Senior Buyer

Canton, MA

Job ID: 594

Job Req code: 594

Category: Finance

Job Type: OI East

The Senior Buyer will be responsible for the procurement of various commodity materials including packaging and raw materials. He/she will support new product introductions, evaluate the existing and potential supply base for lowest total cost, highest quality and superior performance and drive cost reductions to the bottom line. He/she will be an individual capable of managing complex tasks independently and act as the primary liaison between the internal customer and the supplier on major issues.

Responsibilities include:

Customer Service: Meet or exceed customer service objectives for assigned products. Ensure (Stock Status) is reviewed and acted on weekly and ensure Paper requisitions are placed in a timely fashion. Pro-actively communicate with customers when an issue arises with an order.

Stock Status: Supply production requirements to manufacturing locations that support weekly the needs of the factory and ensures that factory production is not disrupted. Continuously evaluate, understand, and update the stock status as necessary. The internal and external lead-time, re-order point and the lot size must be updated on a quarterly basis and the latest data must be entered in AX system. Any known delivery delays or Issues need to be communicated to production.

Cost:  Develop and track all cost saving projects and update manager on a monthly basis, work to reduce the internal cost of ordering by identifying non-value activities and eliminate wherever possible and ensure that competitive pricing is achieved by quoting out all new products, and re-quoting a sample population of existing items of our preferred suppliers on an annual basis. 

Communication:  Communicate frequently with internal customers and suppliers regarding, customer service, process improvements and cost saving ideas. Maintain strong relationship with internal customers (Manufacturing, R&D, Quality Groups and Facilities). Respond immediately to requests, anticipate and prepare for potential issues. and document lessons learned.

Technical Skills:  Demonstrate effective utilization of existing purchasing planning policies, procedures, systems, and documented processes. Recommend and drive improvements. Keep up to date on best practice purchasing skills. Systems skill requirements include Microsoft Suite and ERP.

New Product Planning:  Support all new product planning activities and ensure that purchasing directs the sourcing process.

Reporting: Complete various reporting requirements which require customer service, cost savings tracking, and supplier performance skills.

Training:  Train new department employees in purchasing procedures, systems, documented processes, and lessons learned.

Improvements:  Drive modifications to existing policies and procedures used in planning finished goods inventories and deployment as the need for change and opportunities for improvement are identified.



The successful candidate will have five to ten years of purchasing/procurement experience in a continuously changing environment. Demonstration of well-developed, analytical and problem solving skills, interpersonal and teaming skills, and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Demonstration of system-orientation, primarily purchasing systems.

Bachelor's Degree in Business or a scientific discipline is required. Experience within a bio-tech organization is strongly preferred. Must have a proven record as a leader/trainer with strong planning, organization, and problem solving skills. Will have the ability to negotiate supplier pricing, analyze variances, and will have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Will offer computer skills/proficiency with MS Office Suite and modern ERP systems