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Date: Sep 15, 2022

Location: Cartago, CR

Company: Terumo BCT, Inc.

Requisition ID:  29932  


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, our 7,000+ global associates are proud to come to work each day, knowing that what we do impacts the lives of patients around the world.


We make medical devices and related products that are used to collect, separate, manufacture and process various components of blood and cells. With our innovative technologies and service offerings, we touch a patient’s life every second of every day and are committed to continuing to increase the number of patients we serve.


With some of the best and brightest minds in the industry, an unmatched global footprint, comprehensive benefits and a distinct culture, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a great place to work, grow and be part of a team that is focused on making a difference. Consider joining our team and unlock your potential.


JOB TITLE: Sr. Buyer



Supports the business through sourcing activities and executes tactical processes to capture value & savings. Purchasing activities includes sourcing, supplier inquiries, bid/quote evaluation, purchase order creation and management in accordance with defined processes and procedures, materials management, and significant cross-functional teamwork and communication.




  • Follows specific standards, operating procedures, and detailed instructions in support of assigned business areas and or commodity groups.
  • Is a Representative on projects involving other company associates and possibly external stakeholders to coordinate activities, develop key measures, modify systems, monitor processes, and resolve problems. 
  • Develops solutions to non-routine problems of moderate to intermediate complexity within the areas of support or expertise.  Issues may involve both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Analyses purchase requirements within MRP and executes according to business needs and inventory targets
  • Examines and analyzes purchase requisitions for completeness and accuracy of information; contacts department or Originator to complete or for clarification; determines best method to process requisition based on dollar amount, timeliness required, existing open contracts, and or competitive bidding procedures.
  • Identifies and selects sources to procure requisitioned commodities or services, meeting criteria such as price, quantity, quality and delivery date and places orders.
  • Negotiates cost and value on behalf of the company
  • Initiates and performs supplier set up and ongoing supplier evaluation activities. 
  • Actively participate in cost reduction programs and continuous improvement efforts.
  • Add and maintain supplier and materials system data in ERP system.






Bachelor’s degree or, equivalent of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job may be considered.



Minimum 8 years’ experience (sourcing, procurement, planning, engineering or similar roles).

Medical device industry experience preferred.

Materials and supply chain certifications (CSCP, CPIM, CPM) preferred.

Working knowledge of SAP preferred.



  • Knowledge of manufacturing, quality, planning, documentation systems and processes.
  • Demonstrate ability to interact with diplomacy and tact while maintaining appropriate assertiveness and persistence.
  • Independently sets priorities and accomplishes objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, improve, and maintain strong supplier relationships.
  • Strong emphasis on communication skills with internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in addition to meeting deadlines in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and use of relevant PC software applications and skills to use them effectively.




An equivalent competency level acquired through a variation of these qualifications may be considered.




Typical Office Environment requirements include: reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, walking, bending, sitting, and occasional lifting up to 20 pounds.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.



  • Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is part of Terumo Group, founded in 1921 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • In 2019, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies reached $1 billion in revenue.
  • We employ nearly 7,000 associates globally, with global headquarters in Lakewood, CO, U.S., and regional headquarters in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo.
  • We manufacture devices, disposable sets and solutions at our facilities in Belgium, India, Japan, Northern Ireland, the U.S. and Vietnam. Our global presence enables us to serve customers in more than 130 countries.
  • Our core values help set our direction, guide our actions and keep us true to our corporate mission of contributing to society through healthcare.
    • Respect – Appreciative of others
    • Integrity – Guided by our mission
    • Care – Empathetic to patients
    • Quality – Committed to excellence
    • Creativity – Striving for innovation

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