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Philips Director, Supplier Relationship Management in Nashville, Tennessee

_Effective Tuesday, January 4, 2022, all U.S.-based employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID as a condition of employment at Philips

  • .  Employees may request a reasonable accommodation._ *Montana employees are currently excluded from this requirement at this time.

In this role, you have the opportunity to make life better

Looking at the challenges the world is facing today Philips’ purpose has never been more relevant. So, whatever your role, if you share our passion for helping others, you’ll be working towards creating a better and fairer future for all.

As our Director of Supplier Relationship Management, you will have the opportunity to build long term strategic relationships with Philips’ most critical supplier partners on a regional and/or global level. Acting as the relationship manager and the primary commercial point of contact, you are ultimately responsible for fostering a sustainable partnership, the supplier’s overall performance, and delivery of year over year productivity. You will ensure successful execution of our supplier and category strategies while balancing internal stakeholder requirements. You are a leader with a demonstrated track record of success in a highly matrixed and cross-functional organization, with a high level of independence and empowerment to deliver against strategic goals.

You are responsible for

  • Managing of the most strategic supplier partners

  • Ensuring our partners delivery on quality, productivity, innovation, and sustainability

  • Partnering closely with Integrated Warehouse Distribution organization and cross functional internal stakeholders throughout all phases of the supplier lifecycle.

  • Provide business and market insight for negotiation and execution of contractual documents

  • Acts as contract monitor for existing agreements.

  • Manage execution of savings/optimization/improvement programs in alignment and our integrated warehouse and distribution (operations) teams

  • Proactively identifies relationship issues and opportunities for supplier or internal remediation

  • Identifies key stakeholders in relationship and communicates enterprise level strategy, objectives, and vision of partnership

  • Actively strategize and collaborate with cross functional team leaders to align on best practices and areas of improvement in supplier management that align with overall Spend Management strategy

  • Provides direct input to the development of contract/deal structure for long-term value realization

  • Oversees the creation/review of SLAs/KPIs for managed suppliers

  • Directly involved with renewals for managed suppliers, including the addition of any necessary contractual elements

  • Leads Internal Business Reviews for the supplier across business units (includes all relevant stakeholders) to assess supplier performance and identify gaps/ drive efficiencies

  • Leads meetings with the supplier to review performance areas identified in performance assessments and Quarterly Business Reviews (QBRs)

  • Frequently advises others on complex supplier related matters and recommends changes to address issues and opportunities for improvement

  • Creates and aligns sourcing plan together with integrated warehouse and distribution (operations) to optimize Supply Base and to implement Supplier enabled innovation

  • Ensures operational impact through fully compliant Supplier selection, contracting and risk management for all Category related Suppliers

  • Accountable for ensuring that Philips receives the maximum value contracted

  • Managing critical Supplier RFx and Supplier recoveries (escalation management)

You are part of

The Spend Management organization within the Integrated Supply Chain (ISC). Spend Management covers the procurement activities of all indirect (non-product related) materials and services within Philips covering such areas as logistics, industrial, real estate, marketing, IT, facility management, and travel.

As we spend approximately €5 billion annually on indirect services and products, this organization plays a key role to achieve Philips’ critical metrics. The Spend Management organization’s mission is to ensure that Philips gets the most value out of every dollar spent and ensure that we leverage the best external partners to complement our internal capabilities as a competitive advantage. You have an opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and multi-functional team, seeking to create a significant impact on our company.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need a customer-first attitude and the following

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, MBA preferred

  • 10 + years experience or 8 + with MBA

  • Experience in related functional areas such as Supply Chain or Operations is a plus

  • Independent problem solver with strong networking & influencing skills (internal and external)

  • Proven track record in achieving outstanding negotiation results by applying creativity and innovation in your negotiation approach

  • Ability to establish strong relationships internally and externally and achieve success through collaboration

  • Demonstrated capability in supplier relationship managing with sophisticated global suppliers on senior management and executive level

  • Certifications in ISM: CPM, CPSM or CPSD ; or APICS: CLTD or CPIM preferred

  • Ability to travel up to 15%

  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office Products to include, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Advanced data analytics / modeling skills (Power BI, DBA, Qlikview, queries, Excel, complex pivot tables) preferred

In return, we offer you

A dynamic work environment and culture that strives for excellence in all parts of our lives. Philips supports your continued education, growth and believes in supporting our team so they can support our global initiatives!

US work authorization is a precondition of employment. The company will not consider candidates who require sponsorship for a work-authorized visa.

How we work at Philips

Our newly adopted hybrid work concept fuses flexibility with collaboration to deliver great outcomes for our people and our customers. We are embracing an approach wherein we spend more time together than apart – which for full-time employees translates to an average of at least 3 days working from the office and up to 2 days from home – for our hybrid roles.​ Hybrid work flexibility means people can meet the changing demands of work and home in the most balanced, productive, and healthy way. Our hybrid working model is defined in 3 ways:​ We believe in the importance of impactful collaboration: There's a certain energy when everyone’s in the same room that can heighten idea generation and creative friction needed for problem-solving. We embrace flexibility: Choosing where, when, and how to work can vary according to task and team schedules. Flexibility isn’t office or online, it means choosing the space that works best for you, your teams, and our customers on a case-by-case basis. ​ We want to be at our best: The way we work, and our workspaces are designed to support our well-being, offer career advancement opportunities, and enable us to be at our best. ​

Why should you join Philips?

Philips is a global leader in health technology, committed to improving billions of lives worldwide and striving to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Driven by the vision of a better tomorrow.

But it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. We are 80,000, wonderfully unique individuals, with two things in common: An unwavering sense of purpose and a relentless determination to deliver on our customers’ needs. It’s what inspires us to create meaningful solutions – the kind that make a real difference – when it matters most.

The world and our customers’ needs are changing faster than ever before and while we are proud of what we do already, we know we can do more. That’s why we need you, to help us tackle increasingly complex challenges posed by ever evolving health and well-being needs.

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on innovative, customer-first health technology solutions. Help us improve the health and well-being of billions of people, every year. Ultimately creating a career that no one could have planned for. Even you.

Visit our careers website to explore what it’s like working at Philips, read stories from our employee blog, find information about our recruitment process and answers to some frequently asked questions.


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As an equal opportunity employer, Philips is committed to a diverse workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 888-367-7223, option 5, for assistance.

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