Sourcing Manager/ Category Manager (Remote)

Spectraforce Technologies Inc

Job Description

Job title: Sourcing Manager – Marketing Insights
Location: Northbrook, IL 60062

Duration: 6 Months

Purpose & Scope:
The role will support the Global Category Lead, Category Manager – Market Insights and Sourcing Leads on major projects and be accountable for all supply-related aspects for Market Insights (Primary and Secondary Research, Data and Publications) and as such, to ensure industry leading value whilst maintaining alignment with business needs. The role will have the following core goals:

  • Work with the Global Category Lead, Category Manager, Sourcing Leads and key Regional/Global Procurement team members to deliver Category aligned sourcing projects
  • Lead and support sourcing activities for Market Insights, with the goal of achieving cost reductions, while maintaining/improving product quality and supplier service levels
  • Works closely with key stakeholders to develop effective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans
  • Apply leading tools & techniques to segment suppliers for the category, analyse market trends & constraints and deliver a broad range of value chain initiatives to improve performance, reliability, quality and life cycle costs
  • For agreed Market Insights sub category, manage spend and usage patterns in order to deliver high levels of compliance across the business

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Release RFI, RFP and RFQs and negotiate with existing and new suppliers on annual tenders, new business as well as re-negotiations
  • Undertake data analysis and engage with internal stakeholders in order to generate ideas and opportunities and ensure the Category strategy and plans are aligned to functional and business targets
  • Proactively anticipate business needs and lead offshore team activities, where required
  • Support, negotiate and develop contract framework including MSA’s & SLA templates with key suppliers and ensure full implementation
  • Deliver a robust implementation to maximize value and drive spend/contract compliance – to also include ongoing monitoring and reduction of maverick spend
  • Develop and implement sourcing practices for applicable spend categories
  • Drive productivity and demand improvements in applicable spend categories
  • Implement both supplier rationalisation programmes and strategies to develop new sources of supply as appropriate to optimize competition
  • Working with global stakeholders and Category Manager (US based) 

Key Relationships:

  • Business unit key stakeholders
  • Key Finance stakeholders
  • Global Category Leads, Category Managers & Sourcing Leads Other Sourcing Managers
  • Company affiliate employees
  • External vendors
  • Reports to: Global Managers – Market Research (US based)

 

Minimum Qualification

  • Degree required. CIPS nice to have
  • Successful, multi-year track record in Procurement and in-depth understanding of the Category Management process
  • Negotiation skills or with ability to achieve the optimal commercial solutions whilst maintaining credibility and a long term supplier relationship.
  • Understanding of legal requirements and risk management within procurement projects
  • Sound understanding an experience of managing suppliers including supplier development, drivers of costs, understanding of relevant markets and supplier

 

Minimum Experience

  • Experience of working in Pharma / Life Sciences organisations
  • Experience of sourcing Market Research and Data
  • Knowledge of key Market and Research vendors
  • General working knowledge and competency in Microsoft packages and Source to Pay systems
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills (multiple complex analyses simultaneously)
  • Good planning/project management skills
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Evidence of developing innovative commercial solutions using a wide range of value levers

Job Requirements

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Release RFI, RFP and RFQs and negotiate with existing and new suppliers on annual tenders, new business as well as re-negotiations
  • Undertake data analysis and engage with internal stakeholders in order to generate ideas and opportunities and ensure the Category strategy and plans are aligned to functional and business targets
  • Proactively anticipate business needs and lead offshore team activities, where required
  • Support, negotiate and develop contract framework including MSA’s & SLA templates with key suppliers and ensure full implementation
  • Deliver a robust implementation to maximize value and drive spend/contract compliance – to also include ongoing monitoring and reduction of maverick spend
  • Develop and implement sourcing practices for applicable spend categories
  • Drive productivity and demand improvements in applicable spend categories
  • Implement both supplier rationalisation programmes and strategies to develop new sources of supply as appropriate to optimize competition
  • Working with global stakeholders and Category Manager (US based) 

Key Relationships:

  • Business unit key stakeholders
  • Key Finance stakeholders
  • Global Category Leads, Category Managers & Sourcing Leads Other Sourcing Managers
  • Company affiliate employees
  • External vendors
  • Reports to: Global Managers – Market Research (US based)
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