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Purchasing Specialist


We have a new Purchasing Specialist role open with a large multinational pharmaceutical company in Sligo who have multiple sites around Ireland.

The Purchasing Specialist works within the Purchasing & Supplier Management (PSM) team, which provides sourcing direction to multiple functional areas within the company. The role supports the Purchasing Manager and is responsible for implementing, optimizing and ensuring the delivery of approved category strategies at the site in concert with the Corporation’s overall strategies. The position’s objective is to coordinate support the company’s site spends and local suppliers to obtain the maximum value for the money spent measured through the delivery of cost savings.


  • Work with the Purchasing Manager to optimize related areas of spend for procurement activities
  • Implement short term and long term cost reduction strategies established by management
  • Works with high ethical standard, in compliance with the law and the company’s policies and procedures
  • Develop supplier base to expand business, improve financials, reduce in-house / total costs, improve quality (customer satisfaction), customer relations, and on-time deliveries
  • Identify potential vendors
  • Recommend strategy: RFP / RFI / RFQ / Pricing Auction. Responsible for running local tenders, aligned with direction from Purchasing Manager and respective Category Manager
  • Develop and write all sourcing event documents
  • Ensure compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations
  • Improve supplier service levels by integrating agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Secures financial / saving reports
  • Perform and collect due diligence information required for evaluating and approving new suppliers, in line with the Preferred Supplier Networks
  • Data analysis and administrative support for purchasing projects and supplier management (supplier metrics and research, master data, market basket analysis, pricing analysis, monthly/quarterly reporting of KPI’s, savings reporting)


Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Required Qualifications & Skills
  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 3 years of procurement/negotiations experience in indirect purchasing preferably but not limited to Pharmaceutical.
  • Experience in purchasing preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Strong experience with writing RFX’s.
  • Solid experience conducting vendor negotiations.
  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years equivalent work experience


Preferred qualifications and Skills

  • Ability to effectively communicate to all team members, stakeholders, management, and suppliers
  • Ability to prioritize and organize workload across multiple projects
  • Ability to develop and grow relationships with stakeholders
  • Ability to comprehend procurement processes as well as basic knowledge of indirect products and services used globally
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction.


Initially this role is positioned as a contract role with longer term prospects. Remuneration will be competitive with a substantial benefits package should you convert to a permanent contract.


For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Davin Ferguson

071 9140251