Bausch Health

  • Buyer

    Location US-MO-O’Fallon
    Job ID
    Pos. Type
    Full Time
  • Overview

    Responsible for all purchases, both direct and indirect for the St. Louis or O'Fallon manufacturing facilities and External Manufactured products distributed out of Lynchburg, VA.  Manage components from new product development through discontinuation of product, including cost, delivery, inventory and payment.  Participate in cross-functional teams to represent Procurement function.  Manage supplier relationships to drive quality and total cost of acquisition.


    1. Identify and implement cost improvement projects (CIP’s), through design changes, resourcing, and supplier negotiations. Monitor and address PO pricing to reduce negative purchased price variance (PPV).
    2. Manage relationships of key suppliers and develop partnerships that improve overall efficiency, quality and performance.
    3. Plan component requirements using MRP. Communicate potential shortages to appropriate personnel (commercial, planning and manufacturing). Work with suppliers to proactively mitigate shortages, or recover when necessary. 
    4. Place purchase orders with suppliers and monitor adherence to delivery schedules. Reschedule orders based on forecast and requirement changes.
    5. Represent purchasing on project teams for new products. Follow Sourcing and Procurement and Supplier Quality Management process to implement new purchased parts, from concept design to manufacturing launch. 
    6. Comply with all contract terms associated with assigned suppliers. Provide forecasts to suppliers as agreed.
    7. Manage inventory levels. Adjust orders as necessary to reduce excess inventory. Negotiate with suppliers to reduce leadtime and lot sizes. Implement pull systems or other inventory management systems with suppliers to reduce inventory levels.
    8. Manage maintenance of business (MOB) changes and Supplier Requested Changes on purchased components that require a new source or new supplier to ensure smooth transitions and limited scrap costs.  Utilize Supplier Quality Management processes as required. 
    9. Participate in the material review board (MRB) and lead team consensus on disposition of rejected purchased material. Act as primary contact with supplier for some concerns. Follow return to vendor process to return defective product to suppliers.
    10. Address match exceptions and hold outs with suppliers and Accounts Payable to be sure all invoices are paid on time. Address receipt errors, invoice errors, and system errors. 
    11. Maintain supplier information, part MRP data, quote data and other information in ERPLx (MRP System). 
    12. Participate in value streams, and provide purchasing perspective on operational improvements.

    Scope of Position:

    Each production buyer is responsible for ~$25M in spend.

    Entire department manages ~ 450 suppliers.

    Entire department manages ~ 3000 purchased part SKU’s.


    Required Education:

    B.S. or B.A, or equivalent experience.


    Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

    Excellent understanding of MRP, verbal and written communication skills.  Able to use and understand Microsoft Office suite products.  Ability to work well within diverse teams.


    Required Experience:

    1-3 years procurement experience utilizing MRP systems; Experience negotiating with suppliers.

    Preferred Experience:

    Knowledge of manufacturing concepts is highly desirable as well as prior experience in a manufacturing environment. Knowledge of contracts – supply agreements and technical services agreements.


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