Category Manager

Job Post Index 262F12-Sy##
Location New Brunswick, NJ
Description: Job 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.
  • Develop, maintain and implement a 3-5 year strategic category plan that ensures all projects deliver maximum value.
  • Overseeing the execution of category strategies by multiple cross-functional teams, including sourcing and contracting.
  • 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.
  • Leading the sourcing, negotiating, contracting, purchasing to leverage buying power and recommend appropriate Procurement strategies and tactics to obtain desired results.
  • 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 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 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
  • 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 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
Skills: Requirements
  • 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.
  • Negotiating experience
  • Purchasing / procurement experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • 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
  • Knowledge of the Biologics GMP manufacturing operations and strategic sourcing processes
  • Proficient with MS Office especially Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to provide analytical data / comparisons.
  • $49-$59/hr
  • Healthcare Insurance: Synectics offers eligible employees and their dependents healthcare coverage through BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. Eligibility begins on the 1st day of the calendar month following 60 days of continuous full time employment with Synectics. Premiums are subsidized by Synectics.
  • Dental Insurance: Synectics offers eligible employees and their dependents a dental plan through MetLife. Eligibility begins on the 1st day of the calendar month following 60 days of continuous full time employment with Synectics.
  • Vision Insurance: Synectics offers eligible employees vision insurance through VSP. Eligibility begins on the 1st day of the calendar month following 60 days of continuous full time employment with Synectics.
  • 401(k) Plan: The Synectics Inc. Investment Savings Retirement Plan. Synectics offers all employees who are 21 years of age or older the opportunity to invest in the 401(k) Plan on the first enrollment date that is at least 30 days after employment begins. Enrollment dates are each January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st.
  • Technical Certification Bonus: Synectics is pleased to award its employees a bonus of up to $500 for an approved professional certification. In determining the bonus amount, Synectics will consider the cost of the test(s) for any certification relating to your current position, achieved during your employment with us. Only one Certification Bonus per calendar year may be awarded per employee. Only current, active employees will be eligible to receive this bonus. It will be awarded 90 days after the Synectics office has received documentation confirming the successful completion of the certification.

Synectics is an equal opportunity employer.

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