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Manager, OR1 Purchasing

at Karl Storz

Posted: 10/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 10302

Job Description

Stafford, TX

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Employment Duration:
Employee Full Time

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KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG based in Tuttlingen, Germany, is a family-owned, global company committed to benefiting humanity by advancing medical technology through innovation and education.

For more than 70 years, KARL STORZ has been dedicated to earning its international reputation as a leader that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship, and clinical effectiveness.

I.  Job Purpose and Core Tasks

Purchasing Team Management:

  • Ensure availability of all production materials and production related resources.

  • Evaluates inventory levels to ensure receiving the right product at the right time, at market-based competitive price points.

  • Maintains strategic supplier relationships to ensure global procurement alignment

  • Key member of the team monitoring demands that drive the procurement needs and Master Production Schedule.

  • Attends monthly Forecast Meeting and overseeing requests for forecast changes.

  • Evaluates MRP requirements for purchased parts and executes

  • Responsible for supporting procurement forecasting by internal production through effective and frequent communication

  • General supervision of the Purchasing department including the Operational and Project Buyer/Planner functions.

  • Responsible for all documentation of ~ and adherence to procedures related to the Purchasing department

  • Train and develop Purchasing staff in order to successfully implement departmental and company goals

  • Monitors progress toward departmental and company goals, reporting these to management on a regular basis.

  • Analyzes and interprets market conditions to determine present and future material availability.

  • Responsible for all purchasing metrics, KPIs and reporting on recurring basis

       Supplier Management Support:

  • Portfolio management:

    • Analysis of supply sources vs demand requests, gap analysis and execute accordingly

    • Creation of material group strategy in coordination with Lead Buyer per Global Procurement

  • Identification and Sourcing:

    • Qualification and scoring of potential suppliers according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

    • Lead negotiation of contracts through execution

    • Qualified supplier proposal comparison including make-or-buy analysis

    • Market research and continuous monitoring

    • Convention ~ and Exhibition attendance, Supplier facility visits

  • Supplier Qualification in collaboration Supplier Quality Engineer to introduce products into production

    • Support and attendance of supplier facility audits

    • Supplier Self-Assessment, Vendor Registration

    • Verification of supplier evaluation

    • Ensure regular Supplier communication

    • Communicate feedback of delivery performance

  • Development (R&D):

    • Support and guidance for all project Purchasing related activities, in order to ensure best vendor selection, using PCS-MoB sheet and in alignment with material group strategy

    • Develop and implement supply chain process and delivery condition optimization (MOQ, lot size, etc.) in close coordination with warehouse, production and distribution center

  • Mid ~ and Long-term Planning:

    • Planning, coordination and execution of annual vendor meetings / negotiations for cost, availability and service optimization, based of available forecast

       Contracts Management:

  • Negotiation and completion of purchasing contracts including (but not limited to):

    • NDA (non-disclosure agreement)

    • QAA (quality assurance agreement)

    • Delivery framework agreement (Open purchase orders)

    • Research & Development agreement

    • Master contracts/volume purchasing agreements

    • Kanban agreements

  • Negotiation and agreement of purchasing-relevant conditions including (but not limited to):

    • Delivery terms

    • Payment terms

    • Bonus terms


       Change Management (ECM) processing with support from SQE:

  • Key member of Change Control Board (CCB)

  • Provides input / effective date for all material changes to ensure smooth flow of changes to Production / Field.

  • Coordinates with all impacted departments on any customer order changes as needed.

       Special Projects Team Member:

  • Support special projects as needed

Responsibility for communication and facilitation of completion of all Master Data needs (creation, changes, EOL, obsolescence) and follow through:

  • Vendor Master

  • Material Master

  • Purchasing Information Record

II. Minimum Knowledge, Education and Skill Requirements



Minimum years of relevant work experience: 5 -7 in comparable job with Management responsibilities

Minimum education, certifications and/or credentials: Industrial Engineer, Electromechanical Engineer, or Commercial bachelor with correspondent technical skills

Minimum hard skill requirements (including computer and application proficiency): Normal Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.), negotiation and analysis skills,

Minimum soft skill requirements: Organizational talent, team player, leading people experience


Preferred hard skill requirements: SAP


Employee Benefits Program Overview for U.S. Locations

  • Medical / Dental / Vision including a state of the art wellness program and pet insurance, too!*
  • 3 weeks’ vacation, 10 holidays plus paid sick time*
  • 401K retirement savings plan providing a match of 60% of the employee’s first 6% contribution
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life, STD, LTD & LTC Insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year
  • Fitness reimbursement up to $200 annually
  • Employee referral program of up to $2,000 per hire
  • And much more!

*Field sales, internships and part-time employees are not eligible except for where required by state law.
Non-employees, including temporary workers and consultants, are not eligible to participate in KARL STORZ benefits program.

KARL STORZ reserves the right to change or modify the employee’s job description whether orally or in writing, at any time during the employment relationship. Additionally, KARL STORZ, through its supervisors, may require an employee to perform duties outside their normal description within the sole discretion of the supervisor. Employee must comply will all applicable KARL STORZ policies and procedures.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. KARL STORZ is an Equal Opportunity Employer supporting EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability.

Reasonable Accommodation

If, at any point in the application process (including hiring), a candidate would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious need, please email us at Taleo_Administrator@karlstorz.com and we'll be happy to engage in an interactive process with you.

Notice to Employment Agencies

This recruitment assignment is being managed directly by KARL STORZ’s Human Resources team. Human Resources will reach out to our preferred, contracted agency partners in the rare instance additional talent options are required. Your respect for this process is appreciated. KARL STORZ does not accept unsolicited Agency resumes. Resumes received which were unsolicited by KARL STORZ Human Resources department will be ineligible for referral fees.