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Senior Buyer / Planner

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
1305 O'Brien Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States

PacBio offers a wide range of programs and services designed to help our employees grow in their career and achieve an appropriate work/life balance. We support the inclusion of all employees and take pride in being an excellent career choice.

Our compensation and benefits packages are designed to motivate and recognize quality work. While specific offerings vary by country, programs may include:

Healthcare and insurance plans

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • Life and accident insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Healthcare pre-tax spending accounts
  • Health savings account

Family benefits

  • Dependent pre-tax spending accounts
  • New parent leave

Commuting benefits

  • Commuter/parking pre-tax spending accounts
  • Shuttle service to and from local Caltrain stations
  • Bike lockers and shower facilities

Financial planning

  • Restricted stock units
  • 401(k) plan


  • Annual Health Fair
  • Employee assistance programs and work-life assistance
  • Fully equipped on-campus fitness center
  • Certified instructor-led fitness classes
Job Description

Pacific Biosciences is seeking a talented, driven, well-rounded and experienced purchasing professional in Menlo Park, California. The ideal candidate possesses the skill and drive necessary to assist in the development and implementation of a scalable “world class” materials management and purchasing strategy. They must also have a passion for PacBio's relevant technology with strong interpersonal skills for dealing with all levels of the organization.

The qualified candidate has demonstrated the ability to pursue innovative supplier management solutions based on extensive experience in managing complex supply chain.  A successful track record of managing complex commodities along with contracts negotiation and administration experience is desired.  Support of supplier quality management through performance management, non-conforming materials management is essential. 

This position reports to the Senior Materials Manager within Supply Chain.


  • Manage the supply chain relating to complex instrumentation and support of contract manufacturers.   
  • Support contract negotiations with critical supply base to ensure reduced risk in the supply chain.
  • Accountable for the proper execution of the purchase plans and ensuring that product is available per the MRP.
  • Responsible for the direct procurement of assigned commodities/suppliers through purchase order generation, placement and confirmations along with monitoring open order reports and order maintenance in support of on time delivery metrics.
  • Control and coordinate communications with the supplier. Conduct periodic business reviews. Drive supplier-specific initiatives (inventory, delivery, change orders, cost reduction, etc.) and resolve issues.
  • Compile, evaluate, and monitor supplier scorecard results, including monitoring the financial health of the supplier base.
  • Communicate road map forecasts to the supplier and share supplier development plans.
  • Work closely with SCM, Stockroom and Production to meet product build plans – Shortages resolution, MRB support, RTV as well as support of Financial and Operations objectives.
  • Support the management of all exhausted material; eliminate obsolete materials and MRB to rework/RTV.
  • Drive the implementation of change orders (CO’s). Which includes timely disposition of all obsolete, excess, exhaust, and rework material related to the CO both internally and at supplier locations.
  • Maintain optimal inventory levels through the active use of MRP and the maintenance of all required parameters including assembly lead times, days’ supply, EOQ, etc. for all assemblies.
  • Resolution of problems relating to shortages, variances, or other impediments to smooth material flow through the factory.
  • Support supplier quality management objectives and issue resolution through direct responsibility for non-conformance investigations/resolutions, effective SCAR management, supplier performance monitoring and score carding as well as overall procurement group performance metrics.
  • Active support of R&D and new product activities. Activities may include outsourcing of subassemblies and finished devices as well as selection and qualification of new supply sources.

 All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional tasks and responsibilities.


Position Requirements:

  • BS/BA in Business Administration or related undergraduate degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 8-12 years of diversified experience in Procurement and Supply Chain.
  • Experience using SAP ERP, MS Excel, MS Word, Agile PLM.
  • Experienced in ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 requirements and implementation a plus.
  • Ideal candidate has ERP experience and demonstrated results in planning/procurement of a variety of commodities, materials shortage management, inventory control support as well as supplier performance metrics.
  • A proven track record of delivering on commitments within timeline and budget is required.
  • Demonstrated high level skills in managing complex projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Excellent written and oral skills.
  • A team player that will thrive with self-initiative and direction.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

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