Danaher Jobs

Job Information

Danaher Corporation Director, Procurement - Biochemistries in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to those identified below, other duties may be assigned.

  • Ownership of Commodity Strategy Plan Process for Specific Categories Assigned

  • Ability to develop, strategic & financial plans related to assigned commodity

  • Develop and implement “best-in-class” supply chain processes and procedures.

  • Dotted line responsibility for coordination of activities of other categories and procurement professionals.

  • Provide coaching, mentoring and support to Commodity team members.

  • Champion Commodity Core Team Initiatives Throughout Danaher.

  • Drive Implementation of Danaher ‘Preferred’ Suppliers Across the Enterprise

  • Actively Participate in Preparation and Executing Corporate-Wide Sourcing Events

  • Manage Supplier Performance for Focused Categories


  • Year-Over-Year Improvement of Direct/Indirect Total Cost for Assigned Categories

  • Preferred Supplier Improvements of Direct/Indirect Categories for Assigned Categories

  • Overall Continuous & Sustained Improvements of Supply Base for Assigned Categories

  • Action Plan Achievements from Commodity Strategy Plans for Assigned Categories

  • Management of Danaher Core Team Established for Assigned Categories

Important Competencies

  • Negotiation skills and techniques leveraging collaboration to drive win-win solutions to optimize cost and performance

  • Ability to influence others - must be able to inform, influence, and collaborate with others to action on key initiatives of the Biochemical Commodity at all levels in the organization (up and down)

  • Developing organizational talent - must be able to develop Biochemistries commodity team members Project Management

  • Technical excellence - must possess the technical knowledge and skills necessary to be create followership and collaboration with internal stakeholders and external partners

  • Strong Results orientation - must deliver sustainable results aligned with functional priorities

  • Independent, self-starter – able to set agenda and drive progress with little direction

  • Need to be positive and high energy and able to handle difficult situations

  • Ability & willingness to work in a matrixed organization with direct & indirect reporting relationships

  • Must be able to effectively communicate in both written and verbal forms


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential accountability satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Chemistry, Biomedical or related areas. MBA (or advanced degree) preferred.

Preferred Experience:

  • 10-15 years' overall business experience with the most recent 5 years of that in sourcing activities, sales, operations, or procurement roles associated with Biochemistries. Biochemistries knowledge is required

  • Experience & demonstrated abilities to enable cost improvements via expert negotiation skills, collaboration, process improvements & project management with focus on Biochemistries is required

  • Experience in managing & driving performance excellence with Sole and/or Single Sourced partners

  • Ability to manage the sourcing of Biochemistries related to regulatory and customer requirements

  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing practices will enhance the candidate’s ability to communicate with DHR business associates

  • Ability to work well in a multicultural, cross-functional and matrixed environment

  • Experience in structuring contracts and managing business relationships

  • Demonstration of continuing education in sourcing and supply chain

Scope and Impact of Position Responsibilities

  • This position is critical to the success of Danaher Corporation with respect to achievement of sustained margin expansion, supplier risk management, compliance requirements, supplier quality and operating profit in support of ‘Funding The Growth and Innovation’ for Danaher.

Key Internal Relationships

  • Reports to the Senior Director, Global Sourcing & Commodity Management

  • Supports Procurement Leaders at Operating Companies

  • Interacts with Danaher Supply Chain Leaders & Danaher Opco Commodity Leaders

  • Interacts with Danaher Corporate Executive Leadership Team

Language Skills

English fluency required. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information, influence, persuade, and respond to questions from groups of executives, managers, peers, and suppliers. Additional language skills are beneficial.


Frequent travel of up to 40% is required and may be exceed these levels at times. Travel regions may include but are not limited to Europe, the US, and countries in Asia or South America.

Preferred Locations

Prefer US locations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis; location negotiable.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .