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Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organize and procure materials and services for WAI, supporting ongoing demand, new product development efforts, end of life requirements and obsolescence management; maintain inventory at planned levels for each phase
  • Analyzes material cost impact on the business and develops appropriate response
  • Develop new and manage ongoing cost reduction efforts utilizing Total Cost of Ownership, Return-on-Investment and Make/Buy methodologies
  • Participate in the research and development of product specifications that meet the requirements of the end item products
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Manufacturing and Suppliers to execute Value Engineering (VE) opportunities
  • Work with the Approved Supplier List and analyzes trends to develop strategies for supplier management and optimization
  • Select suppliers utilizing negotiation and competitive bid process
  • Negotiate and manage legal and commercial contracts for assigned commodities (under supervision)
  • Monitor Supplier performance, resolve material non-conformances and lead corrective action recommendations
  • Work closely with Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) to evaluate supplier capabilities and reliability, perform on-site supplier assessments as needed; participate in supplier scorecard process
  • Deploy value-added inventory management techniques (e.g., Demand/Pull, SOMI and Consignment
  • Ensure alignment of supply base with corporate guidelines on payment terms
  • Put programs & standard processes in place to mitigate supply risk
  • Manage the site’s commodity category approach to low cost region sourcing
  • Responsible for ensuring corporate regulatory compliance and risk management mitigation
  • Participates in every aspect of supply chain management to maintain a reliable and cost competitive source of supply


  • Bachelors Degree in business or related field is preferred
  • 7+ years purchasing experience as a direct material buyer
  • A combination of job related experience, ongoing educational progress, and related certification may be considered in lieu of a Bachelors Degree
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities within established deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of standard terms and conditions instituted in supply agreements
  • Able to understand and interpret procurement and sourcing metrics and scorecards
  • Strong PC computer skills including Excel (pivot tables and VLookups a must), Word and Power Point
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group to accomplish individual and team objectives
  • Working knowledge of MRP and ERP principles and materials management; SAP experience a plus
  • Experience with supplier certification processes as well as Make/Buy analyses
  • Familiarity with productivity programs and Lean concepts
  • Open to occasional travel

Desired Competencies:

  • Negotiation skills - Understands completely 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
  • Drives for Results - Consistently hits the goals and objectives set while always focusing on driving towards stretch goals
  • Written Communication Skills - Is able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles in order to achieve the impactful result
  • Technical (continuous) learning - Demonstrates the mental agility to acquire new concepts rapidly and has an aptitude for learning new industry, company, product, or technical knowledge
  • Presentation Skills - Is effective in a variety of formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small and large groups and up and down the levels of the organization

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.
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