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Category Manager

New Brunswick, NJ

Posted: 01/24/2023 Job Number: 22931373

Job Description

100% Onsite.

Required Skills:
  • B.S./B.A. In science or engineering required.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years of business experience of relevant industry experience (biopharma, consumer packaging, etc.).
  • Minimum of 5-6 years of multi-disciplined procurement experience or related category domain experience or relevant experience.
  • Minimum of 1-year Pharmaceutical Procurement experience or working directly with Pharmaceutical Procurement teams or relevant experience.
  • Experience leading and participating on cross-functional and/or global teams.
  • Managerial experience including managing teams of senior professionals and establishing performance expectations.
  • Internal stakeholder management, data/information management, category management, process redesign and continuous improvement expertise, project management and performance measurement skills.
  • Procurement process knowledge, contract management, financial analysis, market analysis, supplier analysis, supplier diversity, supplier management, technology utilization, strategic planning and integrated supply chain experience.
  • Proficient with MS Office especially Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to provide analytical data/comparisons.

Preferred Skills:
  • M.S., M.B.A., M. A, or equivalent master's degree in science, business administration, operations management, engineering, finance, or other technical field.
  • Professional certifications (e.G., CPM, CPIM, CSCP).
  • 3 years Pharmaceutical Procurement experience.
  • Membership in Professional Associations, e.G., ISM.
  • Negotiations experience.
  • Knowledge of the Biologics GMP manufacturing operations and strategic sourcing processes.

Project Description:
  • This role focuses on the development of category strategies that define how purchasing will be done for a spend within External Manufacturing, including defining buying channels, purchasing policies, and supplier relationship management program, etc. To ensure reliable, robust, agile, compliant, and cost-effective supply.
  • This role will develop, maintain, and implement a 3 5-year strategic category plan that ensures all projects deliver maximum value.
  • Additionally, this individual is responsible for overseeing the execution of category strategies by multiple cross-functional teams, including sourcing and contracting.
  • This role will assist in the development of and adherence to strategic category management processes and procedures, supplier and category segmentation, metrics/KPI development and application, and contract management.
  • This individual is responsible for leading the sourcing, negotiating, contracting, purchasing to leverage buying power and recommend appropriate Procurement strategies and tactics to obtain desired results.
  • This leader must be able to engage technically, operationally, and commercially to understand and enable speed, high quality performance, supply assurance, and risk mitigation.
  • Communication with a broad stakeholder group from scientist to operations and quality teams is critical for this role.
  • This role is expected to ensure close alignment to business priorities and functional objectives.

  • Develop global category strategies with regional/market variations that define how purchasing will be done for a given spend category.
  • Define buying channels and purchasing policies to drive compliance and adherence to category strategy, with a user-centric approach.
  • Define a supplier relationship management program, including segmentation criteria and a preferred supplier list for a given category.
  • Develop a 3 5-year strategic plan to realize category strategy targets.
  • Ensure clear roles and responsibilities between regional/local resources and global category leads to ensure " one-face to the business.
  • Lead and/or support major category initiatives within a multi-year plan including end-to-end process optimization, make/buy analysis, and recommendations within a spend category and/or within a major business area.
  • Negotiate supply agreements and facilitate negotiations of other agreements as needed (e.G., CDA's, Quality Agreements, etc.).
  • Develop and manage key category budget owners and functional stakeholders.
  • Champion Procurement training programs to better support business needs.
  • Drive co-ownership of initiatives and accountability based on agreed upon strategies.
  • Work in conjunction with Product Development, External Manufacturing, and Global Procurement Category Leads to develop a preferred supplier strategy and program, and enable speed, supply delivery and responsiveness to Client network.
  • Develop and implement metrics and reporting mechanisms to track category performance.
  • Develop and implement metrics and reporting mechanisms.
  • Encourage cross-market and cross-functional collaboration to take advantage of synergies through effective business partnering and stakeholder management.
  • Support business growth by providing market insights and subject matter expertise to key Business Partners.
  • Ensure excellence in delivery of procurement initiatives that maximize corporate, business, and functional priorities and objectives.
  • Remain current with market trends through relationships with Sourcing Managers, suppliers, and market experts, and ensure compliance to the Client process of gaining access/familiarity with emerging supplier capabilities.
  • Coach and develop cross-functional implementation teams to appropriately execute category strategies globally and regionally.
  • Provide hands-on execution support including negotiating and/or issuing of contracts and purchase orders, obtaining legal review and approval of a contract when required.
  • Execute Supplier Relationship Management priorities by fostering collaborative relationships with highly strategic global/regional suppliers.
  • Identify, build, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, and alliances with select suppliers through Supplier Relationship Development programs.
  • Develop a list of preferred suppliers within a category of spend and manage compliance.
  • Recommend or implement changes to the organization's purchasing, supply management and material usage policies as needed.
  • Measure supplier performance using rating systems or predetermined standards.
  • Ensure highest standards of excellence in category strategies across key capabilities.
  • Assist in implementation of ideas that will optimize Client total cost of ownership for spend categories and support an emerging future pipeline of Continuous Improvement deliverables.
  • Champion effective use of tools and technology to promote efficient delivery of procurement initiatives.

This 12+ month position starts ASAP.

Please E-MAIL your resume (attachment to email) with rate and availability to Kevin: kevin@alphaconsulting.Com


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