Senior Buyer

Job Title:Senior Buyer
Location UK ~ Nottingham
UK ~ Homebased
Type: Full Time, Permanent

Company Overview

Quotient Sciences is a drug development and manufacturing accelerator providing integrated programs and tailored services across the entire development pathway. Cutting through silos across a range of drug development capabilities, we help biotech and pharma customers save precious time and money in getting drugs to patients.

As a growing and successful business, we employ more than 1,300 talented individuals globally, located at state-of-the-art development, manufacturing, clinical and data sciences facilities in the UK and USA.

Science, Agility and Culture are the core components that define Quotient Sciences, enabling us to do what we do in the way that we do it. People join Quotient Sciences because we are a respected member of the drug development community, driven by an unswerving belief that ideas need to become solutions, and molecules need to become cures, fast. Because humanity needs solutions, fast.

The Role

Due to business growth, we have a new career opportunity at our site in Nottingham for a Senior Buyer to join the Procurement team. The Procurement function is a growing team of 10 colleagues based in Nottingham and Philadelphia.

Reporting to the Group Director, Procurement, the Senior Buyer will be responsible for the sourcing and procurement of high quality supplies, equipment, materials and services required to support the various business units at Quotient Sciences and providing purchasing support to the business. 

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Partner with key stakeholders to develop and maintain in-depth understanding of all sites’ operations to determine essential goods and services to support the business needs.
  • Develop, lead and execute purchasing strategies for specific spend categories and tender as appropriate.
  • Track and report key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness.
  • Proactively track competitive supplier sources to assure supply of the highest quality and appropriate cost materials, goods and/or services in support of operations.
  • Forecast price and market trends to identify changes of balance in buyer-supplier power.
  • Carry out regular price benchmarking assessments and negotiate prices with suppliers.
  • Craft negotiation strategies and negotiate supplier contracts to ensure fair and equitable terms and conditions.
  • Assess, manage and mitigate risks associated with the inbound supply chain.
  • In conjunction with the Group Director of Procurement, develop and administer policies, procedures and/or systems to support best in class practices.
  • Investigate and resolve local purchasing discrepancies with suppliers and Finance.
  • Processing of purchase orders through the ERP system (includes checking and amending order details, consolidating orders where possible, placing and chasing orders with suppliers, liaising with end users).
  • Provide general assistance to the Group Director of Procurement and the global purchasing function as necessary. Liaise with the Purchasing Manager, US on specific projects as necessary.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will have a degree, ideally in Business or Purchasing and be CIPS qualified, or working towards this.  You will also have previous experience in a senior procurement role with demonstrable achievements in various spend categories.  Previous experience of working within a regulated environment is preferred but not essential.

Other skills and experience required:

  • Highly computer literate
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines
  • Full UK driving licence

Company benefits

In return you will receive a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, excellent training, and development, as well as an exciting career within a fast paced and dynamic business.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Quotient Sciences are advocates for positive change and conscious inclusion.

We strive to create a diverse Quotient family by remaining committed to the development of our culture, equality, mindset, diversity & inclusion in the workplace.

As a global employer, we recognise the value in having an organisation that is a true reflection and representation of our society today. All applicants welcome.