Senior Buyer/Planner

San Diego - Headquarters Supply Chain Regular Full Time
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At Element Biosciences, we are passionate about our mission to empower the scientific community with more freedom and flexibility to accelerate our collective impact on humanity. We have built a highly efficient product-driven organization where employees can learn, grow, and thrive in a challenging but encouraging environment. We are committed to scientific integrity, collegiality, honesty, objectivity, and openness.

We are seeking an experienced Senior Buyer/Planner who will play a pivotal role in enabling the supply chain and assembly of our NGS instruments and consumables. We are looking for candidates with a solid background in planning, purchasing, inventory management, and MRP. This role will be an in-person, San Diego based role.

If you possess the following and want to make a meaningful impact, we invite you to explore this role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Own the overall planning of Element’s instrument manufacturing. Ensure raw materials are available to keep manufacturing operating and finished goods are available to keep customer shipments moving
  • Partner closely with manufacturing to plan assembly capacity, adjust for surges and down days, triage and solve material delays
  • Lead S&OP supply reviews for instrument manufacturing
  • Lead vendor communication regarding shipment priorities, specs, quality issues, etc.
  • Develop and manage overall component planning and purchasing strategies
  • Model planning strategies in MRP. Manage item/planning master data and system rules to optimize supply plans and manage material and capacity constraints
  • Participate in NPI readiness efforts, coordinating with Sourcing, Engineering, and Product Development teams to supply samples, first articles, plan launch quantities, and overall ops launch readiness
  • Participate in and support strategic sourcing strategy development with the Sourcing team
  • Work with finance and accounting to resolve pricing/invoicing discrepancies and plan for revenue goals

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) preferred with 3-5 years experience in a similar role
  • Experience planning electromechanical items and instrument assembly preferred
  • Experience using an ERP system for procurement and inventory management (NetSuite preferred)
  • Ability to build trust with internal stakeholders and external suppliers, communicating in a clear but professional manner
  • High degree of initiative and self-direction, but also have a strong commitment to being a team player
  • Committed to a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to flex and multi-task in a fast-paced, highly dynamic environment, flexing working hours in certain situations when necessary
  • Ability to maintain a professional, customer focused demeanor

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move boxes weighing up to 20 pounds


  • San Diego


  • Occasional visits to local warehouse

Job Type:

  • Full-time, Non-Exempt

Base Compensation Pay Range:

  • $98,000 - $118,000


In addition to base compensation noted above, you will be eligible for stock options, discretionary annual bonus, no cost health insurance plans, 401k with company match, and flexible paid time off. 


Please note: Base compensation will depend on multiple factors, including geographic location, qualifications, and experience. 


We foster an environment such that all people are afforded the freedom to pursue their passions without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.