Direct Category Manager

Posted 08 May 2024
Contact NameLuisa Namadila

Job description

Direct Category Manager – API’s

Location: Tornesch or Wedel with remote working policy (60% remote)

Company Overview
BioTalent are collaborating with a leading pharmaceutical company based in Europe, with a global presence in the healthcare industry to find an experienced Direct Category Manager. With headquarters located in the vibrant city of Wedel, Germany, the company are committed to innovation and excellence, specializing in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of high-quality pharmaceutical products, focusing on improving patient outcomes worldwide.

Job Description
As a Direct Category Manager, you will play a pivotal role in the dynamic procurement team, spearheading strategic initiatives for sourcing raw materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s), excipients, and reagents. We are seeking a passionate individual with a strong strategic procurement background who wants to drive impactful change within the organization.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute strategic sourcing strategies for designated categories, with a focus on setting the right supply base and negotiating contracts to achieve cost reduction initiatives.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify opportunities for innovation and value creation within the company, while maintaining a total cost ownership (TCO) perspective.
  • Lead efforts to assess and mitigate the impact of cost reduction initiatives on other steps in the value chain, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Manage supplier relationships and performance, both domestically and internationally, with a supply base primarily located in Central Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
  • Drive operational excellence within the procurement function, transitioning towards a more strategic approach and enhancing collaboration across the organization.

  • Proven track record in strategic procurement, preferably within the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry.
  • Strong negotiation skills and experience in developing sourcing strategies to achieve cost reduction targets.
  • Familiarity with operational procurement processes and willingness to drive change towards a more strategic operating model.
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix organization, collaborating with cross-functional teams and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Fluent in German (intermediate level) and English, with proficiency in internal documentation and standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally (10-20% of the time) to production sites and suppliers.