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Buyer - Direct Materials


Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

From global research discoveries to clinical breakthroughs – our vision is to become the most influential life sciences company for researchers. If you are motivated by making a real impact to people’s life and have a desire to work in a passionate and diverse community, Abcam is the place for you.

Our culture is driven by our dedicated, agile and audacious community of professionals who are driven by a combined purpose and sense of belonging. We’re incredibly proud to be recognised as one of the top 5 best places to work in the UK for two years running, as per Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award.

Job Description

Our procurement team is looking to add a Buyer to their team in Waltham, MA. Reporting to the Global Category Lead, this person will be managing the day-to-day interaction and sourcing responsibilities across a global supply base, as well as other tasks within the Direct Materials category.

The role involves:

  • Perform due diligence to assess the suitability and sustainability of new suppliers using the preferred Abcam tools and techniques including supplier audits, relevant analysis and contract negotiation
  • Create RFQ’s and conduct benchmark analysis to ensure the supply base is competitive
  • Support the Management of purchase order, invoice and contract discrepancies relating to the Direct Materials supplier base
  • Responsible for contract management and negotiation with selected suppliers
  • Provide day to day procurement support to the Global Sourcing Director and Global Category Lead.


You have a bachelors degree or equivalent in business, economics, supply chain management or other related fields with a minimum of 2 years of procurement/buying experience. You are hold a CPIM (Certification in Planning and Inventory Management) certificate or Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) or are will to enroll and get certified.

You have the ability to negotiate supplier purchase contracts as well as commercial terms and service level agreements. You are self-motivated with strong communication and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and multi-task in a high-paced environment.

You have strong written, oral and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to work well both on a team and independently. You have the desire to be hands on and work an operational level. You can provide examples of strong supplier relationship activities and possess strong analytical skills and strong relationship management. You are proficient with Microsoft Suite and have some experience using Oracle Cloud.

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a fast-paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences, please apply now!

Additional Information

Pay and Benefits

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package, a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development, and a highly flexible working environment.

Inclusion & Diversity

Abcam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.