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Thermo Fisher Scientific Procurement/Sourcing Specialist in Franklin, Massachusetts

Job Description

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Buyer II

Position Summary:

This position reports to the Materials Manager. Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Under limited supervision, performs varied purchasing/planning assignments to procure supplies, raw materials and equipment necessary for the operation of the organization, and releases work orders to production based on MRP or actual customer orders released from hold. Follows established procedures, practices and policies to contact vendors, obtain quotations, examine bids, make awards, place orders, and expedite delivery of goods/services; open and expedite work orders. Exercises judgment and working knowledge of materials and sources of supply to make purchase at price consistent with quality and quantity.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Utilize MRP to plan the procurement of materials to ensure the best possible material availability for production and service requirements while controlling inventory levels.

  • Manage purchase orders by implementing the appropriate actions in the supply chain as driven by changes in the production schedule (expedite, defer, cancel, etc).

  • Communicate and coordinate any schedule changes with Planning, Sales, Customers Service and Production.

  • Control the levels of inventory on an assigned group of parts/products by ensuring planning parameters are accurately maintained in the ERP system. This includes cost, lead time, safety stock, and minimum and multiple quantities.

  • Identify and implement inventory control and inventory reduction initiatives utilizing techniques such as Vendor Managed Inventory, KanBan, Bin Systems, Just-In-Time and Demand Flow to increase inventory turnover.

  • Investigate and recommend new sources of supply that provide maximum value by delivering quality goods on time and at a low cost. Work closely with Sourcing team to develop key strategies for the site.

  • Responsible for supplier management from tactical day-to-day ordering, to performance reporting and corrective action as required.

  • Resolve material non-conformances and ensure financial recovery where appropriate.

  • Provide support to the Strategic Sourcing Team and related initiatives (HLA/TLA, subcontract manufacturing, LCR, New Product Development projects).

  • Work with Corporate Finance and suppliers to resolve invoice issues in a timely manner.

  • Drive, support and participate in Lean Initiatives through process performance improvements as a way of working.

  • Mitigate inflation by proactively working with key suppliers on cost reduction initiatives.

  • Responsible for purchasing KPIs – past due Pos, invoice discrepancies, RTV, blanket PO, MRP messages, and inventory targets.

Interaction with Other Employees (level of contact, purpose and frequency)

  • Regularly interfaces with Production leads and Supervisors, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, Customer Service, Demand Planning, R&D Engineering, Accounts Payable and Document Services.

  • Occasionally interacts with Marketing/Sales, and Finance.

  • Takes an active role in high level improvement projects related to quality and productivity.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • C.P.M. or CPSM certification or equivalent a plus.

  • 3 to 5 years buying/planning experience in a manufacturing environment.

  • Knowledge of MAPICS a plus.

  • Understanding of manufacturing processes and how cost impacts the overall business.

  • Enhanced ERP and PC knowledge and skill sets utilizing Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) products.

  • Experience with lean manufacturing business systems that include Kan Ban and VOMI programs.

  • Exceptional organizational skills.

  • Less than 5% travel

Desired Competencies :

  • Action Oriented - Possesses a high energy level and understand the need for speed and agility in accomplishing tasks within ones area of responsibility.

  • Organized – Completes and manages daily tasks and projects in a systematic and orderly manner. Works efficiently and effectively utilizes their time.

  • Problem Solving - Uses data, logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions and minimizes the impact of emotion and personal interest in decision making.

  • Business Acumen - Knowledgeable in current and possible future practices, trends, and technology related to purchasing, inventory and supply chain management.

  • Customer Focus - Exemplifies dedication to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.

  • Negotiating - Understands the dynamics of negotiation with the ultimate goal of achieving the highest value outcome for both parties, while being able to recognize when an agreement should not be made.

  • Drive for Results - Consistently hits the goals and objectives set while always focusing on driving towards stretch goals.

  • Adaptability: Flexible, adjusts readily to new situations and changing priorities while effectively dealing with ambiguity, stress and uncertainty.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.