Purchasing Manager – Critical Items

DNA Script
San Francisco, CA
Oct 28, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The role

We are looking for a Purchasing Manager to support our Manufacturing Operations team and our sub-contractors, for inventory items. The ideal candidate will be responsible to identify the parts at risk (long lead times shortages, critical or unique supplier etc …) and to secure the supply of these parts with key suppliers, negotiate purchase conditions, manage logistics and urgent shipments, implement supplier agreements, manage cost reduction while continuing to ensure quality of purchased products and improve supplier performance.

The position is US based, in the South San Francisco, California office.


  • Identify parts and components at risk in coordination with internal Supply Chain and sub-contractors
  • Anticipate future needs and potential backorders on critical parts
  • Negotiate purchase conditions and contracts with vendors (price, schedule, quality, and terms) on the defined portfolio : electronic components, cables, mechanical parts and instruments
  • Manage logistics to import parts mostly from Asia
  • Analyze impact to determine the best value supplier
  • Study and propose real back-up and second source strategy (product group, regional …)
  • Manage International Supplier Relationships and foster trust relationships with vendors to achieve better pricing and quality of services
  • Support and assist other departments to ensure efficient flow of purchasing transactions throughout the company
  • Scout and present alternate raw materials and new technological solutions
  • Assume responsibility of budget development
  • Report periodically summary results and defined KPIs to head of Manufacturing Operations
Preferred experience

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in the field
  • Expertise in electronic components, cables, mechanical and fluidic parts
  • Experienced in sourcing from Asia (ideally Chinese speaking)
  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP software required (ideally NetSuite / Oracle)
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good judgment in price negotiation and vendor selection
  • Decisive and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple projects with attention to detail
  • Ability to handle changing priorities under tight deadlines


  • Start date: ASAP
Recruitment process
  1. Phone interview with the hiring manager
  2. Day interview with the manager, HR, cofounders and the team
  3. References check
  4. Timing: 2-3 weeks