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IDEX Supply Chain Specialist in Linthicum, Maryland

If you’re looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you’ve found it. Whether you’re an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses ( around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

US Valve Corporation. is a leading global designer and manufacturer of specialty valves for industrial and medical applications. Established in 1999, we are a wholly-owned subsidiary company of IDEX Corporation.

United States operations include warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Linthicum, Maryland, and our division headquarters in Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Supply Chain Specialist will lead the Purchasing/Strategic Sourcing function for US Valve. The candidate will develop, prioritize, and execute sourcing initiatives to reduce supply chain complexity, improve business continuity and achieve material productivity. This role will be responsible for improving supplier performance and developing a best-in class supply base for critical components. The position will work closely with production to achieve on-time delivery and with finance to ensure a complete and accurate accounting of inventory and will report directly to the Operations Manager.


  • Manage the overall purchasing function, scheduling, and inventory control as well as all other related purchasing functions.

  • Evaluate raw materials needed for production by working with schedulers, management and MRP systems.

  • Collaborates with commercial team to set inventory levels needed to execute expected sales forecasts.

  • Identifies supply chain risk and implements counter measures that improves part availability, prevents stock outs and accelerates backlog execution.

  • Drives 8020 principles deeper within the organization by using the Plan for Every Part (PFEP) analysis to drive actions.

  • Leads our SIOP process

  • Owns all supplier data masters is JDE, keep relevant data updated as required

  • Track and expedite delivery to ensure material availability. Resolve discrepancies by comparing purchase orders.

  • Be part of a team that performs periodic physical inventories.

  • Discuss defective goods with quality control personnel, vendors, and users to determine the cause. Work together to find solutions.

  • Responsible for import compliance.


  • Develops strong relationships with key suppliers; fosters an environment of open communication & accountability.

  • Understanding of Market Dynamics - considerate of emerging trends of demand and product design (working well with Engineering team/ new customers/ markets)

  • Owns project pipeline for strategic sourcing initiatives focused on supplier qualification and tooling investment.

  • Leads development of contract strategy; including negotiating, establishing, monitoring and enforcing supplier contracts and agreements with a focus on cost productivity, production capacity, and component quality.

  • Leads sourcing analysis and selection process and perform cost analysis and make vs buy analysis as required.


  • Actively engages in Daily Management, Monthly Business Reviews, and GEMBA walks.

  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Improves Inventory Turns

  • Increases Supplier OTD and Quality performance

  • Reduces Supply Chain Complexity through 8020

  • Delivers Material Cost Productivity

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills: ability to manage effective relationships

  • Bias for action; drive to achieve results and goals in the short and long term.

  • Organized; strong time and project management skills.

  • A drive to discover and meet the needs of customers (both internal and external).

  • Possesses computer skills required to be proficient in job requirements including strong Excel and prior MRP/ERP experience, JD Edwards a plus

  • Understanding of data analysis and performance/operation metrics

  • Experienced change agent


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, or other relevant degree

  • 5+ yrs experience in Purchasing, Strategic Sourcing, or Materials Management roles

  • Track record of supply chain performance improvement in a low-volume, high-mix, manufacturing business

  • Experience in international sourcing and logistics, experience with Asian suppliers is a plus

  • High Proficiency with Microsoft Excel Previous experience purchasing mechanical components Problem Solving/Analysis.

  • Communication Proficiency. Time Management.

  • ISO9001 experience a plus

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

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