Sr Mgr

Thousand Oaks, California 91320 | Contract

Post Date: 01/26/2018 Job ID: 3810 Industry: Biotech


The Global Category Strategic Sourcing Senior Manager will report into the Marketing vertical lead within Global Strategic Sourcing (GSS) and will be responsible for ~$280M spend in Market Research & Data which includes: Data Acquisition (Clinical & Commercial), Data Support (Clinical & Commercial), Primary Market Research and Secondary / Syndicated Research; and, will be accountable for developing and managing the overall sourcing and supplier management processes for this category. 

Strategic Contribution 
  • Design and develop the category sourcing strategy for Market Research & Data 
  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders and report procurement progress 
  • Act as a trusted business advisor providing thought leadership and consistent customer service whilst delivering qualitative and quantitative value to the bottom line through cost savings and transformation through innovation 
  • Provide subject matter advise to internal (GSS) and external stakeholder groups 
  • Lead and influence stakeholder groups with sound and articulate recommendations through to supplier selection 


Delivering Value for Customers 
  • Acts as an ambassador for the GSS function with the business 
  • Demonstrated connected thinking and strategy beyond the category with pull through 
  • Drive operating efficiencies by understanding evolving and complex business needs and supply markets 
  • Access supplier capability and innovation for the business 
  • Manage, minimize and mitigate supply/contractual risk leveraging key functions where appropriate (Legal, Compliance, Audit etc.) 
  • Provides structured management and accurate progress reporting on all projects 
  • Achieve value targets continually developing new and innovative sourcing strategies to address the category as it evolves 
  • Lead complex RFP including strong commercial negotiations, supporting the team with data analytics, leading supplier evaluations and shepherding the contractual negotiations in collaboration with stakeholders and business partners (Legal, Compliance, Audit etc). 


Developing Category Strategies 
  • Deliver customer solutions via multi-year category strategies in alignment with your stakeholder annual plans 
  • Lead with oversight to the overall sourcing process for your category across multiple functional groups including ex-US regions 
  • Build a pipeline of category projects as the global lead in collaboration with procurement leader peers and key stakeholders 
  • Bring industry/business function-specific knowledge and experience 
  • Customize sourcing strategy to drive value in specific functional environment, including legal & regulatory context 
  • Initiate/build industry peer relationships bringing back best practice/innovation for the category 


Basic Qualifications 

Doctorate degree and 4 years of Sourcing plus any combination of Finance, Management Consulting and Market Research & Data experience 

Master’ s degree and 6 years of Sourcing plus any combination of Finance, Management Consulting and Market Research & Data experience 

Bachelor’ s degree and 8 years of Sourcing plus any combination of Finance, Management Consulting and Market Research & Data experience 


Preferred Qualifications 
  • Solid understanding of procurement/sourcing/category management methodology 
  • Excellent and disciplined project management and prioritization skills with ability to react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently
  • Can conform to shifting priorities and have ability to drive multiple simultaneous project implementations 
  • Strong commercial acumen in order to drive sourcing and demand management strategies across the Market Research & Data category 
  • Understanding and experience with Data related to integration and management 
  • Experience with key suppliers related to Data Acquisition and Data Support 
  • Proven ability to deliver complex multi-regional and/or global projects in a matrixed and global environment 
  • Track record in establishing strong SOW/SLAs and ensuring supplier performance 
  • Strong negotiation skills and technical procurement skills 
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and utilizing full set of sourcing levers to drive value for customers 
  • Broad knowledge of the market forces shaping a customer’ s business context (e.g. supplier base, legal & regulatory environment, sources of competitive advantage) 
  • Ability to conduct benchmarking to address cost, quality, risk and innovation considerations 
  • Ability to provide thought leadership, ability to influence and actively shape strategy 
  • A sourcing expert with strong financial acumen and problem solving skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a global mindset and able to develop clear thinking and prioritize 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 


Change Management 
  • Independent self-starter and able to motivate others to accomplish ambiguous tasks 
  • Ability to lead teams in a matrix organization, across geographies and functional reporting lines 
  • Demonstrated track record of identifying root causes to issues and proactively problem solving 
  • Change management experience with large and complex organizational transformations 
  • Demonstrated success in partnering cross-functionally 
  • Ability to own and strengthen relationships with key customers 
  • Compelling and persuasive communicator (oral and written) with excellent interpersonal skills 


Analytical & Technical 
  • Knowledge of sourcing, contract negotiations, and supplier management 
  • Ability to analyze data and present insights based on the needs of the audience 
  • Ability to develop business cases and champion opportunities with quantifiable financial benefits 
  • Understands the Source to Pay processes including managing sourcing projects in Ariba, including the execution of online RFx and e-Auctions 
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools, ERP systems etc. 
  • CPM qualification (US) or CIPS qualification (UK) is desirable 
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