Buyer, Direct

Job Locations US-GA-Union City
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The Direct Material Buyer is responsible for  managing inventory levels, placing purchase orders within lead time, and supporting the senior buyer in managing supply agreements between Dendreon’s two production sites (Union City, GA; Seal Beach, CA). The Direct Material Buyer will work closely with the Sr. Buyer in managing all aspects of materials and requisition-to-pay related to direct inventory items in the production of Provenge.


  • Ensures financial authority and compliance in all PO and vendor master activities
  • Develops Contract Approval Forms and obtains required approvals from functional organizations such as Finance and Legal
  • Processes electronically approved requisitions into purchase orders
  • Monitor inventory levels using MRP / ERP systems
  • Create Purchase Orders, track inbound materials from suppliers, and track materials through the quality approval process
  • Support departments where spend isn’t under Procurement management with their ordering needs, as necessary
  • Work with Accounts Payable to resolve invoice and PO issues
  • Coordinate consumable inventory items across manufacturing sites
  • Obtain any information of documents from suppliers as needed
  • Organize, updates, and retains product information files and purchase order records
  • Generate reports and dashboards to management as needed
  • Develop and manage supplier relationships in partnership with internal departments and other key stakeholders
  • Manage and measure supplier performance (cost and quality) for continuous improvement


  • Bachelor’s degree with purchasing-related content required
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant purchasing or materials management experience required
  • Prior experience using ERP Systems such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, or Infor ERPLx required
  • Prior pharmaceutical experience desired
  • Certification from ISM or APICS desired
  • Knowledge of business processes for materials management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), master data configuration and replenishment supply methods

  • Experienced using Word, Excel, Visio, Access and other Microsoft applications

  • Knowledge of Pharmaceutical business preferred

  • Knowledge of the implementation and management of supply agreements


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