Cantel Medical

Technical Sourcing Specialist

Location US-MN-Plymouth
Job ID
# Positions
Purchasing / Materials
Cantel Plymouth

Company Overview

Cantel Medical is a leading global company dedicated to delivering innovative infection prevention products and services for patients, caregivers, and other healthcare providers which improve outcomes, enhance safety and help save lives. Our products include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for endoscopy and renal dialysis, advanced water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, sterility assurance monitoring products for hospitals and dental clinics, disposable infection control products primarily for dental and GI endoscopy markets, dialysate concentrates, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation products. Additionally, we provide technical service for our products.  

Job Overview

The Technical Sourcing Specialist is the primary integration point linking Supply Chain / Sourcing with New Product Development (NPD) project teams. The Technical Sourcing Specialist will engage with consistent processes to reduce the overall component cost and risk throughout PDP phases and provide cross-commodity sourcing leadership for New Product Development teams from early stage Design through to Product Launch. The Technical Sourcing Specialist coordinates the transfer of program information and responsibilities to site manufacturing locations such that they are effective in meeting program goals. The Sourcing Specialist will combine technical knowledge and business savvy to shorten product development times, foster supplier innovation, improve long term product quality, mitigate supply risk and optimize cost to meet the overall needs of a rapidly growing business.

Main Responsibilities

  • Represent Sourcing and Purchasing on new product teams, providing influential input and leadership to drive best in class sourcing processes during the PDP process.
    • Drive the execution of Commodity Strategies in sourcing decisions in new product development
    • Identify Sourcing risks (component & supplier) and develop and drive mitigation plans
    • Lead the Sourcing Strategy, RFx (P/Q) process and supplier selection for new components
    • Ensure early involvement by supplier(s) in the design of components
    • Coordinate internal & external activities required for component readiness at suppliers for commercialization
    • Manage communication and business relationship with suppliers during PDP activities
    • Actively participate in COGS target setting for new products and own the Component Cost Targets, Strategies, and execution to deliver on contracted material costs.
    • Manage required sourcing Quality System deliverables
    • Initiate non-disclosure agreements with current and potential suppliers as needed / recommended by legal
    • Minimize business and legal risks by negotiating development, supply, and quality agreements proactively to support new technology development and product development at or below target costs
    • Initiate purchase orders for pre-production product per the needs of the various programs
    • Targets & Metrics: report out, periodically and minimally at each Phase Gate, the Sourcing Strategy for the Project that will track and report metrics, risks, and mitigation plans for Component Quality, Supply Risk, Cost, and Lead-time
    • Conduct due diligence for suppliers to verify supplier stability and to ensure that supplier has the capacity to meet product launch requirements.
    • Ensure a smooth transition of new products to the production Buyer
    • Responsible for addressing assigned CAPA activities and ensuring that established timelines are met.
    • Lead Cross Functional / Cross business continuous improvement projects


• Bachelor’s degree

• 5-7 years of technical and / or business experience with a minimum of 2 years in Technical or strategic sourcing and with a minimum of 3 years in an engineering or equivalent role

• Lean experience or Green Belt Certification


IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE: (Remove if not needed)

Leadership Attributes:

  • Is decisive; takes independent action and calculated risks
  • Has the confidence, presence and ability to inspire, influence and motivate people
  • Listens to and values feedback; supports and explains reasoning for decisions
  • Respectful of, and actively solicits, team member opinions
  • Has the ability to implement change to positively affect results

Personal Characteristics:

  • Exhibits a high energy level and positive outlook
  • Looks for and takes advantage of business growth opportunities
  • Self-evident ability to develop a plan, implement effectively and deliver results
  • Is persuasive and resilient in overcoming objections
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment

Personal Principles:

  • Driven to achieve established goals
  • Takes accountability for own actions and those of regional personnel
  • Works to do what’s right; trustworthy, open and honest
  • Displays a commitment to excellence


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