Associate Buyer

Req ID #:  106115

Northridge, CA, US, 91325

For over 40 years, HemaCare, a Charles River company, has worked to making a positive impact on the world by providing the highest quality cellular material and services to biotech and
pharmaceutical companies and research organizations that are performing innovative research and developing novel cell-based therapies.


We recognize that our success depends on the vision and passion of our employees; that is why we are devoted to making HemaCare a rewarding and valuable place to work. We believe in making a difference, and at HemaCare, you will make a difference every day.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   

Job Summary

The Associate Buyer works within the Purchasing Department and Warehouse and is responsible for providing support to and maintaining the integrity of the purchasing, materials management and equipment maintenance system and functions. 


Essential Responsibilities:
•    Review incoming purchase requests to ensure compliance with all requirements.
•    Place purchase orders for inventory supplies as required per departmental request and to ensure maintenance of established par levels.
•    Organize documents to ensure complete support of submitted orders to placement to receipt.
•    Perform receipt of goods and departmental transfers of supplies within Microsoft Dynamics GP Purchasing module.
•    Provide purchasing support including following established purchasing authority guidelines for non-inventory purchases.
•    Investigate and resolve receiving or item transfer errors.
•    Perform item master maintenance transactions in all required databases and systems.
•    Maintain positive relationships with supply and service vendors.
•    Schedule and maintain records of equipment service as needed.
•    Provide inventory and warehouse support as needed.
•    Assist Purchasing Director with projects as needed.

Job Qualifications

•    Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience required.
•    2+ years recent experience in a purchasing environment.
•    Previous materials management experience is required.
•    Strong functional understanding and working knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains 2016, specifically the Inventory Tracking and Inventory Management modules are required.
•    Ability to have a functional understanding of ERP/MRP systems is a plus.
•    Knowledge of handheld bar-coding for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 is a plus.
•    Ability to use reporting tools and interpret results is required.
•    Knowledge of MS Office applications including strong Excel skills is required.



IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

About HemaCare 

HemaCare, a Charles River company, is a global leader and trusted brand in the customization of human-derived biological products and services for biomedical research, drug discovery, and cell and gene therapy development. HemaCare’s vertically integrated solutions support preclinical research, clinical studies from phases 1 to 3, and commercialization with high-quality RUO and GMP-compliant starting material and apheresis collections. 


In January 2020, HemaCare was acquired by Charles River Laboratories, an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). Combined with Charles River’s integrated, early-stage portfolio of discovery, safety assessment, and manufacturing support services, the acquisition creates a unique, comprehensive solution for researchers and cell therapy developers and manufacturers worldwide to help accelerate their critical programs from basic research and proof-of-concept to regulatory approval and commercialization. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs and enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market. We work closely with our clients throughout the clinical process to maximize success and drive positive clinical outcomes. 


Together, with over 17,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies, and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 


At HemaCare, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. We have proudly supported the development of 100% of the current commercially available FDA-approved immunocellular therapies. Our mission is to provide a best-in-class portfolio of high quality, customizable human cellular material and services to support drug discovery, scientific research, and cell therapy. This resonates from our employees and impacts our customers because we know that every day is an opportunity to advance discoveries and make a difference in someone’s life. 


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.


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