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Job Title:  Buyer

Req ID:  27442
Job Category:  Supply Chain Management

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85027


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/planner is responsible for the coordination of all planning activities, namely: MRP runs, Work Orders Creation and Timing/Production Sequencing, Materials Issues and Shortages, Safety Stock Levels, Inventory Turns, Service Levels, Monitoring Sales Orders and Shipments, etc. You will purchase materials, components, goods, and services to support manufacturing operations.  You will also request quotes and identify potential sources of supply that meet cost, quality, and delivery objectives. 


  • Oversee production orders including creation and timing/sequence of them while optimizing size of Work Orders to increase production efficiency and management/optimization of inventory levels.
  • Performs MRP runs to generate materials requirements and anticipate production needs in order to satisfy all Sales Orders fulfillment and achieve target inventory level goals.
  • Work with production department to eliminate constraints and balance production process throughout the operation to minimize/eliminate WIP levels while increasing speed to market. 
  • Act as liaison between Production Departments and Customer Service Department to ensure effective communication while prioritizing customer needs and establishing a healthy balance for production requirements.
  • Responsible for making recommendations for improvement.
  • Purchase assigned commodities according to ERP system messages, requisitions and manual form service requisitions / purchase requisitions.
  • Issue purchase orders and change orders for assigned commodities, ensure that proper internal documentation (requisitions / approvals) and external documentation (specifications, drawings) are provided by requestors and to suppliers.
  • Manage the return of discrepant material to supplier for disposition per the Material Reject Record and coordinate with Receiving, Quality and Accounts Payable in resolving any receiving issues for materials.
  • Utilize ERP reports to ensure adequate inventory of purchased material is maintained in order to meet manufacturing requirements.

Duties - cont'd

  • Communicate timely and current information regarding material availability.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with suppliers, utilize ERP and other systems to monitor and report on supplier performance, coordinate and ensure corrective actions are executed as appropriate.  Primary contact with suppliers for assigned commodities.
  • Ability to identify and define problems/issues, collect data; establish and draw valid conclusions.


Required Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in similar roles.
  • APICS Certified desired.
  • Experience working with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, preferably SAP.
  • Lean manufacturing working knowledge and/or certifications preferred
  • Exceptional organizational skills required.
  • Great communication skills: written and verbal.
  • Strong analytical capabilities and proficiency in MS Excel.
  • Strong Computer skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, etc.


STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers 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:  27442
Job Category:  Supply Chain Management

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85027

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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