Buyer III (18months fixed term)

Toronto, ON, Canada Req #723
Wednesday, July 3, 2024

About Us

Synaptive Medical is a Canadian medical device company, based in downtown Toronto, focused on supporting healthcare professionals and systems in patient diagnosis and treatment. Synaptive’s suite of products include MRI, surgical planning, navigation, and robotic visualization – all of which can be seamlessly combined or used independently in the operating room. The company has a number of opportunities for innovative people to join the team and share in the development of technologies to solve surgical and imaging challenges in patient care.

The Opportunity

We have a unique opportunity for a Senior Buyer in our Operations team. This role will be responsible for executing procurement strategies and objectives to effectively ensure that quality materials are available at the most cost-competitive price while meeting our manufacturing demands in conjunction with inventory objectives. This person manages and executes all aspects of the end-to-end activities related to our supplier management, material planning, procurement, and on-time delivery of material aligned with the overall production planning. As a Senior Buyer, you will develop and be responsible for building, maintaining, and managing supplier relationships, with the goal to improve stability, cost productivity and terms, while securing material for our production, engineering, and service teams. This role requires strong collaboration with internal stakeholders with an ability to create strategic partnerships with critical suppliers. The incumbent must also ensure proper procedures are followed in conjunction with the buying activities being properly recorded in the ERP system while satisfying the Quality Management System requirements. The Senior Buyer will also be called upon to provide insightful supplier information, generate performance data for key metrics, and drive continuous improvement opportunities.


What You’ll Do

  • Planning (MRP), procuring (MRO/OTS), and expediting materials (raw and finished goods) and supplies
  • Item, supplier setup, processing planned orders and purchase order requests
  • Supporting engineering with new product introduction procurement activities
  • Manage supplier recovery schedules to meet organization’s demand requirements
  • Following up with vendors on deliveries and receiving/invoice errors
  • Resolving issues with supplier regarding nonconforming materials
  • Revising purchase orders, managing order action reports (expediting/de-expediting/cancellations)
  • Reviewing and investigating (as required) vendors, recommending regular and alternate sources of supply
  • Increasing inventory turns and minimizing production material stock outs
  • Actively working towards 100% on-time and complete purchase order deliveries
  • Collaboratively identifying and securing sources of supply on new and improved materials, tools, and services
  • Negotiate key supplier agreements that will lead to a reduction in overall costs, minimize lead-times and increased service levels
  • Actively work with the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering teams managing ECO implementations – ensuring costs and impacts are clearly evaluated and considered
  • Monitor and report current inventory levels of WIP & Finished Goods – establish reorder trigger levels for each part in collaboration with Production
  • Provide data insights on performance indicators, preparing reports as required and drive performance improvements


What You’ll Need

  • Post secondary degree, diploma, or equivalent certification to APICS CSCP designation, APICS CPIM designation, or PMAC SCMP designation.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience within a regulated industry in procurement, supply chain, and or manufacturing operations
  • Excellent communication skills to express complex challenges and insights, both orally and in writing, ability to deal with a global environment
  • Proven self-starter with the ability to prioritize deliverables on the fly, achieving positive outcomes
  • Ability to think clearly under pressure and provide direction resulting in positive exchanges and outcomes
  • Proficient computer and telecommunication skills including a working knowledge of: MS Office Suite, ERP or MRP systems
  • Effective organizational and prioritization skills, and ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Efficient problem resolution skills to solve complex issues in minimized timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others in a constructive way, to bring forward new ideas and improvement opportunities
  • Results oriented to achieve key objectives and performance indicators with a proven track record
  • Experience in complex negotiations
  • Continuous improvement mentality, shares ideas and embraces change
  • Keen attention to detail while working with a sense of urgency to meet customer requirements


It’d Be Amazing If You Had

  • Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP), or related certification is preferred
  • Oracle NetSuite ERP experience in Purchase Order Module, Saved Searches and MRP Module
  • Experience working in a medical device environment (ISO 13485, FDA QSR, EU MDD/MDR, etc.) is an asset
  • Experience implementing process improvements in a regulated, quality system (e.g. ISO) environment


About You

  • Highly organized with strong interpersonal written and verbal communication skills
  • Proactive attitude with strong attention to detail
  • Flexible and agile in attitude
  • Initiative to investigate problems, develop solutions and obtain results
  • Skilled in prioritizing, multi-tasking and problem-solving
  • Ability to make independent decisions within well-defined guidelines
  • Must be a team player, dependable and demonstrate ability to follow directions
  • Positive attitude, team building skills, and willingness to learn
  • Able to adapt and drive change in a product development & manufacturing setting

COVID-19 Considerations

Synaptive has a special duty to take a leadership role in protecting the health and wellbeing of its employees and the public. The COVID-19 vaccines are an important public health measure for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and society. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a reason protected by legislation why they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.


Diversity & Inclusivity

Synaptive is based out of one of the most diverse countries in the world. This includes differences related to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender expression and presentation, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability and socioeconomic status. To us, diversity is one our strongest assets to our organization. We commit ourselves to promoting the recognition and appreciation of our diverse and rich culture. We believe that it is critical to our success to promote freedom of thought and opinion in a respectful environment. The decisions we make are rooted by respectfully considering each other’s thoughts and opinions and by working towards a greater common goal, saving lives.



Synaptive Medical is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. If as a qualified job applicant, you request accommodation, Synaptive will consult with you to provide reasonable accommodations according to your specific needs. If you wish to make a request, you will be provided an opportunity if your application is selected to proceed in our hiring process.


How to Apply

Unless otherwise stated, applications will only be considered from candidates eligible to work in Canada, or the country in which they’re applying to, without sponsorship.


If you are interested in this position and can demonstrate that you meet or exceed the requirements defined in the job description, please include #GOBRAIN in the top right corner of your resume and then complete your online application by clicking “Apply Now” and following the prompts.


The successful candidate to this role will be asked to complete background checks, which may include criminal, credit, employment and/or educational checks. All offers of employment are conditional on the receipt of satisfactory results of any applicable background check.


We would like to thank everyone who submits an application. Due to the volume that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Other details

  • Job Family Operations
  • Pay Type Salary