Procurement Manager

Torrance, CA
Jul 09, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Bachem. Pioneering Partner for Peptides

Bachem is a listed technology-based company focused on peptide chemistry. The company provides a full range of services to the pharma and biotech industries. It specializes in the development of innovative, efficient manufacturing processes and the reliable production of peptide-based active pharmaceutical ingredients. A comprehensive catalog of biochemicals and exclusive custom syntheses for research labs complete the service portfolio. Headquartered in Switzerland with subsidiaries in Europe and the US, the group has a global reach with more experience and know-how than any other company in the industry. Towards its customers, Bachem shows total commitment to quality, innovation and partnership.

Job Summary:

The Procurement Manager will be responsible for the development and management of defined categories.  He/she will provide a Global Market Analysis of defined categories and strategic supplier management for selected suppliers.  The Procurement Manager will be leading and supporting the Procurement department and supporting projects.  The desired candidate will also have strong skills related to Stakeholder Management.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the purchasing team
  • Develop Procurement Strategies for the defined categories and implement them according to the Procurement Management Process
  • Responsible for the management of, and defining categories in Procurement
  • Constant Monitoring of overall procurement strategies with the appropriate KPI’s
  • Responsible for price and condition of procurement items for defined categories
  • Conduct negotiations, and tender processes to ensure internal and external requirements
  • Sourcing and evaluation of appropriate sources for defined categories
  • Development of Risk Management Strategies and implementation for defined categories
  • Global Market Analysis of defined category and strategic Supplier Management for selected supplier
  • Global Procurement Market Research, country and industry analysis
  • Ensure a sustainable implementation of procurement strategies according to the Head of Strategic Procurement
  • Systematic management of suppliers along the entire supplier lifecycle for defined categories and key suppliers
  • Responsible for strategic relationship management and supplier performance with defined key suppliers
  • Leading and participating in Procurement projects
  • Represent Procurement as the Subject matter Expert in customer projects
  • Work out recommendations for procurement in the customer projects
  • Provide documentation and information to ensure the project’s success
  • Lead the Contract-Negotiations and work out a contract in collaboration with the Contract Manager for Procurement
  • Lead Improvement projects and represent procurement in Improvement projects in collaboration with tactical purchasing
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Ensure the timely release and monitoring of purchase orders to ensure the availability of raw materials and services
  • Act as a key-user in SAP for procurement

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or related science field
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in purchasing in the Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience in strategic procurement and supplier relationship management
  • Good understanding of the sourcing and purchasing process in the pharmaceutical industry   
  • Excellent negotiation sills with internal and external partners and suppliers
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent skills with working in a multi-culture environment
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyze complex data sets
  • Strong working knowledge of SAP system
  • Familiar with cGMP requirements in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer knowledge, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to effectively organize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment
  • Ability to communicate in a proactive and solution-focused manner, including keeping management aware of potential issues
  • Detail oriented with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve technical and analytical problems
  • Ability to work independently and manage one’s time
  • Communicate effectively and ability to function well in a team environment


  • MBA

What We Offer

An exciting opportunity to dive in and begin your career with a company that offers a competitive total rewards package that includes:

  • Full range of health benefits including medical, dental, vision and long-term disability
  • 401(K) Safe Harbor Plan (3% company contribution, 100% vested)
  • iPay Incentive Plan
  • 11 Paid Company Holidays, Personal Time, Sick Leave and Vacation Time
  • Travel to Switzerland for certain key positions
  • Company sponsored events! (Summer BBQ and Holiday Party)
  • Generous product discounts

Our Values

Bachem recognizes that highly motivated and well-qualified employees are its most important asset. The competence, motivation and performance of individuals and the team are key to the development and long-term success of our business. We therefore strive to attract, retain and develop talented and committed people to all of our Group Companies. Bachem ensures equal opportunities for its employees and will not tolerate any discrimination.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires the employee to regularly stand, walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee must also be capable of writing, using a computer keyboard, telephone and related office equipment.  The ability to lift up to 25 lbs. is required. 

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Environmental Conditions:

Within the facility, the employee will experience normal office conditions with a well- lighted work area and minor noise from standard office equipment. Occasionally the employee will experience unpleasant odors from the manufacturing facility. On a daily basis, the employee will visit the manufacturing facility several times. Lab coat and goggles will be required for these visits. The employee will constantly experience laboratory hazards. Very occasionally, the employee will be called upon to address emergency situations.