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Buyer, Supply Management

Bannockburn, Illinois
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Job ID R0068940

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About BioLife Plasma Services

Every day at BioLife, we feel good knowing that what we do helps improve the lives of patients with rare diseases. While you focus on our donors, we’ll support you. We offer a purpose you can believe in, a team you can count on, opportunities for career growth, and a comprehensive benefits program, all in a fast-paced, friendly environment.

BioLife Plasma Services is a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.


  • Positions Collaborates and provides support to a network of 160+ Plasma Center locations, in relation to supply chain operations and analytics.
  • Responsible to provide analytical support to the operations function under minimal supervision.
  • Incumbent proactively participates in processes improvement initiatives and makes recommendations for system refinements within the operations function.


  • Place purchase orders as needed for; new center openings, centers and 3rd party collections
  • Create cost saving opportunities through competitive bidding, negotiations, etc., while maintaining ethical practices and win-win outcomes for both parties.
  • Works closely with other functions to represent the business needs of the operations function. 
  • Represents the operation function in the area of information technology and systems.
  • Develop understanding of all relevant purchasing/logistics processes to manage day-to-day activities such as open POs and inventory levels.
  • Supports program evaluation efforts and identifies opportunities for process improvement
  • Identify and initiate efforts to improve all facets of the demand planning and ordering processes.
  • Collaborate on improving Operations performance, productivity, efficiency, and profitability.
  • Performs cost benefit analysis for supplier efficiency programs and other supply chain projects that may affect Supply Chain KPIs
  • Coordinates across multiple organization and departments and responsible for communication of relevant information


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Online platform knowledge such as: Ariba, SAP preferred.
  • Proficient in Microfost products including: Excel and Word.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with strong technology application and analytical skills.


  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Perseverance

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to make decisions quickly with centers and vendors.
  • Ability to drive decisions through Influence.


  • Good communication skills with various center and corporate teams.
  • Strong capability to engage, communicate and work effectively with individuals of varying job levels, geographic locations and dispositions.


  • Ability to work in current systems and provide feedback on making those systems better.


  • Ability to multi-task day to day tasks.
  • Ability to break down complex situations into managable pieces
  • Conceptualizes big picture and considers upstream and downstream impact of decisions



  • Minimum of three to five years professional experience.


  • Three or more years of experience with: Database Management, Distribution/Supply operations, and Inventory/Order management systems such as Ariba, SAP.
  • Associates Degree


  • FLSA – Exempt
  • Up to 5% US-Domestic Travel

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


Bannockburn, IL

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