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Azenta Life Sciences


Wotton, Surrey - Please note: Own transport is required due to the rural location of the site.

Azenta Life Sciences offers a wide range of consumables and instruments for various life science industries, including biobanking, compound management, consumer genomics, synthetic biology, and basic research.

What you'll be doing

The Buyer manages purchasing, material requirements planning, supplier relationship management as well as providing input to product life cycle and service procurement strategy.

This is a high-level position where work assignments are complex in nature, requiring discretion, independent judgment, and diverse problem-solving methods.

Working closely with the research and development team, it would be advantageous to have some technical knowledge, to read technical drawings, to source and order electrical component parts that are potentially difficult to obtain.

  • Purchase materials, using engineering and production schedules to maintain inventory at planned levels.
  • Gather quotations, examine bids and make awards decisions.
  • Working with Commodity Management develop specifications for new contract orders, evaluate vendor reliability; develop new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate.
  • Monitor cost, schedule, and scope of assigned subcontracts to assure best quality at best value.

  • Manage strategic suppliers and commodities to meet quality, delivery and cost savings objectives
  • Provide feedback to critical customers on forecasting, demand and delivery schedules
  • Participate in critical account SCM meetings
  • Analyse pricing trends to negotiate optimal purchase agreements
  • Work collaboratively to second source strategic commodities as needed to mitigate risk
  • Create and manage purchase orders and requests for quotes to include technical documents, pricing, delivery and key milestones to ensure on-time receipt of material
  • Analyse, adjust and optimize product and component inventory levels to coincide with manufacturing demand and lead time changes
  • Maintain the integrity of MRP parameters (lot/ order size, lead time and safety stock).
  • Coordinate with Supplier Quality on quality issues to ensure immediate intervention and resolution.
  • Administrative duties maintaining files and other tasks as required.

Job Requirements:

  • BS/BA in Business, Operations or Supply Chain Management or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience in master scheduling, supply chain commodity/product line management, purchasing or planning
  • Must possess excellent communication skills with ability to read, write and speak with clarity in the English language and interface effectively with customers, suppliers and peers.
  • Requires excellent analytical thinking, keen negotiation, and conflict management skills
  • Displays commitment to resolve problems and make decisions based upon the priority of the problem in relation to business needs
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft tools with a good working knowledge of Excel
  • Experience of using ERP / MRP systems
  • Must have a good understanding of current legislation including European and British Standards to ensure all purchases are made in accordance

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