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Date: Nov 25, 2020

Location: Arden Hills, MN, US, 55112

Company: Boston Scientific

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Purpose and Passion • Comprehensive Benefits • Life-Work Integration • Community • Career Growth

At Boston Scientific, you will find a collaborative culture driven by a passion for innovation that keeps us connected on the most essential level. With determination, imagination and a deep caring for human life, we’re solving some of the most important healthcare industry challenges. Together, we’re one global team committed to making a difference in people’s lives around the world. This is a place where you can find a career with meaningful purpose—improving lives through your life’s work.


About This Role:


Join the Materials Management team at Boston Scientific in Arden Hills, MN as a Senior Buyer/Planner in our Purchasing department! Boston Scientific is a medical device manufacturer delivering millions of medical solutions annually across the globe. Arden Hills produces both sterilized finished goods and sub-assemblies assisting the plant network, providing many unique challenges for Materials Management. You will have the opportunity to be part of a fast-pasted, rapidly growing global team. Materials Management includes production planning, direct purchasing, and material handling, which all interact frequently with production. Be a part of a hard-working and fun team, while tackling disputing responsibilities.


This role is responsible for assisting new product or acquisition integration teams by creating and monitoring build plans, attaining raw materials, OEM parts, tooling and services in enough quantities to enable project team to achieve objectives for new product commercialization & integration.


Your Responsibilities Include:

  • Materials Administration: Generates, adjusts and expedites purchase orders based on MRP (material requirements planning) along with pertinent information being used to run the business, i.e. schedule adherence, S&OP, etc.
    • Generates buy action based on authorized spending amount; Collaborates with the Planning Team to maintain optimal inventory levels and find the proper priorities for material support; Tracks and monitors purchase orders, keeping informed of any problems/delays and advertises any impacts/constraints to the core team.
  • Supplier Management: Monitors and advertises quality and delivery performance to the supplier and Global Sourcing Team; Responsible to resolve supplier related problems (works closely with vendors to assure a positive and professional relationship always establishing and maintaining open lines of communication); Controls assets at suppliers, disposing of obsolete assets and monitoring the age of others.
  • Total Quality: Reviews and approves all raw material document change orders; Maintains accurate purchasing master data, AVL, info record, etc.; Interfaces with Engineering, Manufacturing, Planning and Quality to ensure timely throughput and proper prioritization of materials received.
  • Inventory Management: Typically manages moderate to high complexity commodities and expense items; Formulates purchasing decisions to achieve 100% internal customer service, targeted inventory safety stock and least total cost material procurement; Identifies expired, excess and obsolete materials and dispositions the material appropriately.
  • Planning Management: Analyze and inform supply chain performance and diagnose key improvement areas (e.g., forecast accuracy, supply variability, Inventory DIOH, service level, backorder, EE&O etc.). Support the monthly Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SI&OP) processes to ensure uniform adoption across the divisional supply chain planning groups. Support process adherence and master data accuracy for demand planning, replenishment and inventory planning and optimization within the scope of SI&OP leveraging the Kinaxis – Rapid Response solution, a recognized leader in supply chain planning software.


What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree required: preferably in Business, Supply Chain, Industrial Engineering, or related field 
  • Minimum of 6 plus years of experience in purchasing, supply chain, inventory management or planning, preferably in a manufacturing environment 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to inform at all levels of the organization as well as with external vendors 
  • Experience working in Excel and SAP/Rapid Response (or comparable ERP) system


About us

As a global medical technology leader for more than 35 years, our mission at Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) is to transform lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients. If you’re looking to truly make a difference to people both around the world and around the corner, there’s no better place to make it happen.


Boston Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Disability, Veteran


Requisition ID: 468660


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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