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Purchasing Generalist I

Covance 4/27/2018 1:19:58 PM
JOB ID: 19592 Category: Purchasing Procurement
Madison, Wisconsin



Job Overview

Get ready to redefine what's possible and discover your extraordinary potential at Covance. Here, you'll have the opportunity to personally advance healthcare and make a difference in peoples' lives with your bold ideas and unique point of view. With the support of exceptional people from across the globe and an energized purpose, you'll be empowered to own your career journey with mentoring, training and personalized development planning.

Join us as we speed the delivery of groundbreaking therapies and anticipate tomorrow's drug development challenges, creating new possibilities for our clients—and your career.

The Purchasing Generalist will manage specific activities within Purchasing (such as requisition approvals, match exceptions, order acknowledgments, order expediting, phone orders, and order processing). This role be based in Madison, WI.


* Tactical ordering, inventory replenishment (such as ControlPoint or stores operations), and meeting the day to day needs of appropriate Business Units.
* As part of tactical ordering, Generalist will maintain data to ensure that requisitions are processed accurately and timely (orders placed same day fiscal approval is documented or next business day), monitor the fulfillment of orders, and maintain communication with users, suppliers, Logistics and other interested parties.
* Perform routine pricing negotiations, with existing suppliers, for the purchase of goods under defined guidelines.
* Manage the RTV process of goods for their support Business Units.
* In coordination with the Inventory Control System Specialist, the Generalist ensures that proper inventory levels are maintained and ordering practices used to achieve the optimum efficiency of all aspects of the inventory system, including logistics activities, and to meet user expectations.
* Identify potential new items for the PeopleSoft item master and coordinating accordingly with the Purchasing Coordinator.
* Reconcile all variances associated with their orders (such as basic pricing match exceptions quantity discrepancies).
* For goals and objectives and timesheet reporting, the Generalist reports to the Purchasing Supervisor.
* Train or mentor other Generalists and Requestors in PeopleSoft practices as appropriate.


Minimum High school diploma, or equivalent

Preferred College Degree

Knowledge and understanding of customer service.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Ability to be persistent while maintaining tact.

Working knowledge of computers and programs (Microsoft Office, ERP systems, and other related software systems to support business needs)

Strong organizational skills


1. 2-4 years of applicable Experience

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Madison, WI - Wisconsin


Covance Recruiting Process

Below is a general Overview of Our Recruiting Process

If you’d like to work for us, please submit your resume/CV online. If your ability to use or access our electronic application is limited due to a disability, please visit or call 1-800-978-4473 for help.

We consider applications from everyone who is interested in a position with us and who meets the required criteria and qualifications.

If your application is selected, someone from our recruiting team will contact you to arrange an initial screen. We may carry this out over the phone or at a face-to-face meeting. You must complete the screen to be considered for the position.

Based on the results of the initial screen, we may invite you to an interview. One of our recruiting team members will contact you to arrange this. The process may involve several interviews, initially over the phone, and then face-to-face with different members of the hiring team.

Our interviews follow a behavioral-based format. This means we’ll ask you to give us information that’s specific to your professional and educational experiences.

Hiring team members will share and discuss their input and then make their decision.

If you’re the person who best meets the requirements of the position, a member of the hiring team will get in touch to make you an offer of employment. Covance is an eVerify employer (United States only).