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Avantor, Inc. Buyer - Supply Chain Operations in United States

Job SummaryResponsible for purchasing commodity products, chemicals, equipment, and supplies. The buyer is responsible for all aspects of daily purchase order management and is able to solve complex problems with innovation and ingenuity. Supports the Marketing and S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning) team and assists in resolution of pricing and product issues. Exercises considerable latitude in determining objectives and prioritizing workload, committing VWR financial resources, and using considerable judgment in complex situations that include escalation as necessary to support some of our most critical accounts.


  • Key owner of the supplier relationship. In conjunction with VWR Market Managers, owns and resolves the daily tactical supply chain issues such as backorder resolution, open order expediting, lead time management, supplier production issues, etc. Assists in supplier planning sessions in support of VWR goals and objectives.

  • Supports new stocking request, product launches, product promotions, or discontinuations.

  • Proactively analyzes and makes suggestions to the planning team with regards to replenishment strategies to optimize inventory investment.

  • Identifies and corrects Supply Chain constraints (disruptions in supply) by acting as liaison between Sales, Customer Service, Warehouse and Suppliers.

  • Expedites, cancels /defers and ensures system generated and manual purchase orders are aligned to support Customer need dates and communication throughout the organization as required.

  • Evaluates suppliers based on capability, performance and delivery.

  • Proactive reviews to prevent/minimize stock-outs; accountable for timely resolution of supply chain issues.

  • Works with suppliers to improve delivery dates and lead time.

  • Works with peers to manage supply chain standard operating procedures and create new documents when needed.

  • Embraces innovation. Stays alert to opportunities to make processes better and contributes innovative ideas for improvement. May lead process improvement projects. Adapt quickly to change.

  • Continual learning focus with demonstrated initiative to acquire new knowledge and experiences. Takes accountability for one’s own continuing development.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education/Training, Experience and Certifications)

  • BS degree in Logistics, Business, or related field or equivalent experience required; MBA a plus

  • 2-5+ years working in a procurement capacity or degree in Supply Chain Management and related internship

  • APICS/CPIM certification desirable

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those necessary to perform the job competently)

  • Proficient in MS office suite (Excel, Access, Word), Demonstrated ability to analyze large data sets

  • Solid written and verbal communication skills, work experience in a matrix environment desirable.

  • Formal problem solving training highly desirable, i.e. Six Sigma

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong time management and organizational skills. Focus oriented with attention to detail

  • Solid negotiating skills

  • Ability to work independently without direct oversight


Typically works in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation and a normal range of temperature and noise level.

Work assignments are diversified. Examples of past precedent are used to resolve work problems. New alternatives may be developed to resolve problems.

A frequent volume of work and deadlines impose strain on routine basis.

Minimal physical effort is required. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or carrying objects that typically weigh less than 10 lbs.

DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

EEO Statement

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at TalentManagement@avantorsciences.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW Poster, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Provision using the links below.

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3rd party non-solicitation policy

By submitting candidates without having been formally assigned on and contracted for a specific job requisition by Avantor, or by failing to comply with the Avantor recruitment process, you forfeit any fee on the submitted candidates, regardless of your usual terms and conditions. Avantor works with a preferred supplier list and will take the initiative to engage with recruitment agencies based on its needs and will not be accepting any form of solicitation

Avantor® is a leading global provider of integrated, tailored solutions for the life sciences and advanced technology industries. Strengthened by the recent acquisition of VWR, the Company is a trusted partner to customers and suppliers from discovery to delivery. With operations in more than 30 countries and a diverse portfolio that includes more than four million products, Avantor enables customer success through innovation, cGMP manufacturing and comprehensive service offerings. Collectively, we set science in motion to create a better world.

Learn more at www.avantorsciences.com