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Sr. Buyer 

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Sciton is seeking a Senior Buyer for its Palo Alto campus. This position reports to the Director of Manufacturing and Operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for performing all sourcing/procurement activities for the assigned categories.
  • Develops and implements a sourcing management strategy for these categories assigned.
  • Identifies, develops and manages supplier relationships.
  • Analyzes supplier performance on a yearly basis.
  • Participates in new ERP implementation and maintenance.
  • Requires significantly complex decision-making and significant financial responsibility.
  • Develops solutions to problems using independent judgment to accomplish objectives.
  • Manage client relationships with internal senior management.
  • Expected to take the leadership/consulting role in executing sourcing strategies.
  • Assignments are often self-initiated and virtually self-supervisory.
  • Works under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives.
  • Provide product availability commitments and bring shortages to near zero.
  • Supplier negotiation to achieve lowest total cost.
  • Liaison between other departments to coordinate product issues that need resolution.
  • Work with new product teams to develop effective product launch plans.
  • Work closely with Marketing, Engineering and Accounting to set product budgets.
  • Will have other tasks assigned as needed.
Position Requirements

Basic Qualifications:

  • New Product Introduction experience (NPI).
  • Capable of managing a small purchasing group.
  • 10 plus years of direct purchasing experience, preferably with direct report responsibilities.
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel and Word).
  • Experience in Medical Device Manufacturing in FDA regulated environment preferred.
  • Must be a self-starter, self-managed, an effective team player, and possess excellent analytical / problem solving skills.
  • Good understanding of the manufacturing process (from raw materials to finished product), sound accounting principles, inventory control, and paperwork flow necessary to be able to function responsibly in this position.
  • Strong communication skills required with the ability to communicate appropriately with internal and external customers.
  • Extensive experience with modern ERP utilization, potentially including vendor portal capabilities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Operations Research, Materials Management, Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Economics or related field preferred, or equivalent work experience required.
  • Professional certification such as CPM or APICS preferred, but not necessary.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Sr. Buyer  
Location Palo Alto (HQ)  
About the Organization SCITON, a privately held and employee-owned company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is a leading manufacturer of medical and aesthetic lasers and light source technologies. Founded by the laser industry's preeminent engineers and physicists, our mission is to provide best-in-class solutions to improve human conditions.

Our culture and company strength stems from our diverse collection of talented and motivated employees. One word that best describes Sciton is ‘Family' because we treat each team member like family. We give our employees the support, recognition, and room to grow their careers within Sciton.

We empower our people to develop their creative geniuses. In fact, we incentivize creativity and innovations to all our people. We look for lifelong learners, problem solvers, and individuals who excel in a challenging, team-oriented environment. We hire individuals who want to retire with us. How do you feel about that?


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