Category Manager (Pharmaceuticals) Procurement

Ref: 335 Date Posted: Friday 20 Sep 2019
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The Company


Our Client work every day to deliver innovative medicines for patients with serious and life-threatening diseases. The company are currently recruiting for a Category Manager to support External Manufacturing based in Dublin, Ireland. This is an exciting opportunity to work for a Global Biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.


Job Description:


This temporary position is part of the global team responsible for procurement of externally manufactured drug substance, drug products and finished packaging, developing and implementing strategic sourcing solutions for commercial supply.




  • Implement sourcing and value development roadmap and initiatives; contribute to strong supplier relationship management, including selective strategic partnerships with Global Product Manufacturing and Supply (GPS) Operations (BMS Plants) and also with GPS External Manufacturing in support of Contract Manufacturers.
  • Implement sourcing projects, supplier negotiations, and supplier relationship opportunities and issues to implement best in class sourcing and procurement for this category. Contribute to annual budgeting process with year to year standard costs, budget variances and purchase price variance (PPV) metrics.
  • As part of the Virtual Plant Team (VPT) with the Business Partners, jointly manage supplier relationships and business reviews to ensure all business objectives and long-term goals are met. (Including business process improvements and cost of goods reduction opportunities).  
  • Conduct rigorous analyses of data and gather critical market/supply base information for Drug Substance/Product, Packaging, e.g. benchmarking.  In conjunction with Finance, perform cost modeling and total cost/value of ownership analyses including cost benefit validations.
  • Work with external manufacturing operations stakeholders, Site Procurement and Global Procurement liaisons to ensure compliance to global & site specific policies, processes, and standards.
  • Plan, coordinate, and administer the operational, financial, administrative, and technical functions of the sourcing & procurement process.
  • Demonstrates strong negotiation skills using sound sourcing principles and a fact-based approach. Can respond appropriately to unanticipated situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a range of technically and functionally diverse people, influencing them to achieve superior results.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to a diverse audience at multiple levels within the company through various formats i.e. presentations, written proposals /reports/ correspondence, leading meetings, face to-face dialogue etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret complex problems/data gathered from a variety of sources and through effective decision-making and planning deliver superior business solutions.
  • Fully understands the methodology, process and guidelines for conducting and implementing an efficient/effective sourcing project that is aligned with global policies and procedures






  • Bachelor’s degree in either a science or engineering or business related discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years strategic sourcing and procurement experience within a multi-plant/multi-divisional environment. 
  • Project Management: Proven ability to successfully manage projects and resources and a proven track record in supplier implementation 
  • Experience in a Pharmaceutical manufacturing environment is desirable
  • Experience leading cross-functional, cross-geography teams to achieve business objectives
  • Purchasing and/or Supply Management qualification an advantage (e.g. APICS CSCP, ISM CPSM)





  • Category Management
  • Project Management
  • Understanding and support of Supplier Relationship Management
  • Strong numeracy, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent Negotiation skills
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Familiarity with ERP systems (e.g. SAP and Ariba) an advantage
  • Intermediate/Advanced Excel skills, MS Office suites

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