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Indirect Materials Buyer


La Lima, CR

Job Family:  Supply & Logistics
Country/Region:  Costa Rica
Indirect Materials Buyer 

We are looking for an Indirect Materials Buyer responsible for purchasing indirect materials in support of production and other non-BOM materials. Exercises independent judgment to address material issues. Negotiates quarterly and annual buys as required by Global Procurement. Review’s standard and invoice purchase price variances and identifies standard pricing on an annual basis. This role is 85% operational and 15% tactical.


You will be a part of a growing Operations team, as Coloplast is in the process of establishing a world-class manufacturing site in Cartago, Costa Rica. The ideal candidate is a reliable and competent professional, preferable with experience in Supply Chain management and medical device industry. Initially you will be supporting the Cartago site, and have a close collaboration with Hungary and Denmark.


You will report to Head of Supply Chain Coloplast Costa Rica Volume Manufacturing Site, Cartago. 


Tasks & responsibilities



  • Analyze inventory levels for indirect materials, process PO’s timely to address needs and ensure on time delivery. This includes a thorough follow up process after the PO has been placed and take actions to address timely when suppliers are not delivering on time
  • Define and implement cost reduction projects for the assigned category spend. Targets will be defined in the goals and objectives each year
  • Lead local sourcing activities under his/her responsibilities
  • Collaborate with Global Procurement in all needed projects and/or activities
  • Lead the implementation project of the EAM purchasing and inventory control process for the site
  • Implement programs to improve indirect materials turns compared to a predetermined baseline
  • Lead local projects in collaboration with technical and operations development teams
  • Lead sourcing analysis and drive tenders when needed (e.g., Spend, Business Award scenarios)
  • Address supplier delivery or quality issues immediately and provide feedback to Procurement
  • Support Global Procurement on supplier onboarding, including but not limited to request and follow up on master data creation, monitoring adherence to contract terms, conduct local supplier reviews, amongst other tasks
  • Identify and implement Best in Class purchasing processes
  • Responsible for supplier agreement negotiations for site specific suppliers, including pricing and terms
  • Represent Supply Chain on New Product teams, providing accurate feedback on supply chain strategies and variables
  • Actively supports efforts to streamline activities within the department such as the supplier Kanban process, Vendor Managed Inventories, and others to be defined






  • Bachelor´s degree in materials, logistics, supply chain management or related field
  • 7-10 years of experience in materials, supply chain management and manufacturing
  • Proficient with ERP systems; JD Edwards knowledge is a plus
  • Able to communicate effectively with all levels in the organization
  • Travel required – up to 10% per year 



Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Medical Device Company experience
  • Familiarity with Cognos Reporting platform (is a plus)
  • Experience purchasing MRO’s and other indirect materials is mandatory
  • Ability to create processes and implement them
  • Proficient with MS Office; advanced user of MS Excel




Why Coloplast?


Coloplast develops products and services that make life easier for people with personal and private medical conditions. Working closely with the people who use our products, we create solutions that are sensitive to their special needs. We call this Intimate healthcare.


We are guided by three values:


  • Closeness: we work closely with our customers to find solutions that meet their specific needs.
  • Passion: we work passionately to create new and innovative products that improve the quality of life for our customers.
  • Respect and responsibility: we have deep respect for the private nature of the condition our customers face. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to find not only medical solutions, but also ways to minimize the trauma and taboo associated with these conditions.


Our business includes Ostomy Care, Continence Care, Urology Care, and Wound and Skin Care.


Pursuing an ambitious growth agenda, Coloplast develops and markets products and services that make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs. Employing about 12.000 people and with products available in more than 143 countries, we are one of the world´s leading medical device companies. We are constantly growing our business and always looking for new ways to move forward – we explore, learn and look for new ways of doing things.


Coloplast is committed to being an inclusive organization, where people bring their differences to work each day, fulfil their potential and have a strong sense of belonging because – and not despite – of their differences. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief or physical ability.


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