Supply Chain Specialist

Business Support San Jose, California

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The Company  

The world is facing a medical crisis, bacteria are increasingly evolving resistance to even our strongest antibiotics.  The problem is already very real and immediate; for example, bloodstream infection leading to sepsis is now responsible for more than half of all deaths in hospitals and is the most expensive condition treated in hospitals. Sepsis mortality rate increases >6% every hour without effective antibiotic treatment. Yet, despite the life and death urgency, and healthcare cost impacts, current methodologies require 3 days to determine the correct antibiotic. 

Specific Diagnostics has developed a breakthrough solution to rapidly determine the effective antibiotic treatment for bloodstream and other acute infections. Used for bloodstream infection Specific’s solution provides results 2 days sooner than existing methods, saving patients suffering from drug-resistant infection.   

We have been funded by nearly $30 M in non-dilutive government sponsored research support and recently $17.5 M in venture capital. This is an opportunity to join us at an inflection point in our commercial growth as we bring our first key product to market and with recognition from major customers fueling an expansion of our staff. 

The Job  

This is the job for you if want to be where your ideas will be central to world-changing and lifesaving products. This is a critical job for our growing company and one that works in close partnership with our senior staff, manufacturing leaders, engineering and financial team. The key role is working with minimal direction, the Supply Chain Specialist purchases raw materials, sub-assemblies, products and services in conformance with approved purchase orders at the lowest cost consistent with considerations for quality, reliability of source and urgency of need. The role provides support for all basic aspects of purchasing including but not limited to vendor negotiations, vendor analysis, cost reductions, utilization of the purchasing system, expedition of orders and vendor relations. In addition to purchasing responsibilities, the role is responsible for maintaining the company’s Calibration Program, Sales Order Entry, NetSuite projects and various other Supply Chain projects, as required.  


  • Identify, evaluate, select, and integrate new suppliers and technologies. 
  • Place purchase orders using the Company’s ERP system. 
  • Perform analysis as required to improve operational efficiency in the supply chain processes. 
  • Manage supplier relationships and be the point of contact for escalation for supplier issues. 
  • Investigate and determine root cause for inventory and invoicing discrepancies. 
  • Interface with Engineers, Quality Assurance, Production, Warehouse personnel and other Buyers to ensure orders are timely as required. 
  • Ensure the continuous improvement of quality, service, and total cost in support of business needs. 
  • Investigates and develops sources of materials, prepares bid requests, and reviews quotations. 
  • Negotiate pricing, Supplier agreements and other legal documents. 
  • Develops and maintains good ethical supplier relationships. 
  • Supports engineering with sample request, pricing or lead time on prototypes or new product development. 
  • Build/maintain supplier relationships through frequent and effective communication of business, quality, delivery, costs, and transportation requirements. 
  • Purchases MRO commodities off purchase requisitions. 
  • Maintains the integrity of ERP accuracy as it pertains to the commodities assigned. 
  • Maintain Calibration Program requirements. 
  • Enters Sales Orders as required. 
  • Responsible for ERP projects and Warehouse projects as directed. 
  • Flexible with the ability to work under and meet deadlines while handling a heavy workload. 
  • Demonstrate excellent written/oral communication, negotiation, and administrative skills. 
  • Work with limited supervision to effectively utilize time and project management skills. 

Knowledge and Skills: 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Organized and self-motivated 
  • Microsoft Excel Skills 
  • Familiarity with purchasing chemicals, materials, and general manufacturing processes a plus 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Extensive ERP and MRP knowledge (NetSuite preferred) 

Training and Education: 
a) Bachelors Degree and a minimum of five years experience 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs  

The estimated salary range for this role based in California is between $83,000 and $99,000 annually. This role is eligible to receive a variable annual bonus based on company, team, and individual performance per bioMerieux’s bonus program. This range may differ from ranges offered for similar positions elsewhere in the country given differences in cost of living. Actual compensation within this range is determined based on the successful candidate’s experience and will be presented in writing at the time of the offer. 

In addition, bioMérieux offers a competitive Total Rewards package that may include:

  • A choice of medical (including prescription), dental, and vision plans providing nationwide coverage and telemedicine options
  • Company-Provided Life and Accidental Death Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan including a generous non-discretionary employer contribution and employer match
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Wellness Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Various voluntary benefit offerings
  • Discount programs
  • Parental leaves

BioFire Diagnostics, LLC. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
Please be advised that the receipt of satisfactory responses to reference requests and the provision of satisfactory proof of an applicant’s identity and legal authorization to work in the United States are required of all new hires. Any misrepresentation, falsification, or material omission may result in the failure to receive an offer, the retraction of an offer, or if already hired, dismissal. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation in BioFire Diagnostics’ application process by contacting us via telephone at (385) 770-1132, by email at [email protected], or by dialing 711 for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).