Job Title:  Sourcing Specialist

Req ID:  43618
Job Category:  Manufacturing Operations

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

The Sourcing Specialist is responsible for driving supply chain cost effectiveness and performance improvement with  suppliers, while minimizing supplier risks for assigned categories. Your core focus will be on proactively identifying leverage opportunities, driving supplier actions that deliver value to diverse stakeholders. The successful candidate will develop key strategic relationships with suppliers to support global sourcing, manufacturing, and new product development strategies. The successful candidate will have a close working relationship and collaboration with the global strategic sourcing, manufacturing, quality, operational procurement and business unit leadership in strategy formulation, supplier selection, and supplier management. The successful candidate will also utilize tools and processes to gather cross functional alignment from key stakeholders, and lead continuous improvement initiatives. Responsibilities will include monitoring key market movements, proactively identifying potential challenges or risks, and resolving issues with suppliers.


  • Provide sourcing support to Marketing / R&D / Finance / Service / Quality in all stages of new product development in accordance with STERIS’ NPD process.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in the supply base’s contemporary technology that can be utilized to upgrade existing products and designed into new products.
  • Work with Operations and site teams to source commodities and work with Corporate and site teams on projects in site or across multiple sites.
  • Develop cross-functional short and long term strategies to source assigned commodity to drive maximum value while ensuring supply continuity. Lead the identification of key supplier/ partners to strategically source. Work with cross-functional team to align key strategic suppliers and capabilities with new product development needs.
  • Conduct negotiations and issue contracts/agreements in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations within the guidelines of STERIS  Policies and Procedures. Negotiate, structure and secure agreements with selected suppliers.
  • Establish strong relationships with key suppliers through tracking of key Metrics and establish collaborative environment to optimize supplier performance and innovation, monitor Supplier performance and take actions for necessary improvements.
  • Lead and/or organize all necessary supplier audits including commercial, financial, and technical to ensure that STERIS maintains and continues to develop a robust and capable supply base.
  • Support Dual / multiple Sourcing efforts for assigned categories at the lowest total acquisition cost and lead or support teams to achieve identified targets.

Duties - cont'd

  • Work cross functionally with quality and purchasing partners to improve Quality, Delivery and cost performance for assigned categories.
  • Increase knowledge in lean manufacturing concepts and apply lean replenishment techniques as well as general continuous improvement opportunities to improve supplier performance in targeted areas.
  • Provide regular updates and reports to manager and purchasing staff on cost improvements and new product development programs.
  • In addition to the above, Sourcing Specialist will be required to support manufacturing activities by placing purchase orders and expediting to meet build requirements.
  • Carry out duties in an ethical, legal and professional manner that contributes to both our internal and external Customers’ satisfaction.


Required Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in Purchasing / Sourcing, or other business experience requiring strong negotiating skills.  
  • Experience in all aspects of sourcing including contract negotiations, commodity based materials management, project management, and commercial analysis.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and project management tools.


  • Excellent communication, problem solving, project management, organizational and negotiation skills. 
  • Driven and enthusiastic about opportunities to establish new approaches to reduce TCO.  
  • Responds with a sense of urgency to meeting and supporting the needs of each and every Customer, providing innovative and comprehensive solutions.
  • Effectively negotiates, influences and collaborates with others. Seeks a creative, win/win solution.
  • Builds constructive and effective relationships cross-functionally; effectively manages through conflict while maintaining relationships.
  • Effectively handles change, ambiguity and changing priorities staying focused on achieving the key priorities for the business.
  • Effectively manages projects, assessing time, resources, investment, etc. ensuring deadlines and objectives achieved.
  • Keeps current on the industry, the “Customer,” market and other external factors impacting the role and/or business and benchmarks for improvement of processes and applications.

Work Schedule

  • This is a hybrid schedule position based in Plymouth, MN.
  • The schedule is: 3 days/week onsite, 2 days/week remote. 


STERIS is a leading global provider of products and services that support patient care with an emphasis on infection prevention.  WE HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD by providing innovative healthcare, life sciences and dental products and services. STERIS is a $5 billion, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 17,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  43618
Job Category:  Manufacturing Operations

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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