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Philips Assistant Operations Controller / Cost Engineer in Latham, New York


In this role you have the opportunity

Understanding and contributing to the reduction of production cost (cost price) of our products/magnets by helping realize productivity ambitions in the annual operating and strategic plan by actively partnering with Latham Operations, Procurement and R&D Teams. In order to realize the ambitions you will need to balance cost reduction opportunities with investments required and consequences for manufacturability, quality, time-to-market, and performance specs of the Magnets from a value creation mindset.


  • Partner with Operations, R&D and Procurement teams to drive cost reduction efforts in the area of Landed Costs (conversion cost, bill of material, distribution and operating variances such as scrap and obsolescence).

  • Perform business case calculations for the various cost saving ideas in an effort to understand risk and return.

  • Be discussion partner with business leadership to realize product cost saving opportunities and provide decision support for which product cost reduction opportunities to pursue based on business case calculations.

  • Support NPI with long range product cost estimates and cost target achievement support (e.g. Ambition Sealed Magnet).

  • Calculate Conversion cost (MOH) productivity and report realized cost savings and the impact on overall Landed Costs.

  • Keep track of Magnet cost price development and drive cost down in line with SPOR, AOP and Rofo targets.

  • Verify product standard cost updates and bridge quarter to quarter changes.

  • Analyze Absorption accounting and how production volumes are translated into P&L. Ensure quality of absorption forecasts based on quantities produced.

  • Work with commodity procurement teams to understand and incorporate into product cost the impact of commodities such as helium, copper, NbTi and stainless steel.

  • Calculate and/or verify overhead and labor rates.

  • Prepare results decks and lead report out of Ops actuals, e.g. QPR.

  • Prepare SPOR, AOP and Rofo forecasts for Operations function including all necessary bridging from prior forecasts.



The position reports gets daily direction from site Controller and provides support to Latham Operations, Procurement and R&D Team in driving landed costs productivity, quality and delivery performance.

Our offer

We welcome you to a dynamic, global, multi-cultural, challenging, innovative environment with great opportunities for growth in the current role but also in roles in adjacent areas like R&D, Operations, Finance and other functions of the business.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred

  • Strong affinity with numbers; being able to translate numbers to business context and consult on business decisions with all functional teams

  • Basic accounting knowledge and willingness to learn related policies (e.g. overhead rate calculations)

  • Ability to interact with a multitude of stakeholders from different backgrounds and knowledge levels to come to overall business case and decision criteria to support management decisions within the timeframe requested

  • Strong in Excel, SAP knowledge preferred.

  • Willingness to learn SAP for management of prices in SAP and tracking and reporting of other responsibilities mentioned above

  • 5+ years’ experience in either of following areas and willingness and ability to learn in the others: successful business partnering or alike with multiple stakeholders, preparing business cases or alike for decision support, knowledge of a medical device and how components interact, working with SAP (e.g. price maintenance), working with Excel for reporting and analysis of different sorts

  • Operations and/or financial background preferred

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