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Senior Buyer

Umoja Biopharma

Umoja Biopharma

Software Engineering, Accounting & Finance
Louisville, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

Umoja Biopharma is a game-changing biotech start-up with locations in Seattle, WA and Boulder, CO, focused on transforming the treatment of cancer with a novel integrated immunotherapy platform. Our vision is to develop off-the-shelf therapies capable of treating any tumor, any time. We are a diverse and growing team working in brand-new facilities in downtown Seattle, Washington, and Boulder, Colorado, and we are looking for innovative thinkers who are excited by groundbreaking science and technology, and passionate about squaring up to the challenges inherent to cutting edge drug development. We are committed to the principles of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and strongly invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who share our commitment and help position Umoja as a leader in this front.

We at Umoja believe in the importance of stories; we are looking for great people to join our team to help us create more stories for ourselves, for you, and most importantly for patients and their families.

Umoja Biopharma – Your Body. Your Hope. Your Cure.

Position Summary

Umoja Biopharma is seeking an experienced Senior Buyer to join our fast-paced Procurement department. This position will be responsible for leading the purchasing activities for GMP and manufacturing support materials for our Colorado teams. The Senior Buyer will work closely with Supply Chain, MSAT, Lab Ops, Manufacturing, Quality, and the Warehouse teams. This position will require a high level of accuracy, compliance and planning as our company continues to build and grow. We are looking for a self-starter who brings their excellent communication skills and ability to flex and pivot in an ever-changing start-up environment.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Review purchase requests for accuracy and place orders
  • Onboard new suppliers when appropriate
  • Track order progress and engage with suppliers for any order problems
  • Assist the Accounting department with reconciling discrepant invoices
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain, LabOps, and suppliers to forecast and plan raw material supply
  • Ensure all new GMP material requests are accurate
  • Follow current SOPs and quality compliance guidelines for all GMP orders
  • Assist Quality on identifying, vetting, and verifying new GMP suppliers and manufacturing sites
  • Support Corrective Action Requests as necessary
  • Maintain positive working relationship with key suppliers, communicating the business’s priorities, production changes, and corresponding material and service requirements
  • Manage supplier performance and track KPIs as required by Leadership
  • Engage with key business stakeholders to understand their unique needs
  • Be a champion for policy, process, and compliance by using written documents as a guiding light for all GMP-related procurement activities
  • Support a manual material and inventory tracking system as we transition to an electronic/automated ERP system
  • Participate as a Procurement SME in Phase I and Phase II SAP implementation project
  • Assist the Procurement Lead with ad hoc requests or projects

The successful candidate will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of purchasing experience or a high school diploma with 7+ years of purchasing experience in a similar industry
  • Working knowledge of ordering procedures, production planning, inventory replenishment methods, MRP, and ERP systems
  • Some experience with SAP S/4 HANA
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a start-up environment
  • Biotech or healthcare experience
  • Experience working in a regulated manufacturing environment
  • Detail oriented with the ability to identify and solve complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience negotiating preferable pricing, terms, and lead times with suppliers
  • Drive to connect with business stakeholders on a regular basis
  • Confidence to ask questions to gain understanding, clarity and insight in a novel, ever-changing environment
  • High level of efficiency and sense of urgency
  • Ability to work well on a team while also completing tasks independently

Physical Requirements

  • Preference to have this position onsite in Louisville, CO
  • If remote, this position is required to travel at least 25% of the time

Salary Range: $89,000 - $120,000

Benefits Offerings

Umoja Biopharma offers its employees competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision plans through Premera Blue Cross, Delta Dental, and VSP. Additionally, we offer Umojians access to a 401k plan through Fidelity, with a 100% match up to their first 6% deferral. Umoja also provides a competitive, unlimited Paid Time Off policy, employee commuter benefits, and childcare reimbursement. For a full breakdown of our benefits offerings, please see the Benefits section of our website.