Title Category Manager Pharma
Categories Procurement, Supply Chain
Job ID 325
Location Chelmsford
Job Information

     Category Manager – Direct Materials


In this newly created position you will be responsible for implementing category strategies for a rapidly growing pharma in the midst of a transformation implementation. This key position is responsible for leading sourcing initiatives with functional business partners across the organization. As a key link between Internal Stakeholder Groups, Supply Chain Planning, and External Suppliers, the role holder is accountable for understanding key business drivers and ensuring that operational requirements are fulfilled. You should be experienced in cross-functional collaboration and use of strategic sourcing best practices to maximize value in terms of cost savings/avoidance, demand management, risk reduction, supplier performance, and contract management.

The role holder conducts internal and external spend and market analyses, identifies opportunities, leads sourcing teams, negotiates contracts and manages key supplier relationships. The role holder is an energetic, flexible team player capable of forming strong relationships throughout the entire organization, in addition to successfully leveraging resources, processes and tools to achieve desired outcomes.

Scope includes management and development of external spend in the following categories; Raw Materials, Printed & Packaging Materials, Devices, Technical Production Components, and Contract Manufacturing

Responsibilities/Essential Functions

Broad knowledge of strategic sourcing processes, this knowledge should include, but is not limited to:

  • Lead strategic sourcing initiatives with internal business partners for specific functional areas
  • Ensure implementation of strategies in a coordinated way
  • Lead supplier selection and recommendation activities including qualitative and quantitative analysis, selection criteria, long and short lists, RFI and RFP development and analysis
  • Maintain external/marketplace awareness, related to trends within responsibility scope and sourcing best practices


Background & Experience •Bachelor
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