Posted to MedZilla on 8/20/2017


Switzerland, Procurement Manager - Senior SP_VP_12903-MZ


This Procurement Manager role is with one of the most renowned global pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer health organisations located in Zug, Switzerland. The organisation is a top 10 pharma company and employs over 100,000 professionals worldwide. The Manager will be responsible for implementing the strategic initiatives for products produced at External Manufacturers. He/she will plan and direct the organizations activities and deliver against targets for financial performance, quality, and service and compliance adherence. He/she will provide Global and Regional Leadership for deploying end-to-end supplier strategies, maintaining key relationships within the business and managing cross segment supplier relationships. The position must shape, connect and lead resources to deliver on key projects.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and drive the External Manufacturing vision for, with and through the stakeholder community
  • Own relationship with medium to high complexity suppliers: Monitor performance, develop and lead regular performance reviews (CS&OP, CIP execution, QBR, Planning, Quality reviews, etc.), oversee product tech transfers and decommissioning of sites, engage suppliers in lean process improvements and manage operations via virtual plant management
  • Assess existing global supplier footprints and product supply opportunity; Partner with suppliers to drive network efficiencies in alignment with global EM vision
  • Perform analysis of investments required to support recurring cost reductions and business growth for supplier sites
  • Conduct CIP ideation sessions with medium to high complexity suppliers; Develop the vision, strategy and implementation plan that will effectively meet the long-range requirements of the business partners and deliver the maximum value.
  • Interface directly with CEOs and other supplier leadership to assure alignment of the company’s objectives are met, including quality, reliability, innovation and cost; Conduct additional negotiations, if required
  • Develop Ops Plans (incl. budgets, volume planning, etc.) with EM sites; Ensure alignment on the outcomes with key internal partners;
  • Identify potential Quality/Regulatory, Technical and/or Supply Chain challenges. Work with key internal stakeholders and EM sites to resolve
  • Develop, implement and lead proactive change and risk management processes for suppliers
  • Deliver on financial, service, reliability, quality, and growth commitments
  • Escalate issues that may impact the Global Procurement organization
  • Build and maintain relationships throughout the company that results in dynamic interactive dialogue on a broad range of perspectives and information critical to the development of optimal approaches and solutions

Skills and Requirements:

  • Required Minimum Education: Bachelor or Equivalent
  • Required Years of Related Experience: 7+ Years
  • Broad-based understanding of business operations and practices and core Procurement experience desired
  • Strong operations and supply chain experience required
  • Strong leadership, communication, influencing and collaboration skills are required
  • Able to prioritize requests, and propose effective cost/customer service alternatives when necessary
  • Ability to show judgment in developing new approaches and resolving issues
  • Ability to show strategic thinking
  • Travel on the Job: up to 20% domestic and international
  • Preferred Minimum Education: MBA 1 or Equivalent, other (Ph.D., JD, etc. an asset) in business, life sciences or related field
  • People management experience
  • Education - CPSM, CSCP, CPIM, PMP, or other certification or relevant experience preferred
  • Strong level of proficiency with core Procurement skills (e.g., Supplier Management, Procurement Excellence)
  • Strong level of credibility with internal customers, and with the supplier community
  • Strong influencing skills with ability to see issues from multiple viewpoints and understand differing needs of stakeholders (e.g., businesses, Procurement LT, Marketing, R&D, Supply Chain); has "presence"
  • Successfully lead cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to respond to changes in the external environment, while ensuring the organization is able to effectively and efficiently move through transitions

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