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Avantor, Inc. Buyer, Specialty Components (US) in Morrisville, North Carolina

Job SummaryMAJOR JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (List in order of importance)•Expedites, cancels /defers and ensures system generated and manual purchase orders are aligned to support Customer need dates.•Serves as liaison between VWR and Suppliers, maintains positive vendor relationships, plans and negotiates beneficial supplier agreements on behalf of the company.•May evaluate suppliers based on capability, performance and delivery.•Works with suppliers to improve cost, quality, delivery, and lead time.•Key owner of supplier relationship. Owns and resolves the daily tactical supply chain issues; Backorder resolution, Open Order Expediting, Lead time management, Supplier production issues, etc. May lead supplier planning sessions in support of VWR goals and objectives.•May complete daily review of stock-outs, accountable for timely resolution of supply chain issues.•Supports new product launches, product promotions, or discontinuations. Proactively adjusts replenishment strategies to optimize inventory investment.•Identifies and corrects Supply Chain constraints by acting as liaison between Sales, Customer Service, Warehouse and Suppliers. Analyzes key trends in order history in the context of the Customers Supply Chain processes to proactively identify and propose key process improvements to the Supplier and VWR functional teams. Advises management on proactive changes to supplier management strategy.•Represents VWR in supplier negotiations. Negotiates and settles with suppliers: damage claims, rejections, losses, returns, over shipments, cancellations, and discontinuations. Commits VWR resources as needed. Collaborates with the appropriate VWR functional teams to ensure timely resolution of issues.•Ownership of part maintenance in the ERP system.•Performs other duties as assigned.

MAJOR JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (List in order of importance)

  • Expedites, cancels /defers and ensures system generated and manual purchase orders are aligned to support Customer need dates.

  • Serves as liaison between VWR and Suppliers, maintains positive vendor relationships, plans and negotiates beneficial supplier agreements on behalf of the company.

  • May evaluate suppliers based on capability, performance and delivery.

  • Works with suppliers to improve cost, quality, delivery, and lead time.

  • Key owner of supplier relationship. Owns and resolves the daily tactical supply chain issues; Backorder resolution, Open Order Expediting, Lead time management, Supplier production issues, etc. May lead supplier planning sessions in support of VWR goals and objectives.

  • May complete daily review of stock-outs, accountable for timely resolution of supply chain issues.

  • Supports new product launches, product promotions, or discontinuations. Proactively adjusts replenishment strategies to optimize inventory investment.

  • Identifies and corrects Supply Chain constraints by acting as liaison between Sales, Customer Service, Warehouse and Suppliers. Analyzes key trends in order history in the context of the Customers Supply Chain processes to proactively identify and propose key process improvements to the Supplier and VWR functional teams. Advises management on proactive changes to supplier management strategy.

  • Represents VWR in supplier negotiations. Negotiates and settles with suppliers: damage claims, rejections, losses, returns, over shipments, cancellations, and discontinuations. Commits VWR resources as needed. Collaborates with the appropriate VWR functional teams to ensure timely resolution of issues.

  • Ownership of part maintenance in the ERP system.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education/Training, Experience and Certifications)

  • BS degree in Logistics, Business, or Mathematics or equivalent/applicable experience; MBA a plus

  • 3-5 years working in a procurement capacity

  • APICS/CPIM certification desirable

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those necessary to perform the job competently)

  • Proficient in MS office suite (Excel, Access, Word), Demonstrated ability to analyze large data sets

  • Solid written and verbal communication skills, work experience in a matrix environment desirable.

  • Formal problem solving training highly desirable, i.e. Six Sigma

  • Strong analytical skills

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL EFFORT (Under Typical Positions)

Typically works in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation and a normal range of temperature and noise level.

Work assignments are diversified. Examples of past precedent are used to resolve work problems. New alternatives may be developed to resolve problems.

A frequent volume of work and deadlines impose strain on routine basis.

Minimal physical effort is required. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or carrying objects that typically weigh less than 10 lbs.

DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

EEO Statement

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law.

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Avantor® is a leading global provider of integrated, tailored solutions for the life sciences and advanced technology industries. Strengthened by the recent acquisition of VWR, the Company is a trusted partner to customers and suppliers from discovery to delivery. With operations in more than 30 countries and a diverse portfolio that includes more than four million products, Avantor enables customer success through innovation, cGMP manufacturing and comprehensive service offerings. Collectively, we set science in motion to create a better world.

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