Pfizer Associate Buyer in Kalamazoo, Michigan


Global Procurement delivers world-class procurement capabilities to Pfizer, partnering with internal Pfizer customers to ensure they receive maximum value for every dollar spent with Pfizer suppliers. We accomplish this by executing effective strategic processes, including category management, supplier management and sourcing projects, all supported by efficient procure to pay processes. We add value by aligning Pfizer with the best suppliers, promoting continuous improvement in supplier performance and driving compliance with Pfizer's intellectual property and privacy requirements. We strive to obtain the right price for the right product or service.

This role is responsible for delivering value, including year on year cost savings, within the Packaging Material category within Kalamazoo. The Associate role provides operational support to the procurement team, including data analysis and reporting, market intelligence gathering, and project tracking. This role also acts as a liaison with Category Strategy Managers (CSM) to support the execution of Site, and where agreed, Regional category strategies through participation on cross-functional teams. The Associate develops and enhances Procurement's relationship with internal customers to proactively identify opportunities and drive continuous improvement, including resolving local Procure-to-Pay (P2P) process issues. The Associate works to b uild expertise within their categories of ownership to support the development of robust strategies, and provides non-category specific development to support the goals of the department and function.


The key tasks include, but are not limited to:

I - Category strategy collaboration and operational implementation

  • Support CSMs in the management of the category plans for assigned categories. In particular, provide data analysis and Market specific knowledge to aid CSM in category strategy execution.

  • As required, provide sourcing support for Purchase Requisitions which are not addressed through pre-existing category strategies, including basic Spot Buying and support local sourcing initiatives as required

  • Apply appropriate strategic sourcing elements and associated tools for all projects and educated cross-functional teams in best practice.

  • Deliver the operational requirements related to assigned categories to ensure the business needs are satisfied.

  • Identify ways of improving the Procurement processes, tools, policies and procedures, to drive efficiency and proactive engagement in opportunities.

II - Sourcing Activity and Contract Negotiation

  • Seek, exploit and leverage opportunities across the GP network of commodities.

  • Support the management and approval of contracts to ensure compliance with legislation and the company's policies and procedures in collaboration with the Pfizer Legal Department

  • Ensure savings and added value are tracked and reported into Ariba Sourcing tool in a timely fashion to present the most current view of delivery.

  • Perform basic Spot Buying and support local sourcing initiatives as required.

III - Supplier Relationship Management:

  • Support the development of supplier relationships across assigned categories and ensure appropriate risk management is undertaken.

  • Support CSMs in the development and implementation of plans for evaluating and measuring supplier performance of strategic suppliers through the GP Supplier Relationship Management process.

  • Participate on Global and Regional teams that evaluate supplier performance in assigned categories.

  • Support the ongoing cost savings opportunities within supplier contracts and operational processes.

  • Mediate to resolve service related issues with internal and external stakeholders.

IV - Client Engagement and Customer Relationship Management:

  • Execute stakeholder strategy and communication plan to support engagement at a strategic and operational level.

  • As assigned, engage with key customers to identify opportunities to build & implement improved supply solutions and best practices.

  • Embed Procurement as part of the business planning cycle to ensure proactive contribution to the business is agreed for the subsequent period.


  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Package Engineering, Project or Business Management or a related technical or business discipline

  • 1-4 years work experience in Procurement or Finance discipline preferred, ideally within a large multi-national company

  • Ability to work both as an individual and effectively contribute as part of a team.

  • Developing understanding of the end to end Procurement process including experience of Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Management

  • Good communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written. Fluent English a must.

  • Sound IT skills - particularly in spreadsheet, word processing and presentation packages.

  • Ability to manage and prioritize a diverse workload

  • Good Analytical Skills

  • Able to demonstrate successful delivery following competencies within a cross functional matrix environment:

  • Business needs analysis and stakeholder management

  • Project management and facilitation skills


Acts decisively

Makes quick decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure; able to make a quick decision.

Seizes accountability

Will stand up and be counted; doesn't shirk responsibility; willing to be the champion for an idea or position; is comfortable working alone on a tough assignment.

Change Agile

Can effectively cope with change; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty

Peer relationships

Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

Other Job Details:

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.