Staff Buyer – Clinical Service Labs - 6792BR

Illumina, Inc.
Job Location
Redwood City, CA 94063
Job Description

Do you want to make a difference? Illumina’s mission is to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. If that inspires you, let’s talk. We’ve built a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration and openness, and established ourselves as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies. Our people and our technology change lives by driving advancements in life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture and other emerging markets. Life at Illumina is about working with teammates who are deeply passionate about what we do, because we know that our work has the power to improve lives. We’re an established company with a track record of phenomenal growth. Just check out our investor events and presentations to learn about our financial accomplishments. Our growth isn’t just in financials, we’ve been busy hiring the best and the brightest. Perhaps that’s why MIT has ranked Illumina near the top of its World’s Smartest Companies each of the last three years. If you thrive in a brilliant, fast-paced, and mission-driven environment, Illumina is the place for you. Join the journey of a lifetime. Join Illumina.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate with suppliers for the best price and delivery of the required materials in the correct quantity and quality and ensure timely and accurate placement of stock orders
  • Develop strategic long term supply strategies supporting a pull based replenishment model in a clinical regulated environment. Work with suppliers on managing Lot Phase-In, Material Sequestering and release scheduling
  • Oversee material expediting activities and alternative sourcing where required. Analyze incoming requisitions and shortage reports for delivery requirements, quality, product and lot specification and pricing
  • Collaborate closely with Clinical Lab Services LabOps and Inventory Control Stakeholders on material needs and scheduling
  • Create and manage purchase orders based on MRP signals and other internal software tools
  • Resolve receiving and accounts payable discrepancies
  • Works closely with Assay Development teams on new product launches and enhanced product attributes
  • Solicit competitive bids, evaluate proposals, obtain necessary purchasing approvals, negotiate or assist in the negotiation of contract terms, and expedite orders to ensure contract terms are met
  • Generate the most suitable purchasing arrangement such as contracts, blanket orders and vendor stocking arrangements to streamline and obtain optimum pricing
  • Analyze incoming requisitions and shortage reports for quality, specification, pricing and delivery requirements and validation of MRP output
  • Strategic assessment of situations, best practice and recommendation for action resulting in favorable outcomes
  • Strong team player with ability to work closely with Clinical Lab Services stakeholders
  • Prefer experience in reagents, chemicals and consumables
  • Support requirements for Supplier Qualification and Monitoring process including external supplier audits
  • Support Supplier Scorecard process and Supplier QBR’s



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience required.  Bachelor’s Degree in Operations, Logistics, Business Administration, Supply Chain or Life Science disciplines is preferred
  • CPM and / or CPIM preferred
  • 8 years’ experience related to sourcing, purchasing, negotiating and expediting experience.  Bioscience background preferred, CLIA experience is a plus
  • Experienced with MRP, SAP, and Ariba preferred
  • Exceptional customer service skills and experience
  • Excellent Analytical skills and problem solver. Someone with the ability to measure and analyze potential issues while proactively address problems before they exist
  • Effective verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of procurement, supplier relations, and inventory management
  • High attention to detail and ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Proven ability to negotiate




Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact us at 858-246-8959. To learn more, visit:

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