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Job Title:  Buyer

Req ID:  17333
Job Category:  Supply Chain Management
Country:  US
State:  OH
City:  Mentor
Zip:  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

Come join our VHP team as a Buyer who is responsible for the purchase of assigned commodities to meet production and internal needs. The VHP Buyer will identify and select Suppliers, negotiate prices and terms, establish and manage relationships with designated Suppliers, manage the purchasing cycle, and address Supplier quality issues to conform to STERIS’s engineering documents, policies, procedure, work instructions, and ISO/GMP requirements. 

  • Secures quotes from qualified suppliers of assigned materials to obtain most favorable prices and services consistent with quality requirements.
  • Purchases product to support Manufactured Products and non inventory requirements.
  • Expedites purchase orders in order to maintain material flow and provide customer requests.
  • Maintains appropriate purchasing files as required.
  • Plans and negotiates long-term contracts with favorable impact on inventory goals, quality, continuity of supply and corporate cost objectives.
  • Negotiates and facilitate the return of rejected and obsolete material.
  • Reconciles Accounts Payable discrepancies.   
  • Analyzes suppliers for financial health and stability of the Company.  Assists quality department in assessing the supplier’s ability to meet STERIS quality requirements.
  • Manages commodity to meet strategic position of the company. Selects and maintain suppliers to support manufacturing and corporate procurement requirements.
  • Selects and maintains suppliers to support manufacturing and corporate procurement requirements.
  • Works with Quality Control for inventory items and the requisitioners for non-inventory items to assure that the supplier fully understands the quality requirements of the purchase.
  • Participates in any quality audits of assigned supplier and maintains records, which will allow STERIS to evaluate supplier performance. 


Education Degree
  • High School Diploma or GED
Required Experience
  • Minimum of one (1) to (3) years experience in purchasing, quality control, engineering, marketing, manufacturing, or industrial engineering. Experience needed and degree preferred in Supply Chain Management. Solid understanding of industry and commodity.
  • Possess strong negotiating skills- ability to reach agreement while avoiding conflict / dispute. Able to achieve favorable outcome for STERIS. 
  • Capable of reading and interpreting blueprints
  • Experience in a lean manufacturing environment preferred. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Word and Excel. Direct hands on experience in an MRP system environment preferred.
  • Displays willingness to make timely decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgement; includes appropriate people in decision making process; makes timely decisions.
  • Ability to work in a team environment. Adapts to changes in work environment; able to deal with frequent change, delay, or unexpected events.






STERIS is a $3B, 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.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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