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Indirect Purchasing Category Manager

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Location: LOMBARD, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Purchasing

A family-owned company, bioMérieux has grown to become a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. For almost 60 years and across the world, we have imagined and developed innovative diagnostics solutions to improve public health. Today, our teams are spread across 44 countries and serve 160 countries with the support of a large distribution network. This includes our SLC site, formerly known as BioFire Diagnostics.


Position Summary:
Responsible for managing all strategic sourcing activities for assigned categories in accordance with the prescribed purchasing regulations, processes, and procedures.  Vet new suppliers and manage current supplier base through evaluating and minimizing supplier risk, lead contract negotiations, and serve as the liaison between supplier and organization.  Manage sourcing projects during supplier assessment, negotiation, and award phases. Assist in the Quality Management System (QMS) audits/site supplier visits to ensure relationship between both companies will meet bioMérieux’s capacity requirements, cost expectations, and quality standards.



  • Perform all work in compliance with company policy and within the guidelines of bioMérieux’ Quality System. Adhere to Regulatory requirements, including FDA, ISO, Legal, Ethical and bioMérieux specific procedures.
  • Source a variety of raw materials, equipment, chemicals, and services in accordance with prescribed purchasing regulations and procedures.
  • Identify contract improvement opportunities and renegotiate.  In collaboration with Legal, prepare and lead supplier price, contract and long term agreement negotiations.
  • Contribute to collective effort by participating in departmental or interdepartmental teams and engaging in that exchange to improve purchasing functions.
  • Design, lead and implement cost savings projects based on a structured project/savings roadmap.
  • Follow current Lean and Six Sigma, Kaizen Continuous Improvement principles, and mentor those principles to associates.
  • Manage Global Suppliers (Including tier 2) within his/her scope: contracts, CSR, Performance, risk management, safety, business review.
  • Monitor and measure supplier performance per Purchasing Cost Avoidance Plans (PCAP) to ensure company is receiving fair market pricing by utilizing appropriate trends and reporting tools.
  • Build supplier relationships through frequent and effective communication of business, quality, and cost by interacting with current suppliers, consistently seeking opportunities to improve those partnerships to ensure a long-term positive relationship and continue to seek out supplier talent for future opportunities.
  • Effectively resolve disputes, hold crucial conversations and recommend solutions to identify the root cause and correct problems as needed.
  • Review departmental Standard Operating Procedure and Work Instruction Documents for relevancy and accuracy.
  • Facilitate Suppliers’ Business Reviews in collecting and preparing for each review.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Some domestic and/or international travel may be required.


Training and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of Purchasing experience



  • Minimum of three years’ experience and advanced education, particularly in project management or purchasing related role such as sourcing, supply chain, manufacturing, or comparable role with transferrable skills.


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BioMérieux Inc. and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Please be advised that the receipt of satisfactory responses to reference requests and the provision of satisfactory proof of an applicant’s identity and legal authorization to work in the United States are required of all new hires. Any misrepresentation, falsification, or material omission may result in the failure to receive an offer, the retraction of an offer, or if already hired, dismissal. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation in BioMérieux’s or its affiliates’ application process by contacting us via telephone at (385) 770-1132, by email at [email protected], or by dialing 711 for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

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