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Senior Buyer Planner

Company name
Quidel Corporation

San Diego, CA, United States

Employment Type

Planning, Purchasing, Operations

Posted on
Jan 14,2019

Valid Through
Apr 29,2019

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Quidel Corporation is a leading manufacturer of diagnostic healthcare solutions serving to enhance the health and wellbeing of people around the globe with well-known and respected products that provide healthcare professionals with accurate and cost-effective diagnostic information at the point of care (POC). Our core competencies and capabilities focus on immunoassay and molecular testing in the areas of: infectious disease, cardiology, women’s health, and virology.

The Senior Buyer / Planner is responsible for the procurement of direct material, indirect material, non-production items, capital equipment and services.

Establish blanket purchase orders.

Conform to good manufacturing practices and ISO requirements.

Perform material purchasing through the Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system.

Responsible for exercising judgment in determining order quantities and timing of orders and deliveries using MRP planned orders, changes to production schedules, changes in market conditions that could affect supply reliability, and buyer judgment.

Develop sources for materials.

Develop supply chain strategies to minimize supply chain risks, ensure continuity of supply, maintain appropriate inventory levels, reduce supply chain costs and improve capabilities of suppliers.

Work with key suppliers to improve quality, decrease supply chain risks, improve productivity and reduce costs.

Ensure current approved specifications are adequately communicated to suppliers.

Manage supplier material return process; obtain timely credits for returns.

Manage subcontract suppliers.

Work with suppliers and engineers to reduce costs through improved production methods, alternate materials, alternate packaging, transportation, etc.

Write and negotiate more complex purchase agreements and contracts.

This position will be expected to represent the entire materials group on internal teams.

Will be expected to lead commodity teams in their area of expertise, develop selection criteria for potential suppliers and perform supplier analysis.

Keep current on new methods in supply chain management.

Expected to act in capacity of coach and mentor to junior level individuals.


Plan procurement using MRP, item history and buyer judgment.

Source raw materials (new and existing) and consolidate suppliers.

Negotiate costs of materials, inbound freight, and purchase contract terms and conditions.

Support R&D and new product development through team participation

Work with Quality Engineering and R & D to improve systems and to ensure appropriate and timely material availability, correct documentation, raw material specifications, NCMR’s and Certificates of Analysis.

Manage and analyze inventory investment and turns.

Maintain effective supplier relationships and develop key suppliers, exercising ethical negotiation and communication techniques.

Monitor supplier performance and take appropriate action with supplier.

Carry out duties in compliance with established business policies.



BA / BS degree in a related field preferred

Minimum 5 years progressively responsible experience in production purchasing

Desirable certifications: APICS CPIM, CFPIM, or CIRM; or NAPM CPM


Effective negotiating methods

Complex contract writing

General purchase terms and conditions

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Material requirements planning

Commercial research methods

Commodity specific knowledge

Fundamentals of just-in-time techniques

Computer skills: word processing, spreadsheets, internet, e-mail

Determine raw material purchases to support production schedules using MRP and communication with production planners. Improve material procurement methods and suppliers through consensus with technical and quality personnel. Coordinate material quality and availability choices with end users and Quality. Negotiate pricing, terms and conditions for purchases. Make decisions with suppliers affecting the business relationship and contracts between Quidel and the supplier. Develop supply chain strategies which minimize supply chain risks, ensure continuity of supply, maintain appropriate inventory levels, reduce supply chain costs, and improve capabilities of suppliers. Provide leadership in improving material design and production and in reducing material costs.

Before you apply, please make sure you share Quidel’s values. We pride ourselves on keeping these values in mind every day as we execute on goals and plan for the future. We are seeking employees who share the same mindset and commitment to be customer driven

focused on execution

, and

new product oriented

. We succeed by being


optimistic team players

Quidel is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans). We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


San Diego, CA USA

Minimum Experience (yrs):

Required Education:

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