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Job Title:  Buyer

Req ID:  29229
Job Category:  Manufacturing Operations

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447


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 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 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.

Duties - cont'd

  • Develop, maintain, and recommend suppliers to support departmental and corporate Quality, Delivery, Cost and Inventory objectives. 
  • Secure and analyze quotes; select existing and/or source new suppliers, negotiate price, payment terms and lead time with suppliers to include maintenance of information in appropriate system databases.  Conduct negotiations of supply agreements with suppliers.
  • Interview and confer with current and prospective suppliers to determine supply capabilities, transportation logistics, inventory control, and management.
  • Actively participate in overall product strategy development, R&D requirements and manufacturing coordination for new and emerging products as assigned.
  • Occasional travel required to resolve supplier issues and develop new sources.


Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain or related field. (11 years progressive experience in procurement required in lieu of Bachelor's Degree in Business, Supply Chain or related field).
  • 3-6 years progressive experience in procurement field.
  • Professional certification (SPM, CPIM, CSCP) preferred
  • Experience in a lean manufacturing Environment preferred.
  • Experience working with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, preferably SAP.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products.
  • Familiarity with ISO, FDA, and GMP requirements. 
  • Experience negotiating supplier contracts and executing cost savings projects.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications.
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and work well within cross-functional team environments.


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:  29229
Job Category:  Manufacturing Operations

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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