Senior Buyer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 6/10/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP000558

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).



  • Coordinates purchasing activities with manufacturing and engineering departments to acquire inventory in a cost effective and timely manner.

  • Obtains materials, components, equipment and services.

  • Monitors the cost, schedule and scope of assigned subcontracts to assure highest quality at best value.

  • Manage assigned suppliers and commodities to acquire inventory in a cost effective, high quality performance to demand requirements.

  • Dramatically improve supplier performance program through our supplier review board.

  • Acquire and maintain technical understanding of products purchased.

  • Develop new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate.

  • Recommend cost saving proposals including make-versus-buy analysis, alternative sourcing and vendor evaluation criteria.

Job Requirements


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level.  MBA or Master's is preferred.

  • A minimum of 10+ years related experience in vendor management for a $40M plus revenue company preferred in a diagnostic or pharmaceutical environment.

  • Candidate should be familiar with raw materials used in biomedical device, pharmaceutical manufacturing.

  • Candidate should also be experienced with SOP's, GMP, JIT, MRP and should have experience with APICS principles.

  • Candidate should be comfortable and adept at Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Proficiency in all MS Office application.

  • Experience working with SAP.

  • Demonstrated successful contract supplier negotiation involving any of the following: cost reduction independent of volume increase, vendor managed inventory, supply flexibility increase

Preferred Qualifications

  • New Product Introduction experience

  • ERP experience, SAP preferred.

  • Contract Negotiations

  • Experience in a medical device, in vitro diagnostics or pharmaceutical environment.

  • Familiarity with raw materials used in biomedical device, pharmaceutical manufacturing.

  • Experience with Standard operating procedures, Good Manufacturing & Documentation practices.

  • APICS certification.

  • Experience working with product lifecycle mgmt., document control and enterprise quality management systems.

  • Negotiates favorable terms, volume discounts and long-term contracts with suppliers, and prepares and processes requisitions and purchase orders for the procurement of goods, services and supplies for customer-related business processes or for internal use. 

  • Conducts full development life cycle including interviews of users, development of requirements documents, creating design specifications and implementation of requirements. 

  • Drive ongoing supplier optimization and continuous improvement.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 62,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,300% over 20 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.