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Edwards Lifesciences Planning-Logistic-Procurement Director in Cartago, Costa Rica

Manage supply chain team and the procurement of raw materials, sourcing of non-inventory and capital goods and services, the execution of the production plan according to volume and mix requirements, warehousing of raw materials and finished goods, and the shipment and distribution of Finished Goods.

Key Responsibilities:

• Plan and direct strategic activities (e.g., site procurement) including prioritizing and selecting appropriate projects with overall responsibility for meeting business objectives. Lead in identifying risk, developing complex mitigation strategies, defining best practices and alternative solutions, and resolving issues in collaboration with cross-functional and/or matrixed teams

• Direct team members and activities with overall responsibility of purchasing, supplier relationships, planning, warehousing and control of materials through the end to end value stream while ensuring employees' safety including representing the plant in the S&OP process

• Develop a robust talent development and succession planning in alignment with functional growth strategies

• Partner with GSC and Plant Planning, Sourcing, and Logistics and Supplier Quality organizations for direct and indirect procurement needs, supplier management expectations, and drive standardized processes and systems

• Responsible for driving performance improvements in the key indicators for supply chain optimization, including customer service, MRP effectiveness, schedule adherence, reduced obsolescence and reduced inventory, while and meeting cost targets

• Collaborate with network leadership to develop operational strategy. Partner with cross-functional groups/resources to achieve tactical execution of business objectives

• Set and lead the implementation of strategic processes that align with key business strategies

• Ensure processes exist to execute the strategic plan for the plant and GSC organization while meeting customer needs (e.g., achieving customer fill rates, supporting new product launches, maintaining line uptime, supporting make/buy decisions)

• Develop and lead the implementation of strategies to ensure business continuity (e.g., second sourcing). Identify, escalate, and develop plans to mitigate/eliminate risks, direct and communicate plant-wide value stream strategies which include collaborating with internal parties

• Drive a value stream mindset and culture of continuous improvement based on lean and Six Sigma principles and EW Production System (EPS)

• Represent the plant in the S&OP process

• Other incidental duties

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in in related field related experience in planning, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, and/or materials management required and skill levels exceeding the requirements of the previous level Required and

Demonstrated track record in people management Required

Experience working in a regulated industry Preferred

Additional Skills:

• Proven successful project management leadership skills

• Proficient in both Microsoft Office Suite and related systems including JDE, Advanced Planning Systems working with Demand Flow methodology

• Proven expertise in warehouse and distribution technologies (e.g., RFID, WMS, Bar Coding)

• Excellent problem-solving, organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills including high discretion/judgment in decision making

• Excellent documentation and communication skills and interpersonal relationship skills including negotiating and relationship management skills with ability to drive achievement of objectives

• Expert understanding of planning, purchasing, and logistics procedures while looking beyond existing methodologies and own discipline to define and resolve complex problems

• Expert understanding of related aspects of planning, purchasing, and logistics processes and/or systems

• Expert knowledge of financial mechanism that relates to planning, purchasing, and logistics

• Expert understanding of planning concepts and requirements (e.g., CRP (Capacity Requirement Planning), MRP (Material Requirements Plan), Production Scheduling and Sequencing

• Expert understanding of Sales, Inventory and Operating Planning (SIOP or S&OP)

• Expert understanding of ROHAS and other raw material regulations

• Demonstrated ability to direct teams and provide coaching and feedback, including responsibility for all employee actions including hire/fire authority and partnering with HR on all aspects of employee relations

• Ability to develop and integrate metrics into the projects and operations that clearly demonstrate the value of planning, purchasing, and logistics to the business

• Serve as core partner to senior leaders in Business Units, Functional Groups, Regions and IT

• Strict attention to detail

• Ability to interact professionally with all organizational levels and proactively escalate issues to appropriate levels of management in the organization

• Ability to work and excel within a fast paced, dynamic, and constantly changing work environment

• Interacts with senior management, and others concerning matters of significance to the company

• Conduct business and technical briefings for senior and top management and for external representatives

• Regularly interacts with executives and/or major customers; interactions frequently involve special skills, such as negotiating with customers or management or attempting to influence senior level leaders regarding matters of significance to the organization

• Dedicated to quality client service and pro-active and responsive to client needs.

• Develop peer, cross functional and cross business relationships to maximize best practice sharing and team effectiveness.

• Provide leadership and direction to large cross-functional teams to successfully implement global enterprise systems and related solutions

• Develop relationships and leverage them to influence change

• Support and solicit input from team members at all levels within the organization

• Adhere to all EHS rules and requirements and take adequate control measures in preventing injuries to themselves and others as well as to the protection of environment and prevention of pollution under their span of influence/control

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 13,000 individuals worldwide.

For us, helping patients is not a slogan - it's our life's work. From developing devices that replace or repair a diseased heart valve to creating new technologies that monitor vital signs in the critical care setting, we focus on helping patients regain and improve the quality of their life.

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