Sr. Buyer Purchaser

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Posted: 02/13/2019 Employment Type: Contract-to-Hire Industry: Clinical & Scientific Job Number: 14983


The Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, this role will be responsible for purchasing.  The Senior Buyer/Purchaser will manage the purchasing of equipment and raw materials needed for appropriate departments. The Senior Buyer/Purchaser will work with managers to support each department' s needs and maintain various reports to monitor the supply chain needs. The Sr. Buyer/Purchaser will take initiative and use resources needed to ensure the supply chain is properly aligned with the expectations set forth by the Supply Chain Manager. This role will manage vendor relationships and work between vendors and the Supply Chain team to best position with fair and reasonable pricing as well as effective timing on delivery of products.  This position will be located in our offices in South San Francisco.

Other essential responsibilities include:
  • Creates and process purchase requests and purchase orders, direct and indirect, in accordance with documented procurement process
  • Communicates with Management and Stakeholders' purchase order status; manages orders through completion
  • Facilitate cost savings and quality improvement projects through purchasing
  • Maintain record keeping of purchase requests and purchase orders
  • Review proposals and negotiate pricing with suppliers
  • Responsible for setting up, reviewing and executing vendor contracts
  • Interacts with suppliers and is responsible for maintaining, and enhancing good business relations between suppliers. Mitigate invoicing issues
  • Develops a strong understanding of key vendors and suppliers who support the GMP biologics industry and the specific needs
  • Participates in cross-functional projects for NPI, second sourcing, and process improvements.
  • Builds relationships within the department and with surrounding departments
  • Maintains a high level of quality and compliance with regards to all aspects of purchasing
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education, Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor' s degree with 7+ years' work experience
  • 5 years working in bio/pharma industry as a buyer or purchaser
  • Prior success working both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office (Word, Excel)
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Travel 15-20%

Preferred Education, Skills and Experiences
  • 5+ years' experience in a GMP environment
  • Experience in a start up environment
  • Analytical with strong problem solving skills
  • Strong knowledge of ERP systems
  • APICS certification

Jesse Ashworth

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