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Commodity Manager - Manufacturing components

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Commodity Manager – Oxfordshire

Do you want to contribute to the future of healthcare?

Come and join our UK based procurement team as a Commodity Manager.  This is a great time to be joining us, as our products continue to support access to medical imaging for everyone around the world. You will be responsible for a broad portfolio of globally, sourced components, developing and implementing the long-term sourcing strategies

This is a role well suited to either a Commodity Manager / Senior Buyer with experience in defining supply chain strategies or a Buyer  with the passion and enthusiasm to take the next step in your career.

Within the team, you will use your expertise to drive the strategic sourcing direction to ensure that the supply chain is robust and capable of delivering components both competitively and consistently. The position is currently responsible for a purchasing volume of ~£15’m currently spread across 8 suppliers located across the world.

Day to day you will be part of our highly diverse team where best practise sharing and support is the norm. Our working location and working times are flexible depending on where a team member can be most effective. The working location follows the activity and with the use of our digital tools we maximise our contact with our colleagues and suppliers, however essential travel is still expected as part of the role.

The breadth of commodities related to the role offer you the chance to gain a broad understanding of key components related to the superconducting magnet of an MRI system, such as composite structures, fabricated assemblies and electrical cable assemblies. Innovation is key to our success and therefore our supply chain needs to be agile and continuously developing its capabilities to support these requirements. With support from our Procurement Engineering team, new suppliers can be evaluated and introduced as part of the future global sourcing strategies that you will drive. The role will require close collaboration with all the cross-functions co-located within our UK facility (e.g. R&D, SCM, Quality) and also with our German and Chinese procurement colleagues, therefore strong communication and collaboration are key skills to be successful in the role.

An example of a current commodity strategy that was developed included long term contracts with multiple, global suppliers based on the pooled volumes of both our UK and Chinese manufacturing sites, giving the supply chain flexibility to balance risk, cost and manufacturing location.

Benefits of this role:

You’ll work on projects that have an impact on healthcare worldwide and will have your own space to innovate and be creative, with people who are passionate and motivated. Throughout your career with us, you’ll have every chance to develop personally and professionally in a role offering real depth and breadth of experience, professionally and as a leader within a global Healthcare business. 

 We’re an international organisation that works for people to live longer, more fulfilled and happier lives. We’re the global leader in our field.  Our superconducting magnets are at the heart of MRI systems globally. As part of the worldwide Siemens Healthineers network, we’re united by our pioneering hearts and engineering minds. Join our 170-year legacy and help shape the future of healthcare.

We offer a subsidized restaurant, a free on-site gym, excellent pension contributions, option to additional holidays, private healthcare cover and other flexible benefits. In our rural setting four miles from Oxford, there’s ample parking and a bus stop on our doorstep.

Your cultural fit:

Our unique team spirit arises from embracing different perspectives, open debate, and the will to challenge convention. Change is a constant aspect of our work. We aspire to lead the change in our industry rather than just react to it. That’s why we want you to seek, implement and celebrate your best ideas. We value equality, diversity, and maintain a supportive work culture in which you’re empowered to drive your own career and work your own way. We are what we are because of our people.

About us

We’re an international organisation that strives for people to live longer, more fulfilled and happier lives. We’re the global leader in our field. As part of the worldwide Siemens Healthineers network, we’re united by our pioneering hearts and engineering minds. Join our 170-year legacy and help shape the future of healthcare. 


Your mission and responsibilities will include

Management of commodities

Manage globally sourced commodities across Business units (for specific material fields) and fostering of cross functional alignment within the area of responsibility to ensure a best in class supply chain.

Commodity structure and organisation

The portfolio of globally sourced components includes composite structures and fabricated assemblies and electrical cable assemblies from multiple suppliers, giving the scope to define, adapt and implement the supply chain strategy, structure and organisation in alignment with your respective global team.

Purchasing volume (PVO) transparency

Control and report the global PVO transparency through compliant reporting of the responsible commodities to all identified stakeholders. Understand the drivers of this PVO with the aim to maximise productivity of the purchased components.

(Sub) commodity Strategies and pooling strategies

Define adapt and implement (sub) commodity strategies and pooling strategies based on demand, market and supplier analyses within the areas of responsibility. Document the strategy in line with the business requirements and communicate to all stakeholders at all relevant levels of the business (inc. higher level pooling functions e.g. Purchasing Councils, (PuC). The strategies will cover the long term, cost efficient sourcing from a risk-managed and globally appropriate supply chain.

Negotiations/Contract management

Define and implement negotiation concepts and strategies to maximise savings. Negotiate, develop and maintain frame purchasing contracts for all related suppliers to ensure a reliable and robust supply chain of product.

Commodity Team

Co-ordinate and collaborate with a global multi-disciplinary team to achieve optimum conditions and savings through planned activities to increase business profit. Siemens Healthineers is passionate about innovation and through engagement both with the internal R&D and SCM team to understand future commodity development requirements and working together with Procurement Engineering you will derive and implement as supply chain capable to meet the business needs.

Knowledge management

Participate in work groups and work in projects in order to stay informed and keep and others informed and exert influence at an early stage. Partner with cross functions on site (R&D, SCM and Q), within Procurement and the wider Business Area Diagnostics/Healthineers.

Risk and opportunity management

Proactively identify and mitigate all relevant procurement risks. Identify and exploit opportunities within a risk managed framework.

Supplier Management

Perform all aspects of supplier management from supplier identification, selection and approval within the required framework to develop a robust supplier portfolio to deliver the respective commodity. Manage ongoing strategic supplier performance and risk evaluations and development to ensure a robust supply chain is maintained.

Continuous Improvement

Support internal Procurement transformational programmes, embracing digitalisation as an enabler to improved working.

What we are looking for:

Your qualifications and experience:

•       Degree in a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience (e.g. CIPS qualification).

•       Industry experience within a related component manufacturing business


•       Development of mutually beneficial supplier relationships

•       Evidence of developing and executing procurement strategies to benefit business performance.

•       Supplier contract management and price negotiations


Your personality and skills:

•              Ability to analyse commodity drivers through strong analytical skills

•              Experience of complex problem resolution

•              Excellent written and oral communication skills

•              Strong negotiation skills

•              Global mindset & excellent networking skills

•             Self-determined and goal oriented, strategic, proactive and team player with the drive to implement changes

•              Digital competence and ability to embrace use of e-Procurement tools

•             Ability to travel 10 - 15% of working time.



Organization: Siemens Healthineers

Company: Siemens Healthcare Limited

Experience Level: not defined

Job Type: Full-time

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