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Job Title: Director, EU Sourcing
Location: Budapest
No of direct reports: 4-6
Travel requirements: 50%

The Director, EU Sourcing is responsible for establishing and maintaining the core European supplier network to meet the diverse needs of our European sites. As part of a large matrix organization, the Director EU Sourcing will understand the outsourcing needs of European business leaders and develop/execute sourcing strategies to meet those needs. In partnership with global and group/division sourcing teams, the EU Sourcing team will ensure business needs are met while optimizing supply assurances, quality, service, cost and innovation. The Director EU Sourcing will need to build a strong functional organization, recruiting and managing a team of 5-10 FTEs, establishing best practices, negotiating contracts with preferred suppliers, and driving continuous improvement initiatives.


  • Partner with business leaders in Europe to understand their outsourcing business requirements and develop/execute sourcing strategies to meet them.
  • Meet the near-term objectives for both the businesses supported (supply assurance, quality, cost), while making progress on strategic department objectives.
  • Meet key sourcing objectives: spend under management, spend under contract, savings, supplier consolidation, and supplier performance.
  • Following strategic sourcing practices, establish and maintain a network of European suppliers including supplier selection, contract negotiations and supplier relationship management.
  • Using category management practices, maintain a current portfolio of categories that evaluate key risks and opportunities and a pipeline of projects to manage them.
  • Maintain awareness of European market trends and provide actionable insights to business and sourcing leaders.
  • Ensure alignment of European sourcing objectives with global, regional and group/division sourcing teams.
  • Identify, qualify and transition to low cost region suppliers using a “Total Cost of Ownership” analysis to aid in decision making.
  • Monitor supplier quality and delivery performance; escalate issues and drive root cause analysis and corrective action when improvement is required.
  • Define and implement joint TFS/Strategic Supplier NPI/NPD in region
  • Manages a team of 5-10 FTEs, primarily sourcing category leaders
  • Develops processes and systems to maintain a functioning organization that routinely imports and develops talent that can grow within function or out to the broader organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum10 years Sourcing, Purchasing and Materials Management experience in multiple types of manufacturing environments. This includes supplier evaluation and management.
  • Minimum 5 years managing a team
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Engineering or related discipline.
  • Expertise with MS Office, ERP systems
  • Fluent in English
  • Office location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Travel requirements: up to 50%.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  • APICS certification.
  • C.P.M or SPMS certification or equivalent.


  • Demonstrated strategic sourcing capability, including category management, spend analysis, market assessments, sourcing strategy development, RFx processes, negotiations and supplier relationship management.
  • Demonstrated success driving change in a large, matrixed organization, including building organizations from the ground up.
  • Demonstrated success reducing material costs, shortening supplier delivery lead times and improving supplier quality performance.
  • Training and experience with continuous improvement environment with a track record of achieving year over year results.
  • Complete understanding of supply chain metrics and the ability to use them to drive performance.
  • Solid interpersonal, communications, self-motivation, self-directed and analytical skills. Influencing without authority skills will be critical in this capacity.
  • Computer skills including ERP/MRP and Microsoft Office applications. Advanced skills including coding and use of translational databases is a plus.
  • Ability to successfully work in a matrixed global business.
  • Knows how diverse manufacturing businesses work and related regulatory environments; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, etc.
  • Acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Sets strategy and champions change within the organization.
  • Excellent influence skills to impact change with peer roles and operations leaders throughout the divsion.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
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