Strategic Operational Buyer

United States, Walkersville (Maryland)

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 IMMEDIATELY hiring a Strategic Operational Buyer or Commodity Manager to proactively manage the performance of raw material suppliers and ensures relevant Procurement Master Data is available and maintained in SAP to be more effective. The Strategic Operational Buyer or Commodity Manager supports the Category Manager and implements supply strategies. Hybrid role with flexibility to work remotely 1-2 days a week.

Key Accountabilities

  • Monitors & tracks supplier performance and feedback

  • Supports implementation of supplier changes

  • Collaborates with procurement team to ensure all relevant material & vendor master data and outline agreements are updated in SAP

  • Manage Level 2 vendor escalations, including Delivery and Shipping related issues

  • Manages vendor performance, driving improvements on time delivery,  quality conformance, and other compliance issues.

  • Manages and resolves vendor returns (RMA, cost recovery, replacements)

  • Supports cross-functional stakeholders to onboard and approve new raw materials and suppliers.

  • Manage competitive bid process and execute RFx market interventions.

  • Negotiating low value contracts with suppliers.

  • Manages AP inquiries (Invoice issues, etc..)

Key Requirements

  • Associates or Bachelors degree in Business, Economics,

    Engineering, Procurement or Supply Chain, preferred

  • Some working experience and knowledge of Operational Procurement and Purchasing Direct Raw Materials

  • Some working experience managing suppliers and negotiations, and conducting competitive bid processes.

  • Some working experience of SAP or other ERP, preferred

  • APICS or equivalent MRP Planner certificate, preferred.

  • Positive attitude with a Customer Service mindset

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.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R44468