Operational Buyer Direct

China, Guangzhou

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

Lonza is establishing a strategic biomanufacturing base in China using GE Healthcare Solutions. With the new facility, Lonza is responding to growing demand for a high-quality CDMO in the Chinese market.

Operational Buyer Direct will proactively manage the performance of raw material suppliers, to ensure the Material Requirement Plan can be realized. Ensure relevant Procurement Master Data is available and maintained in SAP so the Material Requirements Plan (MRP) can be calculated reliably and the PO creation process can be as effective as possible. Support the category manager and strategic buyers to implement their supply strategies. Cooperate closely with Accounts Payable to resolve invoice queries

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of vendor management
  • Ensure relevant material & vendor master data and outline agreements / PO Contracts are available in SAP and are up to date
  • Negotiate low value contracts with suppliers & support the implementation of supplier changes and other initiatives led by Central Category managers and Site Strategic Buyers
  • Manage all Level 2 Vendor issues
  • Manage Vendor performance, driving improvements on time delivery, quality conformance, and compliance issues
  • Manage and resolve Vendor Returns (RMA, Cost Recovery, Replacements)
  • Perform regular open order review meeting with Vendors
  • Support new supplier qualification and on-boarding for direct materials

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor in Business, Economics, Engineering, Procurement or Supply Chain equivalent
  • Experience and knowledge of both Operational Procurement and Purchasing of Direct (Raw Materials) (e.g. Purchase Requisition to Purchase Order Process)
  • Conducting competitive bid processes
  • Experience of managing suppliers and carrying out low value negotiations
  • Able to persuade and influence suppliers to achieve best outcome for Lonza
  • Hands on experience of using SAP ERP in a purchasing/procurement role
  • Hands on experience of using Microsoft Office
  • Ideally APICS or equivalent MRP Planner certificate

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R38941