Buyer at Tempus (Chicago, IL)

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Recent advancements in underlying technology have finally made it possible for AI to impact clinical care in a meaningful way. Tempus' proprietary platform connects an entire ecosystem of real-world evidence to deliver real-time, actionable insights to physicians, providing critical information about the right treatments for the right patients, at the right time

We're on a mission to connect an entire ecosystem to redefine how genomic data is used in clinical settings. The new and rapidly growing supply chain team at Tempus is passionate about supporting this effort and is searching for a new buyer to assist procure the necessary supplies for a growing facility and operation.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage purchasing for subset of Tempus laboratories’ supply, service and fixed asset requirements including sourcing, quotation and purchasing.
  • Process purchase orders within ERP system (NetSuite) and follow up with vendors and internal customers as necessary until goods are delivered.
  • Resolve supplier issues if deliveries are defective or incorrect.
  • Establish trust and build effective business relationships with vendors and internal stakeholders for short and long term partnership.
  • Assist in sourcing RFQ efforts among multiple suppliers and negotiate optimal cost.
  • Coordinate rush orders with suppliers as needed.
  • Develop and maintain list of alternate item recommendations for plastic consumables.
  • Aid supply chain planning function in creating, presenting and providing qualitative feedback on vendor report cards.
  • Understand cost drivers in the biotechnology space and help drive cost control efforts.
  • Assist in periodic running, creation and improvement of supply chain ERP reports related to purchase orders, purchase history, etc.
  • Maintain any necessary pricing information in NetSuite, ensuring quotes for inventory items are up to date.
  • Drive continuous improvement efforts in the purchasing department and help develop best practice process documentation.
  • Provide backup on inventory control efforts if needed.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and vendor business reviews as needed.
  • Lead vendor setup and onboarding process as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain, operations or business
  • At least 2 years of experience working within a supply chain purchasing or related department
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and/or G-Suite
  • Experience working directly with vendor sales and/or customer service to resolve issues
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate information from several departments
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment with a sense of urgency 
  • Impeccable organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexibility to perform other supply chain related functions as necessary
  • Great written, verbal and interpersonal skills for vendors and customers

Highly Desirable:

  • Experience working in an ERP system such as SAP, Oracle, NetSuite
  • APICS certification(s) such as CPIM or CSCP

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What are Tempus Perks + Benefits

Tempus Benefits Overview

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Short Term Disability Insurance
Flexible Spending Account
Commuter Benefits
Parental Leave
Charitable Matching Program
Mental Health Support Platform
Pet Insurance
Company Cafeteria with Breakfast, Lunch & Grab & Go Options
Stocked Kitchen with Snacks
On-Site Barista
Discounted Gym Membership
Discounted Divvy Membership
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
Team & Company Outings

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning

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