Senior Buyer (Contract- West Coast)

Working from home
Jun 10, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit

As a Senior Buyer, you will interact cross-functionally with the Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Operations, & Quality teams to ensure inventory items are available to support clinical testing and in-house manufacturing.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a dynamic environment, have a talent for developing and implementing processes within a growing organization and become a valuable partner to all of our internal customer.

The ideal candidate should reside in the West Coast.

You will:

• Process purchase orders for inventory items according to the supply planWork closely with the Supply Chain team to identify alternative sources and/or sourcing strategies to mitigate supply constraints
• Conduct strategic sourcing and supplier management activities within assigned categories such as leading competitive sourcing events (RFX's) and driving cost savings initiatives with involvement from key SMEs (Subject Matter Experts)
• As advised by Procurement Management, negotiate contracts, execute strategic sourcing activities; new vendor evaluations, product availability and lead times, pricing, quality control, terms and conditions, spend analysis reports, and import compliance when applicable
• Support the Procurement Director in identifying key metrics for insight into Supply Management activities, potential areas for improvement, and generating reports for internal business areas
• Offer recommendations to the Director of Procurement; set department driven KPI's, provide metrics and build goals geared towards continuous improvement in procedures, generate reports and analyses on savings, spending trends, year-to-year price changes and associated data
• Work with management to develop or negotiate contracts to ensure efficient cost structures, delivery performance, and service levels
• Support cross-functional teams including Accounts Payable and Materials on invoicing and receiving discrepancies
• Negotiate with vendors on common item discounts, shipping, terms, exclusives, RTVs, credits, etc.
• Purchase and negotiating standard consumables and lab supplies, services, and other company requirements
• Place orders via the web, email, and phone

Your background should include:

• 7+ years experience in a comparable procurement role
• Experience purchasing for a fast-growing biotech or scientific lab environment
• Ability to independently source alternative suppliers for faster delivery or better pricing
• Familiarity with commonly-known sources and suppliers of laboratory supplies, consumables, and chemicals is a plus
• Ability to work cross functionally within various departments to address needs and requirements
• Knowledge of the various shipping options, carriers and alternate methods such as drop shipping
• Experience with software-based purchasing systems
• Experience with an ERP and Finance related systems, i.e. NetSuite, Coupa, Concur
• Experience working with Accounts Payable and Finance departments to resolve invoicing and payment discrepancies
• Excellent interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
• Demonstrated skills in problem identification, analysis, and resolution
• Demonstrated ability to assess needs, and ability to assist in training co-workers on systems and software
• Strong interpersonal and prioritization skills-Intermediate computer skills and ability to learn new applications
• Ability to work well both independently and in a collaborative or team setting

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

GRAIL, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries ("GRAIL") does not accept any liability for fees for resumes from recruiters or employment agencies ("Agency"), without a binding, written recruitment agreement between GRAIL and Agency describing the services and specific job openings ("Agreement"). GRAIL may consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume and explicitly reserves the right to hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the Agency, unless an Agreement is in place. Any email or verbal contacts with any person within GRAIL is inadequate to create a binding agreement. Agencies without an Agreement are requested not to contact any hiring managers of GRAIL with recruiting inquiries or resumes. Agencies interested in partnering with GRAIL may contact GRAIL's HR Department through our Customer Service team .