Senior Buyer

Bay Area
Apr 17, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time




  • Coordinates purchasing activities with manufacturing and engineering departments to acquire inventory in a cost effective and timely manner.
  • Obtains materials, components, equipment and services.
  • Monitors the cost, schedule and scope of assigned subcontracts to assure highest quality at best value.
  • Manage assigned suppliers and commodities to acquire inventory in a cost effective, high quality performance to demand requirements.
  • Dramatically improve supplier performance program through our supplier review board.
  • Acquire and maintain technical understanding of products purchased.
  • Develop new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate.
  • Recommend cost saving proposals including make-versus-buy analysis, alternative sourcing and vendor evaluation criteria.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level.  MBA or Master's is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10+ years related experience in vendor management for a $40M plus revenue company preferred in a diagnostic or pharmaceutical environment.
  • Candidate should be familiar with raw materials used in biomedical device, pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Candidate should also be experienced with SOP's, GMP, JIT, MRP and should have experience with APICS principles.
  • Candidate should be comfortable and adept at Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Proficiency in all MS Office application.
  • Experience working with SAP.
  • Demonstrated successful contract supplier negotiation involving any of the following: cost reduction independent of volume increase, vendor managed inventory, supply flexibility increase

Preferred Qualifications

  • New Product Introduction experience
  • ERP experience, SAP preferred.
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Experience in a medical device, in vitro diagnostics or pharmaceutical environment.
  • Familiarity with raw materials used in biomedical device, pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Experience with Standard operating procedures, Good Manufacturing & Documentation practices.
  • APICS certification.
  • Experience working with product lifecycle mgmt., document control and enterprise quality management systems.
  • Negotiates favorable terms, volume discounts and long-term contracts with suppliers, and prepares and processes requisitions and purchase orders for the procurement of goods, services and supplies for customer-related business processes or for internal use. 
  • Conducts full development life cycle including interviews of users, development of requirements documents, creating design specifications and implementation of requirements. 
  • Drive ongoing supplier optimization and continuous improvement.