Indirect Operational Buyer


This role will support one of our Life Science clients. A background in purchasing for engineering and/or Life Science companies is preferred. This person will provide a buying service to all company employees requiring indirect goods/services and CAPEX (where relevant) for the group of sites in scope. Ensure all indirect third-party spending goes through the relevant buying channel and internal review procedures are followed to maximize value for the company closely with Accounts Payable and the P2P enablement team to resolve invoice queries and GRIR queries. Ensure timely delivery of goods and services. Lead supplier negotiations for low-value contracts. Drive and support automation of Purchase Requisition & Purchase Order processes.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Review and validate Purchase Requisition for indirect products/services & CAPEX (where relevant) for several sites
  • Lead competitive bid process (per applicable policy) and/or execute RFx market interventions
  • Lead supplier negotiations for low-value contracts with supplier
  • Ensure contracts and Purchase orders are assigned to relevant preferred suppliers (if possible)
  • Place Purchase Orders, obtain order confirmations and expedite orders to ensure on-time delivery for several sites
  • Maintain relevant data fields in SAP (e.g. delivery dates and supplier order confirmations)
  • Manage non-conformance, rejections & returns with suppliers and Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Monitor & track supplier performance and raise issues with strategic buyers and/or category managers
  • Drive and support the use of e-catalogue (Ariba) and other approved buying channels that generate automation
  • Train new joiners and junior colleagues
  • Supervise more junior colleagues in the team
  • Respond to AP inquiries
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications:

Education –

  • Associates or Bachelors
  • Preferred area of study: Business, Economics, Engineering, Procurement or Supply Chain

Experience –

  • 5-10 years of experience in Indirect/CAPEX purchasing and SAP Material Management

Skills –

  • Customer service mindset and ability to manage several priorities simultaneously
  • Positive attitude with a willingness to learn new skill sets
  • Deep general knowledge of general business practices
  • Experience and knowledge of both Operational Procurement and Purchasing of indirect goods/services and CAPEX (e.g. Purchase Requisition to Purchase Order Process)
  • Experience in carrying out 3-Bids and a buy via SAP and/or Ariba
  • Experience in managing suppliers and carrying out low-value negotiations
  • Able to persuade and influence suppliers to achieve the best outcome for the company
  • Hands-on experience of using SAP ERP and SAP Ariba in a purchasing/procurement role
  • Hands-on experience of using Microsoft Office

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