Covance Purchasing Generalist I in 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.


  1. Minimum High school diploma, or equivalent

  2. Preferred College Degree

  3. Knowledge and understanding of customer service.

  4. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

  5. Ability to be persistent while maintaining tact.

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

  7. Strong organizational skills


  1. 2-4 years of applicable experience

Job Number 2018-19592

Job Category Purchasing/Procurement

Position Type Full-Time

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