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  • Job reference: 932372
  • Location: Carlsbad, California
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Life Sciences, Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Date posted: 15/10/2020

We at Orion Group are currently recruiting a Buyer on behalf of one of our Multinational Medical Device Clients based in Carlsbad, CA on an initial 6 month contract.

As a Buyer you will be responsible for procuring assigned materials to ensure regional supply. The purpose is to balance the objectives of maximum product availability with strategic inventory plans. Products are purchased from key suppliers or internal manufacturing sites to replenish the Distribution Center. Execution of the purchasing function is done via systemic trigger points or to a forecast. Additionally, the Buyer may be responsible for analyzing inventory trends, proposing process improvements, and aiding in the generation of key reports and metrics.


  • Obtaining materials, components, equipment, and services based on material requirements planning (MRP) or requisition.
  • Maintain procurement records for purchases made.
  • Coordinating purchasing activities with manufacturing and other departments to acquire/maintain inventory at planned level.
  • Resolving incorrect invoices, shipping errors, cancellation of orders, replacements of materials not meeting company specifications including engineering changes.
  • Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on-time and in the event of problems, trace shipments and follow up on undelivered goods.
  • Timely and effective communication of forecasts and purchase orders to suppliers.
  • Process non-conforming material requests and RMA requests with supply chain partners.
  • Daily backorder review/expedites and management.
  • Provide and/or analyze reports, as needed.
  • Minimize scrap due to age and obsolescence.
  • Process vendor returns, MRB and resolving inbound supplier issues.
  • Various additional tasks assigned by the manager from time-to-time.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or related field and at least 3+ years purchasing experience is required.
  • Purchasing experience in a manufacturing or service spares distribution role.
  • Knowledge of warehouse management operations and inventory control methods in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with little direct supervision.
  • Skilled at managing multiple tasks, while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy under tight time deadlines.
  • Ability to evaluate, prioritize and problem solve to ensure timely and accurate completion of tasks.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of internal and external partners.
  • Knowledge of Oracle Planning/Procurement is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with other ERP systems, like JD Edwards or SAP will be considered.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office is required, (e.g., Excel, Word, etc.).
  • Ability to apply critical thinking/analysis.

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.