Staff Buyer - Clinical Service Labs

8 - 10 years experience  •  Biotech/Pharma

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/21/17
Redwood City, CA
8 - 10 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/21/17

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate with suppliers for the best price and delivery of the required materials in the correct quantity and quality and ensure timely and accurate placement of stock orders
  • Develop strategic long term supply strategies supporting a pull based replenishment model in a clinical regulated environment. Work with suppliers on managing Lot Phase-In, Material Sequestering and releasescheduling
  • Oversee material expediting activities and alternative sourcing where required. Analyze incoming requisitions and shortage reports for delivery requirements, quality, product and lot specification and pricing
  • Collaborate closely with Clinical Lab Services LabOps and Inventory Control Stakeholders on material needs and scheduling
  • Create and manage purchase orders based on MRP signals and otherinternal software tools
  • Resolve receiving and accounts payable discrepancies
  • Works closely with Assay Development teams on new product launches and enhanced product attributes
  • Solicit competitive bids, evaluate proposals, obtain necessary purchasing approvals, negotiate or assist in the negotiation of contract terms, and expedite orders to ensure contract terms are met
  • Generate the most suitable purchasing arrangement such as contracts, blanket orders and vendor stocking arrangements to streamline and obtain optimum pricing
  • Analyze incoming requisitions and shortage reports for quality, specification, pricing and delivery requirements and validation of MRP output
  • Strategic assessment of situations, best practice and recommendation for action resulting in favorable outcomes
  • Strong team player with ability to work closely with Clinical Lab Services stakeholders
  • Prefer experience in reagents, chemicals and consumables
  • Support requirements for Supplier Qualification and Monitoring process including external supplier audits
  • Support Supplier Scorecard process and Supplier QBR’s


  • Bachelor’s degreepreferred or equivalent work experiencerequired.  Bachelor’s Degree in Operations, Logistics, Business Administration, Supply Chain or Life Science disciplines is preferred
  • CPM and / or CPIM preferred
  • 8years’ experience related to sourcing, purchasing, negotiating and expeditingexperience.  Bioscience background preferred, CLIA experience is a plus
  • Experienced with MRP, SAP, and Ariba preferred
  • Exceptional customer service skills and experience
  • Excellent Analytical skills and problem solver. Someone with the ability to measure and analyze potential issues while proactively address problems before they exist
  • Effective verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of procurement, supplier relations, and inventory management
  • High attention to detail and ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Proven ability to negotiate


Not the right job?
Join Ladders to find it.
With a free Ladders account, you can find the best jobs for you and be found by over 20,0000 recruiters.