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Purchasing Category Manager - Indirect, Warehousing, and Facilities

Location: Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Purchasing


At BioFire Diagnostics, LLC. we make the world a healthier place by providing molecular solutions that lessen the time to medical results and empower healthcare professionals to make better diagnostic decisions.

We are proud to be part of the bioMérieux family and the 5,000+ team members across 12 sites and subsidiaries in North America committed to our mission to help save lives around the globe through the power of diagnostics.

Come be a part of our team and our mission as a Purchasing Category Manager - Indirect Manufacturing/Facilities!

Job Summary

Responsible for managing all sourcing activities for assigned areas 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.  Assist in the Quality Management System (QMS) audits/site supplier visits to ensure relationship between both companies will meet BioFire’s capacity requirements, cost expectations, and quality standards.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Perform all work in compliance with company policy and within the guidelines of BioFire Diagnostics’ Quality System. Adhere to Regulatory requirements, including FDA, ISO, Legal, Ethical and BioFire 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.

 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.

 Lead Suppliers’ Quarterly Business Reviews in collecting and preparing for each review.

 Perform other duties as assigned.

Some domestic and/or international travel may be required.



  1. Bachelor’s degree in related field or eight years business experience.
  2. Minimum of three years’ experience in a corporate environment, particularly in a purchasing related role such as sourcing, supply chain, manufacturing, or comparable role with transferrable skills.
  3. Knowledge of industrial construction is desired.
  4. Knowledge of the medical industry or biotech is desired.
  5. NAPM, APICS/ISM certification is a plus.
  6. Excellent reading, writing and communication skills.
  7. Proficiency with computers including Microsoft Word, Excel and the Internet.
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