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Contract Buyer/Senior Buyer

Company name
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical

Bedford, MA, United States

Employment Type

Purchasing, It

Posted on
Jul 15, 2022

Valid Through
Oct 28, 2022


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Why Join Us?

Be a hero for our rare disease patients

At Ultragenyx, we fundamentally believe that taking real impactful action to care for the needs of patients and our people is always the right thing to do. To achieve this goal, our vision is to lead the future of rare disease medicine. For us, this means going where other biopharma companies won’t go – challenging the status quo and creating a new model that advances our field so more patients and caregivers can benefit from life-changing treatments. We do this by following the science, applying a novel rapid development approach, making innovative medicines at fair and reasonable prices, and creating a collaborative ecosystem to reach patients in ways that are most meaningful for them.

Our commitment and care for patients extends to our people, so culture is an essential cornerstone for Ultragenyx. We remain continuously focused on creating a supportive and inclusive environment of profound learning and growth – so employees can thrive in all areas of their lives, in and outside of work. Ultimately, we want to be an organization where we would be proud for our family, friends and children to work.

If you want to have a meaningful impact, do the best work of your career, and grow a lot, both professionally and personally, come join our team

. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and prospective employees, which means at this time our interview processes may include virtual discussions, interviews, and onboarding. Please note that compliance with local regulations and safety protocols is a condition of employment at Ultragenyx. Elements of safety protocols may include, but are not limited to: work from home requirements, regular or symptom-based covid testing, providing valid evidence of vaccination, mask wearing, and physical distancing.

US based roles:

Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment at Ultragenyx. This requirement applies to almost all roles at Ultragenyx based in the U.S., with very limited exceptions. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a disability, serious medical condition, or because it would violate your sincerely held religious belief, you will have an opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation.

Roles based outside the US:

If the role requires travel to the US or another country that requires evidence of covid vaccination for entry, candidates and employees will be required follow the local regulations and corporate policy regarding vaccination evidence submission.

Position Summary:

The Buyer role will be an integral member of the Ultragenyx Corporate Procurement team. This individual will manage procurement activity for the Gene Therapy Manufacturing Facility. A successful candidate must have strong analytical capabilities, be a self-starter, have procurement experience within the pharmaceutical/life sciences industry, and the ability to collaborate cross-functionally to resolve procure-to-pay issues. The candidate will be a creative problem solver, have excellent communication skills and be passionate about delivering outstanding customer service. This position reports to the Director, Procurement.

Work Model:

Flex: can complete work from home during the pandemic; once return to the office 2-3 days in office to be expected and established with manager


Perform all assigned buying functions for GMP manufacturing materials and services needed to support internal requirements, manufacturing activities, and operations.

Negotiate with suppliers for discounts and cost savings/avoidance

Track material orders to delivery and resolve any issues providing updates to requesters

Assist with corporate RFP process- supplier sourcing, facilitating bids, and bid analysis

Collaborate with Accounts Payable and internal customers to resolve procure-to-pay issues

Assist with maintenance of master data within ERP system

Assist internal customers in the evaluation of goods and services as needed

Support drafting of templated documents such as CDA’s, Amendments and Agreements

Support ongoing vendor relations


Bachelor’s degree in business or equivalent experience required

5 years of manufacturing procurement related experience in Biotech or Pharma Industries

Demonstrated excellent analytical and problem solving skills are a must

Experience working with Oracle R12 and iProcurement

Intermediate Excel Skills – Pivot tables, Vlookup, etc.

Solid understanding of basic accounting, internal controls, GMP and SOx principles

Ability to build strong relationships at all levels

Direct but civil temperament and presence that inspires confidence in others

Excellent communication and organizational skills

Experience in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment a plus

CPSM certification a plus


Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital and veteran status. Reasonable accommodation will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities and for qualified disabled veterans in job application procedures, as required by applicable law. If you have any difficulty using our online application system and need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact Talent Acquisition by calling: (415) 483-8800 or by emailing us at

. For electronic email and mail inquiries, please include a description of your requested accommodation, your name and contact information.

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