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Associate Director, US Supply Chain

Date:  Jun 11, 2021

Danvers, MA, US, 01923

Abiomed is a pioneer and global leader in healthcare technology and innovation, with a mission of Recovering Hearts & Saving Lives. With corporate headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts, offices in Aachen & Berlin, Germany and Tokyo, Japan, Abiomed’s 1,700 employees form one of the fastest growing medical device companies in the world. We attract and retain exceptional talent with our collaborative culture, passion for our work, and a strong commitment to employee professional development.


Patients First | Innovation | Winning Culture | Heart Recovery


Job Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of US Supply Chain & Logistics, will manage and lead the vendor management function for Abiomed’s US operations, including planning, procurement, supplier engineering sustaining and new product introduction activities as well as product configuration and logistics engineering functions.


Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage US supplier engineering and planning and procurement teams
  • Manage logistics engineering team
  • Collaborate with NPI and Platform development teams to assure successful new product launch with suppliers as well as internal logistics, component and product documentation, inspection plans, work instructions, etc.
  • Proactively build relationships with vendors that ensure stability in Abiomed’s vendor network and establish strategic relationships with key suppliers who are aligned with the company's business goals
  • Negotiate all vendor material agreements, Kanban contracts, and delivery schedules to ensure adequate supply of material for global manufacturing while minimizing over purchasing
  • Reduce overall supply risk though contingency planning and understanding of supplier capabilities, disaster preparedness, and financial health using appropriate tools (second sourcing, vendor scale-up, yield improvement/ quality at the source programs, inventory safety stocking levels)
  • Negotiate complex agreements including supply agreements, manufacturing services and development services agreements with suppliers.
  • Coordinate with your European Supply Chain team to ensure consistency of methods in the areas of Supplier Engineering and Planning and Procurement


Job Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering, Operations/Supply chain management or related field, MBA/MS preferred
  • 10+ years progressive background in vendor management
  • 10+ years of progressive hands-on operations leadership experience or technical management experience including directing engineering, manufacturing and/or supply chain. 
  • Experience successfully collaborating with teams overseas a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills & the leadership ability to lead teams and drive change
  • Experience with SAP preferred, or another ERP, device management and procurement systems
  • Continuous improvement/lean/six sigma experience
  • Experience as a strong tactical and strategic leader, with direct experience managing others
  • Willingness to travel, particularly to visit suppliers



Abiomed is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Abiomed will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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