At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people's exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a Global Category Manager in Gaithersburg, MD, you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives. Operations at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Will have accountability for a spend category across a region or the whole of AstraZeneca (may be single or multiple SET areas). Leading both demand and supply side activities. Develops long term strategic plans for the entire spend area within AstraZeneca or Region. Manages customer and supplier relationships to ensure that Category Strategies are highly aligned to current and future Business needs and that the supply base is capable of supporting these strategies. Oversees implementation of category plan to ensure that the underpinning process improvement and procurement activities deliver the expected business value in accordance with the strategic plans.
•Oversees implementation of category (sub category) plan to ensure that the underpinning process improvement and procurement activities deliver the expected business value in accordance with the strategic plans
•Supports Global/Regional Category Lead in the development of long term strategic plans for agreed scope of spend area
•Supports the Global/Regional Category Lead in strategic relationship management (customer and supplier) - to ensure that Category Strategies are highly aligned to current and future Business need and that the supply base is capable of supporting these strategies.
•Works with relevant Global/Regional Category Lead(s) to ensure a fully integrated and customer-aligned AZ-wide category plan
•Advises on and drives procurement strategies to make decisions necessary to purchase products and services in congruence with organisational objectives
•Drives the preparation of competitive bids, quotations and proposals with pertinent specifications, terms and conditions
•Coordinates the introduction of new and modified products and services with appropriate departments
•Analyses and resolves issues raised in procurement audit reports
•Advises on contracts and agreements for the supply of complex products and services with new and existing suppliers
•Develops, evaluates or manages internal and external relationships with suppliers, Category Teams and other cross-functional teams
•Leads a Procurement team, establishing and communicating strategic direction, providing business context, coaching and direction to enable the team to meet its performance targets
•Degree or equivalent professional qualification
•People management experience (as applicable)
•Relevant work experience, including Procurement experience
•Oral and written fluency in Business English
•Supplier Management experience
•Ability to leverage a range of influencing techniques
•Proven ability to manage change
•Strong analytical and financial skills
• Professional Procurement Qualification
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