supply assurance, pricing, flexibility, quality and delivery performance using Lean and continuous improvement methodologies. Lead special projects as needed.



Responsibilities: Essential Duties

  • Builds and leverages strong working relationships with internal customers and key suppliers to assure cost, quality, replenishment time reduction and delivery targets are met.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to determine and document Critical-to-Quality (CTQs) needs for each sourcing effort.
  • Lead the effort to find, audit and recommend suppliers that maximize the CTQs needs of each SBA/product. Leverage Lean and continuous improvement methodologies moving forward. Work with internal stakeholders to gain acceptance of recommended suppliers based on maximizing CTQs.
  • Negotiate agreements, terms/conditions and establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which include initial landed cost, year on year price reduction targets, first pass yields, on-time delivery, material replenishment reductions, etc., minimize risk and warranties in support of those agreements and is the primary supplier relationship owner.
  • On-board new suppliers into SAP and Approved Vendor List (AVL). Help maintain AVL.
  • Working closely with other functional areas (Marketing, R&D, Legal, etc.) the manager will communicate and implement Lean/continuous improvement strategies, contracts, and pricing with an overall focus on continuously improving relationships, minimize total cost of ownership and maximize results to the KPIs to achieve maximum advantage for the company and its customers.
  • Support new product introduction (NPI) programs as Supply Chain representative by coordinating all sourcing and supplier qualification activities on a global basis.
  • Analyze current spend and evaluate current suppliers. Consolidate spend across suppliers, analyzing purchasing trends, working with SBA's and developing sourcing alternatives.
  • Manage respective supplier relationships and performance, including but not limited to dispute resolution.
  • Benchmarks new processes, approaches and technology that will continually drive improvements on performance and business results.
  • Research, identify, and analyze current and emerging procurement trends, develops a deep understanding of market conditions, proposes global supply chain solutions focusing on total cost of ownership.
  • Recognized as the Center of Knowledge supplier base and shares this information with key stakeholders to enable more effective planning, forecasting, and execution.
  • Identify new high potential suppliers on global basis.
  • Works closely with Finance to ensure proper segregation of duties with respect to Supply Chain. Creates policies and programs as needed to ensure compliance with B. Braunand Aesculap directives.
  • Ensures compliance with global B. Braun directives regarding procure to pay processes
  • Acts as single point of contact with third party suppliers with regard to capacity and capabilities also responsible for communication of any changes in regulations as they affect product that is purchased. (e.g. FDA, UDI regulation).
  • Familiar customs laws for import of products from foreign countries
  • Must comply with applicable ISO and FDA regulations as stated in Quality Manual.
  • Must embody the Company’s Vision, Mission and Values
  • Other duties may be assigned

Secondary or peripheral job functions:

  • Manage multiple projects, coordinates activities of Supply Chain as it relates to supplier management and tracks progress/schedules.
  • Monitor SAP purchasing application in the Supply Chain and provide suggested improvements to streamline processes and improve productivity.
  • Travel to domestic and international suppliers. Coordinates supplier audits (including Quality audits) and communication as single point of contact between Aesculap and supply base.
  • Develop understanding where our competition sources their products as well as determining the respective costs.
  • Works closely with Operations Center in Hazelwood, MO to develop and refine business processes that relate to core business strategies.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Provide facilitator role in the application of Purchasing in the Supply Chain.


Expertise: Qualifications-Experience/Training/Education/Etc



  • BA/BS in Supply Chain, Supplier Management, Inventory Control, Procurment, Warehousingor equivalent, MBA preferred.
  • Certification with Institute of Supply Management (ISM), American Purchasing Society (APS), or American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) preferred CSCP and CPIM certifications preferred.
  • 5 – 7 years in similar role with progressive company required.
  • Medical device industry experience and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliance preferred.
  • Knowledge of FDA & ISO requirements or other recognized International Quality System standards preferred.
  • Lean/continuous improvement environment knowledge and experience required.
  • Supplier development and measurement.
  • Familiarity with product life cycle management.
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to solve complex problems
  • Experience working in Manufacturing and/or R&D Engineering environment
  • Commercial experience with supplier selection and approval; contract negotiations; supplier relationship management
  • Ability to clearly present recommendations and ideas and to summarize complex issues
  • Knowledge and experience with supplier quality certifications.


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While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.



B. Braun offers an excellent benefits package, which includes healthcare, a 401(k) plan, and tuition reimbursement. To learn more about B. Braun and our safety healthcare products or view a listing of our employment opportunities, please visit us on the internet at www.bbraunusa.com.

Through its “Sharing Expertise®” initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services.


Responsibilities: Other Duties:


The preceding functions have been provided as examples of the types of work performed by employees assigned to this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

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 regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 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. This position could require the handling of instruments that may or may not have been contaminated by blood or other body fluids. In compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, Aesculap will provide a safe working environment for all employees. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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