Teledyne Technologies

  • Purchasing Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Poway
    Requisition ID
    Company Name
    Teledyne RD Instruments
    1st Shift - Day
    Citizenship/Visa Requirement
    US Citizen/Perm Resident/ Other US Person
  • Company Overview

    Teledyne Marine is a group of leading-edge undersea technology companies that have been assembled by Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. Through acquisitions and collaboration, over the past 10 years Teledyne Marine has evolved into an industry powerhouse, bringing the best of the best together under a single umbrella. Each Teledyne Marine company is a leader in its respective field, with a shared commitment to providing premium products backed by unparalleled service and support.


    As part of the Teledyne Marine group, Teledyne RD Instruments revolutionized the industry through the development of the first acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) and continues to be a global leader in acoustic Doppler innovations used for current profiling and precision navigation.  Our game changing technology has allowed tens of thousands of scientists, engineers and researchers to explore and understand our world’s oceans, rivers and streams in a way that was previously thought impossible.  With a staff of more than 150 scientists, engineers, technicians, and sales and support personnel, the company's San Diego-based global headquarters is an 80,000 square-foot ISO-9001:2015 facility that includes state-of-the art engineering, laboratory, manufacturing, and test areas.


    For more information, visit our website at


    Teledyne is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, protected Veteran Status, genetics or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  If you need assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please email or call (805)373-4545.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.  

    Position Summary and Responsibilities

    General Overview

    The Supply Chain/Purchasing Manager reports to the Director of Operations.  This position manages production planning, warehouse, inventory and procurement for the business unit and provides daily leadership and supervision to procurement staff.  This position is responsible for ensuring continuity of materials supply using min/max, kanban and build/purchase to order; quality and overall cost management.  This position ensures that buyer/planner and materials groups are following best business processes/practices, and the supply chain organization is compliant with all Company policies, as well as financial and operational performance standards and objectives.  This position develops action plans and task assignments to improve supplier responsiveness and performance, cost-savings, customer service levels, production schedule fulfillment, inventory management and overall departmental productivity.  This position serves as a leader, spends 80% of the time managing the procurement team and supply chain and 20% of the time performing hands-on purchasing and supply chain tasks, and acts as a backup to direct reports, as needed.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

    • Provides leadership and manages the procurement staff by:
      • Establishing annual goals and conducting performance reviews
      • Collaborating with buyers and planners on goal achievement progress
      • Monitoring material flow through receiving, inspection, and MRB ensuring staff are hitting metric targets on turn-around time
      • Approving PO's for release, per established signature authorization matrix
      • Monitoring weekly kanban activity and working on regular review of kanban quantity changes
      • Training new procurement hires on all policies and procedures
      • Providing project management guidance and support, as needed
      • Assuring that the procurement department is up to date on all training requirements
    • Participates in MRB meetings with Quality
    • Responsible for cycle count and physical inventory
    • Coordinates/resolves A/P invoicing problems needing procurement assistance
    • Researches and finds cost savings through supplier cost reduction, sourcing strategies, or similar means
    • Manages vendor contract stocking agreements with an annual review plan to qualify renewal
    • Assumes leadership role in managing key strategic supplier relationships
    • Works with Sales, Engineering, and Manufacturing to find new raw materials and/or alternate raw materials to meet customer needs
    • Acts as lead negotiator in material purchasing plans.  Responsibility includes initiating, directing and maintaining both short and long-term procurement plans.
    • Conducts regular business reviews with all tier 1 suppliers quarterly and tier 2 suppliers annually
    • Locates, qualifies, and develops new and better performing suppliers. Responsible for supplier performance (quality, delivery, affordability, financial stability, etc.).
    • Pursues new technologies to improve the manner in which the company buys materials.
    • Ensures that all customer flow downs and certification requirements are captured and executed in purchasing.
    • Establishes methods of procurement, such as kanban agreements, blanket orders, or purchase contracts
    • Reviews/approves new purchasing contracts. Negotiates contracts that include costs, delivery, handling, and penalties for late delivery, while making sure the vendor meets all quality requirements.
    • Provides feedback to sales and contract management on customer flow down requirements.
    • Ensures the procurement department is compliant with all company and corporate policies
    • Ensures procurement department adheres to all ISO procedures and processes.  Responsible for establishing and maintaining clear and effective procurement policies and procedures.
    • Keeps abreast of market trends, changes in business practices in the assigned markets, and new or altered types of materials entering the market.
    • Oversees material impacts due to ECO dispositions
    • Creates, modifies and monitors preferred vendor lists for each department and location
    • Responsible for meeting company and corporate procurement metrics and targets.
    • Maintains raw material database within MRP system for accuracy of pricing, specifications and lead-time.
    • Monitors late deliveries and assists with supplier problems, as needed
    • Ensures proper management of all procurement records, as required per company policy
    • Develops action plans and assigns tasks to execute departmental and business unit goals, including cost savings, inventory reduction and on time delivery
    • Drafts/reviews/approves SOP’s, ensuring operational compliance to all Company policies, including training existing and new staff members
    • Ensures availability of materials in the supply chain, as required per production schedules, and maintains inventory at acceptable levels while minimizing excess and obsolete inventory levels

    Supervisory Responsibilities                                                  

    This job provides general supervision to a functional area which may include direct supervision of exempt and non-exempt personnel.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include providing leadership to employees, interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 



    • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain or related field required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA preferred.
    • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in a manufacturing environment with a proven track record of supply chain improvements
    • Requires at least two years of supervisory/management experience
    • APICS or similar purchasing certification is a plus
    • Experience in high pace manufacturing environment
    • Excellent team communication, human relations, and organizational skills
    • Excellent time management, written and verbal communications skills
    • Ability to rapidly learn new systems and procedures
    • Direct ERP experience in a supply chain role
    • Trained in LEAN principles. Six-Sigma a plus.
    • Strong negotiating and communication skills
    • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Ability to consolidate and present complex data related to supply chain activities to identify current procurement issues and to guide future procurement decisions
    • Ability to convert sales forecasts into procurement strategies and inventory level projections
    • Must possess U.S. citizenship or be a "U.S. Person". (A U.S. Person is defined as a person who is a lawful permanent resident “Green Card holder” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101 (a)(20) or who is a ”Protected Individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).)


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