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Job Title:  Buyer II

Req ID:  24356
Job Category:  Supply Chain Management

St. Louis, MO, US, 63133


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

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.

Duties - cont'd

  • Authorize payment for purchase; resolve any invoice errors with Accounts Payable.
  • Develop procedures to resolve trending errors thereby preventing reoccurrences. 
  • Reconcile Problem Packing Slips / Bills of Lading / Certificate of Conformance or Analysis and facilitate the return of rejected material.
  • 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.
  • Works with Supply Chain Manager to develop and implement short and long term purchase plans for materials and services in area of responsibility.
  • 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.
  • Consult with Legal, Finance, Quality and Regulatory during negotiations to resolve supplier contractual issues.
  • 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. 
  • Initiate, evaluate and track supplier cost, quality and delivery improvement initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Ensure compliance of company procedures and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain appropriate purchasing files as required.


  • Identify, participate and implement continuous improvement activities to impact overall purchase areas quality, cost and delivery initiatives. 
  • Implement and maintain standard work documentation and other Lean procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Participate in the identification and implementation of root cause and corrective action ideas.
  • Source and secure quotes from qualified suppliers of assigned materials to obintain most favorable prices and services consistent with quality requirements.  Identify prospective suppliers, analyze and determine capabilities.  .
  • Purchase prouct to support Materials Planning, Manufactured Products, and Non-Inventory requriements.  Implements enterprise wide sourcing programs, where applicable.
  • Responsible for insuring the ongoing and uninterrupted flow of materials to support the needs of the factory at all times and under any conditions.
  • Works directly with and closely coordinates with requisitioners including technical stakeholders and/or varying departments to ensure understanding of order placement.
  • Prepare purchase orders, verifying specifications and price.
  • Distribute purchase orders to suppliers.
  • Verify receipt of items; resolve any shipping errors with suppliers as needed.

Education Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Other

Required Experience

3-6 years progressive experienced in procurement field.

Preferred Experience

Experience in a lean manufacturing environment preferred.


Solid understanding of industry and commodity. Proficience with Microsoft Office Word and Excel.  Direct hands-on experience in an MRP system environment required.


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.

Req ID:  24356
Job Category:  Supply Chain Management

St. Louis, MO, US, 63133

Nearest Major Market: St Louis

Job Segment: Procurement, Accounts Payable, Medical, Purchasing, Supply, Operations, Finance, Healthcare