Massachusetts Green Jobs

MassHire JobQuest Logo

Job Information

ThermoFisher Scientific Procurement/Sourcing Specialist III in Plainville, Massachusetts

Job Description

As part of the Thermo Fisher Scientific team, you’ll discover meaningful work that makes a positive impact on a global scale. Join our colleagues in bringing our Mission to life every single day to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. We provide our global teams with the resources needed to achieve individual career goals while helping to take science a step beyond by developing solutions for some of the world’s toughest challenges, like protecting the environment, making sure our food is safe or helping find cures for cancer.

Location/Division Specific Information

This position will be site based in Plainville, MA and will support our Viral Vector Services (VVS Plainville) business unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific. At VVS Plainville, we deliver process development through commercial supply and offer the expertise and resources vital to help clients deliver innovative gene therapies. Placed in the forefront of our leading and cutting edge Cell and Gene Therapy business enabling clients to cure genetic, rare, and otherwise untreatable diseases.

Discover Impactful Work:

The Procurement Specialist III reports to the Sr. Manager Procurement into the Viral Vector Services (VVS) group at Thermo Fisher Scientific. This position will source, order, track, and maintain appropriate inventory levels of materials and supplies for VVS supply chain teams. This position includes responsibility for sourcing, maintaining, and ordering cGMP and non-cGMP materials from approved suppliers that align with these cGMP regulations. In this role, they will work independently with minimal supervision and direction, both from VVS Procurement and Supply Chain teams. They perform work that consistently requires independent decision making, and the exercise of independent judgment and discretion.

A Day in the Life:

  • Assist Procurement in qualifying new suppliers according to the requirements of VVS’s Supplier Qualification Program.

  • Source materials based on Thermo Fisher corporate Procurement guidelines and strategies.

  • Comply to VVS procurement SOPs and cGMP requirements.

  • Comply to VVS Expense Approval Policy for all materials, services, and capital equipment purchased for the Client and VVS.

  • Supervise incoming orders to ensure materials and equipment are being delivered, and services completed in a timely manner.

  • Perform supplier maintenance routinely to update supplier information - i.e. ISO certifications / registrations.

  • Resolve material shortages, which are caused by supplier delivery delays, non-conforming material or other problems, to satisfactory resolution. Expedite emergency orders as needed.

  • Support the Accounts Payable process and work with them to resolve any purchasing issues.

  • Source, select, order, track, and follow appropriate inventory levels of all commonly used items for VVS.

  • Source, select, compare and negotiate favorable pricing with suppliers for materials and supplies.

  • Ensure purchase orders are accurate and complete to the price, quantity, item description, quote, and invoice. Ensure all quotes, confirmations, approvals, notes, attachments, and expected delivery dates are updated in the purchasing and inventory management system.

  • Negotiate contracts and inventory stocking programs.

  • Promote strong working relationships both internally across all departments and externally with key suppliers.

  • Identify and capitalize on opportunities to reduce purchasing costs and track the savings.

  • Generate, manage and complete request for quotes (RFQs) and samples for VVS.

  • You may be required to support other VVS MA sites as needed.

Maintain and Improve Systems:

  • Supports department and cross-functional company goals for site metrics.

  • Builds cross-functional relationships and improves relationships with team members.

  • Works with others to meet group and organizational goals.

  • Promote the 4i Values: Innovation, Integrity, Intensity, Involvement.

Keys to Success:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Management, Supply Chain, or other related discipline preferred.

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.


  • Minimum of 2 years ordering or purchasing materials preferably in biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs and spreadsheets is required.

  • Experience using purchasing and inventory management systems, SAP or Oracle is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as quotes, contracts, purchase orders and agreements, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's).

  • Ability to function in a fast paced, dynamic environment with multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Ability to use the internet and eCommerce systems to research and process orders.

  • Incumbent must have excellent interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a varied community.

  • Ability to make decisions and work with minimal to moderate supervision.

  • Able to provide effective written or verbal communication to peers, senior associates, and area management within their operational groups.

  • Strong planning, organization and multitasking skills.

Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Watch as our colleagues explain 5 reasons to work with us ( . As one team of 100,000+ colleagues, we share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement - working together to accelerate research, solve complex scientific challenges, drive technological innovation and support patients in need. #StartYourStory at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued.

Apply today!

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.

Accessibility/Disability Access

Job Seekers with a Disability: Thermo Fisher Scientific offers accessibility service for job seekers requiring accommodations in the job application process. For example, this may include individuals requiring assistance because of hearing, vision, mobility, or cognitive impairments. If you are a job seeker with a disability, or assisting a person with a disability, and require accessibility assistance or an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please submit a request by telephone at 1-855-471-2255*. Please include your contact information and specific details about your required accommodation to support you during the job application process.

This telephone line is reserved solely for job seekers with disabilities requiring accessibility assistance or an accommodation in the job application process. Messages left for other purposes, such as not being able to get into the career website, following up on an application, or other non-disability related technical issues will not receive a response.

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.