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Date: Sep 29, 2021

Location: Alpharetta, GA, US, 30009

Company: Boston Scientific

Additional Locations: (n/a)


Diversity - Innovation - Caring - Global Collaboration - Winning Spirit - Caring - High Performance

At Boston Scientific, we’ll give you the opportunity to harness all that’s within you by working in teams of diverse and high-performing employees, tackling some of the most important health industry challenges. With access to the latest tools, information and training, we’ll help you in advancing your skills and career. Here, you’ll be supported in progressing – whatever your ambitions.


About the role: 
The Buyer/Planner is essential to the Pathology Laboratory operations. This position is responsible for planning, co-ordination & reporting for all of the Inventory issues. Develop and monitor a strong Inventory control policy. Ensure Inventory activities are a key driver of quality, cost efficiency and current best practice within the organization/industry.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Evaluates and selects suppliers based upon assessment of their quality system and capabilities. Manages the implementation of suppliers (including ensuring the completion of appropriate first articles and validations).
  • Performs initial and ongoing audits of potential and current suppliers based upon ISO15189 guidelines and College of American Pathologist (CAP) Quality System Requirements.
  • Manages component supply and inventory levels for laboratory, planning and purchasing for material requirements and ensuring flow of materials to the laboratory.
  • Monitors and control inventory days on hand and order accuracy. 
  • Track and manage supplier delivery and quality requirements.
  • General Inventory Reporting: i.e. Cycle-counting, Inventory turns, when necessary. 
  • Works internally with Accounts Payable and Receiving to resolve discrepancies in receipts and invoices. 
  • Works with Laboratory and Quality to source and recommend suppliers to ensure that supplied orders are an appropriate price, delivery, and quality.
  • Inputs required purchase orders/requisitions in SAP, Ariba/Mybuy, as needed.
  • Understands and communicates component specifications to suppliers, including the ability to read drawings to determine dimensions, tolerances, and Incoming Quality Control (IQC) points.
  • Develops and enhances relationships with strategic supplier/partners. Serves as primary contact and fosters positive and mutually beneficial relationship with suppliers.
  • Coordinates early supplier involvement in product development and purchases the required materials to support product development and product launches.
  • Actively works and supports the development of new technologies and supplier capabilities.
  • Supports product development goals in the components, materials and supplier’s area.
  • Drives cost savings and quality improvement projects.


What We're Looking For:
Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Minimum of 3 years of buying/purchasing experience, preferably in a laboratory environment 
  • Collaborative, organized, and ability to work independently
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of leadership
  • Experience with inventory and planning management preferably within materials management vs supply chain 


Preferred Qualifications

  • SAP knowledge
  • Pathology Laboratory Industry Experience
  • If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, applicants working towards a degree are preferred


Requisition ID: 501756


As a leader in medical science for more than 40 years, we are committed to solving the challenges that matter most – united by a deep caring for human life. Our mission to advance science for life is about transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve patient lives, create value for our customers, and support our employees and the communities in which we operate. Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to apply those values to everything we do – as a global business and as a global corporate citizen.


So, choosing a career with Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) isn’t just business, it’s personal. And if you’re a natural problem-solver with the imagination, determination, and spirit to make a meaningful difference to people worldwide, we encourage you to apply and look forward to connecting with you!


At Boston Scientific, we recognize that nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace helps us be more innovative and it is important in our work of advancing science for life and improving patient health. That is why we stand for inclusion, equality, and opportunity for all. By embracing the richness of our unique backgrounds and perspectives, we create a better, more rewarding place for our employees to work and reflect the patients, customers, and communities we serve. Boston Scientific is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


Boston Scientific maintains a drug-free workplace. Pursuant to Va. Code § 2.2-4312 (2000), Boston Scientific is providing notification that the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or marijuana is prohibited in the workplace and that violations will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.


Nearest Major Market: Alpharetta
Nearest Secondary Market: Atlanta

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