Zymergen is hiring a

Buyer II

Emeryville, United States

 Buyer II

Job Description and Specific Responsibilities

Zymergen has an excellent opportunity for a Buyer position. This position will report directly to our Purchasing Manager and will support both the R&D and Operations teams. In this role you will work closely with your finance and facilities team mates to process orders, inventory supplies, track orders and deliveries, interact with vendors, negotiate pricing and implement internal material tracking systems.  

As a Buyer, you will also interact heavily with the finance and accounting team on invoices and accounts payable and assist with defining workflows and requirements for our ERP system implementation team.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast paced environment, have a talent for developing and implementing processes within a growing organization and become a valuable partner to all of our internal customers.

Immediate responsibilities include:

  • Purchasing scientific equipment from a wide range of  suppliers
  • Negotiate with vendors on discounts, shipping, terms, exclusives, RTVs, credits, etc.
  • Purchasing and negotiating common consumables and lab supplies both for traditional wet lab work and automation
  • Placing orders via the web, email and phone
  • Manage and maintain adequate inventory levels of all raw materials

Qualifications and Experience

  • 2-5 years experience in an  comparable procurement or supply chain role.
  • Ability to independently source alternate suppliers for faster delivery or better pricing
  • Familiarity with commonly-known sources and suppliers of laboratory supplies, consumables, and chemicals is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the various shipping options, carriers and alternate methods such as drop shipping
  • Experience with a software based purchasing systems
  • Experience with an ERP system is a plus
  • Experience working with Accounts Payable and Finance departments to resolve invoicing and payment discrepancies.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem identification, analysis and resolution.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess needs, and ability to assist in training co-workers on systems and software.  
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Intermediate computer skills and ability to learn new applications
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a collaborative or team setting

Additional Details

  • Experience purchasing for a fast growing bio-tech or scientific lab environment is a plus
  • Ability to communicate in Mandarin Chinese (verbal and written) is a plus

Founded in 2013 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zymergen is a technology company unlocking the power of biology. We deliver better economics for products made from biology that are used across industries, bring new products to market faster, and develop novel products. Our proprietary platform uses robots and machine learning to engineer microbes faster, more predictably, and to a level of performance previously unattainable. These microbes, and the products they produce, have broad applications across industries such as chemicals and materials, agriculture, and healthcare. For more information visit www.zymergen.com.


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