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Title:  Buyer II

Req ID:  14979
Category:  Supply Chain Management
City:  Mentor
State:  OH
Postal Code:  44060

At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

The Buyer II is responsible for the purchase of assigned commodities to meet production needs and internal specifications. Commodities may be of a complex nature including the type of commodity and/or volume. The Buyer II will identify and select suppliers, negotiate prices and terms with and manage relationships with suppliers, will manage the purchasing cycle, including requisitions, purchase orders, will monitor supplier performance, recommend improvements, and address supplier quality issues related to supplier product.


  1. Identify opportunities for and implement continuous improvement activities to impact overall purchasing department's quality, cost, and delivery initiatives.
  2. Implement and maintain standard work documentation and other Lean procedures to ensure compliance.
  3. Source and secure quotes from qualified suppliers of assigned materials to obtain most favorable prices, and products/services consistent with quality requirements. Identify prospective suppliers, analyze and determine capabilities.
  4. Purchase product to support Materials Planning, Manufactured Products, and Non-Inventory requirements. Implements enterprise wide sourcing programs, where applicable.
  5. Works directly with and closely coordinates with requisitioners including technical stakeholders and and/or varying departments to ensure understanding of product prior to order placement.
  6. Prepare purchase orders, verifying specifications and price.
  7. Distribute purchase orders to suppliers.
  8. Monitor item deliveries and expedite orders as needed.
  9. Verify receipt of items; resolve any shipping errors with suppliers as needed.
  10. Authorize payment for purchase; resolve any invoice errors with Accounts Payable.
  11. Develop procedures to resolve trending errors thereby preventing reoccurrences. 
  12. Reconcile Problem Packing Slips / Bills of Lading / Certificate of Conformance or Analysis and facilitate the return of rejected material.

Duties - cont'd

  1. Keep abreast of current market trends and developments within area of responsibility to take advantage of all opportunities offered to improve quality of service.  Report relevant market changes to management. Obtain recommendations from suppliers for alternate sources when applicable.
  2. Works with Supply Chain Manager to develop and implement short and long term purchase plans for materials and services in area of responsibility.
  3. Work closely with affected departments (i.e. Operations, Material Planning, Quality Control, etc.) to ensure needed parts, suppliers and / or services are obtained to meet schedule requirements.  Confirm available inventory items by verifying stock and scheduling delivery.
  4. Engage in negotiations with vendors on pricing, delivery, service and quality as required and within limitations imposed by purchasing procedures.
  5. Act as an authorized agent of the company with the responsibility to commit company resources through contracts and agreements for the procurement of goods and services. 
  6. Consult with Legal, Finance, Quality and Regulatory during negotiations to resolve supplier contractual issues.
  7. Participate in supplier audits. Assist Quality department in assessing the supplier's ability to meet STERIS quality requirements. Visits supplier sites.
  8. Initiate, evaluate and track supplier cost, quality and delivery improvement initiatives.
  9. Analyze suppliers for financial health and stability of the Company. 
  10. As needed, provide cost forecasts or reports to Financial Department and Supply Chain Manager for area of responsibility. May assist with developing and implementing annual cost reduction program [without compromising the reliability or quality of STERIS' supply chain.
  11. Support STERIS new product initiatives including making supplier recommendations, coordinating supplier selection on new products and participate on new product development teams as required.
  12. Ensure compliance of company procedures and regulatory requirements.

Degree & Required Experience

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Business, Supply Chain, or related field
  2. 3- 6 years progressive experience in procurement field
  3. Professional certification (SPM, CPIM, CSCP) preferred
  4. Experience in a lean manufacturing environment preferred.


STERIS is a $2B+, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with approximately 12,000 associates worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  14979
Category:  Supply Chain Management
City:  Mentor
State:  OH
Postal Code:  44060

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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