Senior Procurement Associate

Position Summary

We are seeking a Senior Procurement Associate responsible for managing purchasing activities throughout the procurement lifecycle and provide professional assistance to internal customers to achieve the greatest value for each dollar expended. Takes independent action to ensure deliveries are met and/or services are performed, standards are adhered to and that internal follow-up is achieved. Facilitate requests and interface with vendors.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensures accurate record keeping by administering and maintaining purchasing standards, policies and procedures, as well as the corresponding paperwork.

  • Review purchases to ensure adherence to business and policy compliance; work with end users to educate and resolve out of compliance purchases

  • Work with end users to develop specifications for equipment, services, materials and supplies to be purchased.

  • Identify and evaluate vendors of goods and services; develop alternate sources of supply as needed.

  • Leads and manages RFP process.

  • Establish delivery schedules, monitor progress and contact suppliers to resolve problems.

  • Evaluate and audit contract performance and terms to ensure compliance with terms and conditions.

  • Manage dispute and track dispute resolution process with suppliers as needed.

  • Continuously evaluate purchasing processes to identify opportunities for improvement and streamlining.

  • Lead and develop quarterly Procurement reporting package

  • Support teams by assisting with various cross departmental initiatives and projects

Competencies

  • Strong written, verbal, negotiation, forecasting and planning skills

  • Mature interpersonal skills with proven ability to interact with diverse audiences

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Ability to be creative and develop out-of-the-box solutions

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and present complex results to varied audiences

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously

  • Independent judgment and action

Required Skills

  • Strong experience in Microsoft Office Suite. (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

  • In depth knowledge of standard contract terms and conditions

  • Deep understanding of the procure-to-pay process

  • Proven positive experience working with vendors/customers

  • Manage multiple projects through completion of tasks; flexibility

  • Demonstrated experience in building purchasing/strategic sourcing programs from the ground up

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related discipline

  • 5 to 7 years experience in a purchasing management or strategic sourcing capacity

  • Experience in NetSuite Procurement/Advanced Procurement module

  • Life Science industry experience a plus