Sea-Bird Scientific - Commodity Manager (Remote)

Danaher Billings , MT 59101

Posted 2 months ago

Company Description:

A wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), Sea-Bird Scientific ( is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Sea-Bird is the world's largest developer and manufacturer of products for the measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, nutrients and related oceanographic parameters in marine waters. We offer products with unparalleled precision and accuracy to support best-in-class oceanography and climate science. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Sea-Bird gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging stretch opportunities.

Job Summary:

This is a fully remote position and can be located anywhere in the US near a major airport. Several locations have been listed for marketing purposes but only one position is available.

The Commodity Manager drives strategic supply chain initiatives related to Sea-Bird's products and services requirements. Coordinate the purchase of commodities, update our inventory strategy, and liaise with suppliers to ensure the stability of our supply chain in line with both Sea-Bird and Danaher strategy. Have significant interaction with R&D, Production, Engineering, Sales, Product Management, and other Danaher sites.

Lead key supplier relationships, construct, and negotiate critical supply contracts, including assembling, and analyzing market data, evaluating supply alternatives and crafting negotiating strategies. Participate in design reviews with R&D and suppliers on manufacturability & raw material selection in order to achieve most optimal component / service cost. This individual will support, supervise, evaluate, projects specific to all Sea-Bird sites whilst ensuring policies and procedures regarding compliance, commitments, early involvement, supplier selection, supplier evaluation, and supplier development are understood and implemented.

As Operations within Sea-Bird evolves into a world class organization, Supply Chain has one of the strongest opportunities to forge the company's future from the ground up re-imagining how we operate and developing creative ways to successfully mitigate risk and improve profitability. The possibilities are endless, and we have full flexibility and support to innovate as required to succeed. For the same reasons, this position has high visibility across all levels of the organization.

If you are a naturally curious and creative thinker who wants to build and develop tools and processes...this is the role for you!

Role and Duties:

  • Deliver on both favorable Net Material and Indirect Purchase Price Variance (PPV) by working with current supply base and sourcing new partners, while ensuring the highest quality of products/services.

  • Drive the reduction of sole source risk within the supply chain to elevate on-time delivery and pursue the consolidation of supply base where prudent to maximize cost savings opportunities.

  • Lead annual supplier business reviews with strategic suppliers. Represent the Sea-Bird cross functional team in the review and provide feedback to improve supplier relations in the areas of on-time delivery, cost, inventory reduction, and favorable payment terms.

  • Take initiative on early sourcing involvement supporting new product development teams with effective category strategies.

  • Monitor supply chain risk by leading risk assessments and taking effective countermeasures to reduce overall risk in the supply chain.

  • Work closely with vendors and hold them accountable for providing favorable payment terms to Sea-Bird.

  • Mentor other members of the supply chain team to think and align strategically on supply chain objectives.

  • Resolve vendor disputes and any commodity-related issues.

  • Update inventory strategies where needed to support production and lead stock quantities.

Education, Background and Skill Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in related field

  • 6+ years of relevant experience in procurement and supply chain.

  • 5+ years of supplier management experience in a manufacturing environment - electronics and machined component experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of supplier processes and supply chain risk factors including experience in assessing and mitigating risk in the supply base.

  • Experience with supplier metrics & measurement methodologies and supporting systems.


When you join us, you'll also be joining Danaher's global organization, where 80,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you'll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Given the essential job duties of this position, the employee is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation and applicable law.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.

The EEO posters are available here.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request accommodation.

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