Sr. Buyer

Valeant Bothell, WA


Description: The Senior Buyer is responsible for ensuring that high quality materials are available to Solta at the expected time, in the expected quantities and at the expected costs. Functional responsibilities include planning, supplier management and procurement, and cost reductions. FLSA Type: Exempt Reports To: Manager of Procurement


Note: The following are meant to be representative but not necessarily all inclusive of the duties and responsibilities for this position title. Planning

* Utilizing an updated product requirements forecast and MRP (Materials Requirements Planning) output, plans component purchases to support the manufacturing plan while maintaining optimal inventory levels.

* Ensures the accuracy of the vendor part-master and vendor lead-time data in the company's ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software.


* Obtains quotes and negotiates with suppliers where appropriate in order to obtain fair pricing for high quality components, equipment, and services to support production and engineering.

* Enters purchase orders in the ERP system, places orders with suppliers, and works with suppliers to ensure on-time receipts.

* Responsible for company MRO purchasing duties.

Supply Chain Management.

* Evaluates supplier reliability, works with suppliers on continuous improvement, develops new supplier sources where suppliers are inadequate or when new suppliers / technologies are required.

* Coordinates with Quality and Finance to ensure that suppliers are reviewed, approved, and monitored on an ongoing basis consistent with FDA and ISO requirements and financial objectives. o Assists in the development of a supplier rating system.

* Creates and maintains supply agreements with key suppliers and turnkey suppliers.

Inventory Management

* Provides input pertaining to the disposition of inventory during the MRB (Material Review Board) process.

* Obtains RMA's (Return Material Authorizations) from suppliers and assists in preparing materials to be returned. Provides input pertaining to excess and obsolete material.


* Monitors receiving activity and works with suppliers to ensure the orderly receipt of goods and services delivered to the company.

* Works with Quality Assurance to assure the timely flow of product through QC inspection processes as well as the appropriate disposition of non-conforming materials.


* Assists in the development of a budget for the purchasing functional area.

Responsible for monitoring and reporting of various financial metrics related to purchasing.


Experience, Education, Training, Traits:

* Requires a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a preferably in technical field or Business Administration.

* Senior Buyer Planner experience - particularly in the manufacture of instrumentation and/or medical devices (5 years or more is preferred) including:

* Extensive knowledge and experience in the utilization of ERP systems and planning tools

* Extensive knowledge and experience in Bill of Material structures and component specifications.

* Supply-chain management.

* Purchasing skills to include obtaining quotes, negotiations, contracts, and supply agreements.

* Purchase order entry skills, knowledge of receiving transactions and return to vendor transactions.

* Inventory management knowledge to include knowledge of various inventory transactions.

* Turnkey supplier management experience.

* New product introduction experience.

* Experience working within a rigorous quality system environment (ISO, FDA cGMP/QSR) is preferred.

* Strong collaboration, team building, and development skills.

* Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail.

* Strong MS Office skills.

* Experience with Expandable ERP system is preferred.

* APICS certification is preferred.

* A valid driver license.

Language and Verbal Skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret engineering specifications, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, specifications, business correspondence, and procedure manuals in English. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and customers. Math Skills Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Ability to use MS Excel to perform calculations and interpret project results/data. Analytical and Reading Skills Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to read technical and clinical literature and documents and extract important concepts. Physical Requirements While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to perform lifting tasks of up to 10 pounds for short durations. Duties of this job may involve standing and/or walking for extended periods of time. Duties also involve daily keyboard data entry. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Work Environment Most work will be performed in an office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Occasional out of town travel (approximately 5%).

Safety Solta Medical is committed to the health and safety of our employees. We expect that all employees will perform their responsibilities while maintaining a safe, cooperative, and productive work environment, thus ensuring the health and safety of themselves and others.

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