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Category Manager

Olympus Medical Systems

Olympus Medical Systems

Westborough, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024

Working Location: MASSACHUSETTS, WESTBOROUGH; MINNESOTA, BROOKLYN PARK

Workplace Flexibility: Hybrid

Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Olympus, a leading medical technology company, has focused on making people’s lives better for over 100 years.

Our Purpose is to make people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling.

Our Core Values are reflected in all we do: Integrity – Empathy – Agility – Unity – Long-Term View

We deliver on our purpose and our core values by staying True to Life.

Job Description

Category Manager is responsible for managing diverse strategic supplier partnerships that drive enterprise value with innovation, best cost and competitive advantages that benefit customers, suppliers and patients. The Category Manager supports the development and execution of strategic plans by clearly understanding the spend and stakeholder landscape, leveraging market intelligence, industry knowledge and cross- functional collaboration. Competitive advantage is created through end-to-end category management bringing the best available value through assurance of supply, quality, service levels, innovation and cost, achieved through supplier selection and management, contract negotiation, supply chain optimization and risk mitigation. The core competences for this impactful role are:

  • Develop deep industry insights leveraging supply market intelligence and industry insights.
  • Stakeholder engagement to influencing business decisions relevant to the category strategy.
  • Strong cross-functional leadership skills to drive continuous progress against the strategic category plans.
  • Sets continuous improvement goals for assigned categories and explores a broad set of value levers to deliver on targets.
  • Functions as Subject Matter Expert for assigned categories.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the procurement of one or more of the following direct material categories; plastics, mechanical components, electrical components, assemblies, packaging, and ceramics.
  • Supports the development and execution of global supply strategies to achieve best total value, sustainable productivity and high levels of quality and service aligned with business objectives.
  • Proactive leadership and management with cross-functional partners to effectively select suppliers, negotiate favorable contracts, and manage supplier performance and relationships.
  • Understand portfolio risk profile of managed categories. Develop mitigation action and plans.
  • Collaborate with and influence business partners in a highly matrixed environment to optimize key supplier performance and innovation.
  • Influence business decisions to enter/exit product lines, drive make/buy decisions and implement supply optimization.
  • Facilitates Supplier Relationship Management through development and tracking of Key Performance Indicators for the category; establishes collaborative environment with key suppliers and business partners to optimize supplier performance and innovation.
  • Perform data analysis and utilize financial acumen to identify opportunities to leverage scale and drive cost savings.
  • Drives annual cost savings through effective strategies and negotiations.
  • Global expertise in category including technical product knowledge, cost drivers, related industry dynamics and market trends.

Job Qualifications

Required:

  • BA, BS, or equivalent experience in related field required.
  • Minimum of 7 years operations / sourcing / engineering experience required.

Preferred:

  • Experience working in the medical device, healthcare, or other highly regulated industry preferred.
  • Strong project and process management to execute supply strategy with cross functional teams.
  • Expertise with contract requirements to negotiate critical terms and conditions in line with category strategy.
  • Familiarity with manufacturing, quality and supply chain processes to support supplier selection and performance management.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; able to communicate effectively and interact with personnel at various levels of expertise on a global landscape.

Why join Olympus?

Here, people matter—our health, our happiness, and our lives.

  • Competitive salaries, annual bonus and 401(k)* with company match
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Visions coverage effective on start date
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program
  • Free virtual live and on-demand wellness classes
  • Work-life balance supportive culture with hybrid and remote roles
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Educational Assistance
  • Parental Leave and Adoption Assistance
  • Volunteering and charitable donation match programs
  • Diversity & Inclusion Programs including Colleague Affinity Networks
  • On-Site Child Daycare, Café, Fitness Center**

*US Only

**Limited locations

We care about your health and financial well-being and offer the resources you need to feel vital, confident and ready for wherever life takes you. Learn more about our benefit offerings at https://www.olympusamerica.com/careers/benefits-perks.

About us:

Our Medical business uses innovative capabilities in medical technology, therapeutic intervention, and precision manufacturing to help healthcare professionals deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive procedures to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients and their safety.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Olympus employs more than 31,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries and regions. Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,200 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

Olympus is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace

We recognize diversity in people, views and lifestyle choices and emphasize the importance of inclusion and mutual respect. We strive to continue to foster empathy and unity in the workplace so that our employees can fully contribute and thrive.

Let’s realize your potential, together.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Applicants with Disabilities: As a Federal Contractor, Olympus is committed to ensuring our hiring process is accessible to everyone. If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application or hiring process, please contact Olympus via email at OCAAccommodations@olympus.com. If your disability impairs your ability to email, you may call our HR Compliance Manager at 1-888-Olympus (1-888-659-6787).

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Massachusetts (US-MA) || Westborough || Supply Chain