Senior Buyer

Twist Bioscience
Job Location
San Francisco, CA
Job Description

Scope of Position:

Twist Bioscience has developed a disruptive Synthetic DNA technology that will change the world. We are rapidly scaling up and need to develop an excellent supply chain team in order to make it happen. We need a passionate, highly skilled, and strong team player to optimize savings and service level for our indirect material and service spend. The ideal candidate must thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and be able to take a leadership role in developing great processes and top-notch supplier partnerships. This role requires an individual that can be effective at being hands-on in the short-term while developing a strategic path forward that will deliver world-class purchasing processes and service in the long run.

The Senior Buyer will:

  • Develop supplier relationships and contracts that improve quality, pricing, and service levels for Twist’s indirect material and services spend.
  • Partner with the IT, Sales & Marketing, Facilities, R&D, Engineering, HR, and Operations groups to develop and implement solutions for a wide variety of indirect materials and services.
  • Develop the procurement system and processes by driving continuous improvement and collaboration across the Twist organization.
  • Lead resolution of supplier performance issues.
  • Support related procurement activities as assigned by the Director of Supply Chain. 



Failure to perform the essential functions of this job may lead to or result in: service disruptions; increased costs; inefficient procurement operations; poor relationships with suppliers and internal customers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and deliver on cost savings opportunities.
  • Contracts (Strategy development, negotiation & compliance management)
  • Supplier Management (Quality, cost, delivery, and service level)
  • Negotiate optimal terms with suppliers (price, delivery, and payment terms).  Demand the best overall value.
  • Clearly communicate requirements to suppliers, both verbally and in writing.
  • Deliver a high level of customer service within the company.
  • Lead preparation and execution of Supplier Business Reviews.
  • Compliance to procurement policies & procedures.

Expected Skills:

Contract negotiations

- Able to develop a strategy with stakeholders, plan the negotiation and negotiate in a demanding yet professional manner. Establish best practice terms

Problem Solving

- Ability to quickly analyze problems, investigate and determine solutions

Project Managemen-

- Able to define goals and plans, then manage a project to successful completion.


- Able to manage a wide variety of tasks, maintain and communicate task status to stakeholders.  Proactive follow-up to ensure on-time completion of deliverables.

Analytical and Presentation

- Able to present detailed analyses and proposals to all levels of management.  Proficient with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing indirect material and services spend categories such as: IT software & hardware; cloud services; travel; facilities; technical consulting.
  • 10 years of purchasing experience in technology-driven companies where the expected skill set above was used extensively.
How to Apply

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About Our Organization

At Twist Bioscience, our expertise is accelerating science and innovation by leveraging the power of scale. We have developed a proprietary semiconductor-based synthetic DNA manufacturing process featuring a 10,000-well high throughput silicon platform capable of producing synthetic biology tools, including genes, oligonucleotide pools and variant libraries. By synthesizing DNA on silicon instead of on traditional 96-well plastic plates, our platform overcomes the current inefficiencies of synthetic DNA production, and enables cost-effective, rapid, high-quality and high throughput synthetic gene production, which in turn, expedites the design, build, test cycle to enable personalized medicines, pharmaceuticals, sustainable chemical production, improved agriculture production, diagnostics, biodetection and data storage. For more information, please visit Twist Bioscience is on Twitter. Sign up to follow our Twitter feed @TwistBioscience at

Twist Bioscience is an equal opportunity employer.

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