Strategic Buyer

Date: Jun 1, 2021

Location: Maple Grove, MN, US

Company: Teleflex

Expected Travel: Up to 25%

Requisition ID: 4028


About Teleflex Incorporated

Teleflex is a global provider of clinically effective medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. We apply purpose driven innovation – a relentless pursuit of identifying unmet clinical needs – to benefit patients and healthcare providers. Our portfolio is diverse, with solutions in the fields of vascular and interventional access, interventional cardiology, surgical, anesthesia, cardiac care, interventional urology, urology, emergency medicine and respiratory care. Teleflex employees worldwide are united in the understanding that what we do every day makes a difference. For more information, please visit


Global Operations - Global Operations is a complex and diverse organization within the company which is responsible for product fulfilment to all our customers from end to end. We pride ourselves on being totally Customer Centric in our unrelenting focus on Improving Quality, Service and Value as perceived by our customers. Our employees are dedicated to the Global Operations Enterprise Excellence journey. Join a dynamic, growing team that offers healthcare providers an array of medical technology solutions that make a difference in patients’ lives.

Position Summary

Primary responsibility of managing & developing supply base to ensure best cost and robust supply. Assesses risks with components and suppliers and develops plans to mitigate as necessary.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Maintain relationships and negotiate with suppliers for cost downs
  • Negotiate Supply Agreements as necessary
  • Find and secure cost savings opportunities
  • Collaborate with other managers to determine supply/supplier needs

Principal Working Relationships

The key relationships include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Global Commodity Team: Maintains a solid understanding of global supply chain initiatives and leverages the team to continue to build strategic partnerships with suppliers to benefit Teleflex Globally.
  • Suppliers: Primary contact for all supplier communications with respect to total cost, delivery, quality, specifications, and contract obligations. 
  • Supplier Quality, Sustaining Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, PMO and Planning: Regularly interface with thse functions to ensure identified projects have needed support.

Education / Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline or equivalent combination of related education and experience required. APICS or CPM coursework a plus.
  • 5+ years of experience with direct and/or indirect purchasing.

Specialized Skills / Other Requirements

•    Ability to utilize MRP, understanding of FDA regulations related to purchasing for medical devices. 
•    Ability to assess supplier risks.
•    Ability to start and negotiate supplier agreements.
•    Ability to develop and lead negotiations create short and long term strategies, and manage complex sourcing relationships.
•    Project management skills.
•    Strong problem solving and decision making skills
•    Successful team player
•    Ability to influence for results in a cross-functional organization
•    Ability to provide change leadership and accelerate change
•    Strong communication skills
•    Strong cross-functional team facilitation skills
•    Ability to perform in fast-paced environment
•    Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook required.
•    Business ERP experience such as SAP, QAD or similar required.

Teleflex, Inc. is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. D/V/M/F. Applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status. If you require accommodation to apply for a position, please contact us at: 262-439-1894.

Teleflex is the home of Arrow®, Deknatel®, Hudson RCI®, LMA®, Pilling®, Rüsch®, UroLift® and Weck® – trusted brands united by a common sense of purpose. Teleflex, the Teleflex logo, Arrow, Deknatel, Hudson RCI, LMA, Pilling, Rüsch, UroLift and Weck are trademarks or registered trademarks of Teleflex Incorporated or its affiliates, in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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