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Global Category Buyer – External Manufacturing

Waltham, Massachusetts, Bridgewater, New Jersey, Swiftwater, Pennsylvania



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GLOBAL CATEGORY BUYER – Outsourcing/External Manufacturing- Biologics/Vaccines


Lead sourcing of goods and services within the Global Outsourcing perimeter.  Executes and implements contracts/agreements in perimeter.  Develops, implements, executes and optimizes sourcing strategies in support of IA Outsourcing based on supplier, technology and market intelligence respecting global category management guidance.  This mission is aligned with the values, the ethical charter and the code of conduct of the Group.  Scope is supporting Global Outsourcing perimeter.

Key Accountabilities:


  • Conduct supplier and technology market analysis with specific benchmarking reviews as required; Share the global supplier market expertise in Sanofi

  • Contribute to the Sanofi Procurement sourcing team and Business Partners (lead specifiers) to build innovative category and/or sub-category strategies that have measurable benefit for Sanofi

  • Anticipate and consolidate all business needs to develop action plans, execute negotiations and facilitate implementation specific to category and/or sub-category

  • Ensures good execution of any category sourcing plan in line with global strategy and regional/country needs

  • Deliver world class total savings objectives

  • Ensure procurement technical excellence (TCO, SRM, Market Intel, Risk Management, Innovation, CSR, HSE, compliance, quality…) at his/her perimeter

  • As per mandate of management, manage Business Reviews with identified key suppliers


  • Scope is on global level and includes multiple IA sites/entities globally

  • Travel between sites and or vendors will be necessary at some interval

  • Accountable for optimizing purchasing of goods and services within Outsourcing to meet the needs of internal customers, in compliance with the purchasing/sourcing orientations and company procedures

  • Develop reports, activity dashboards, maintain standard costs and relevant KPIs to monitor and manage activities

  • Provide information and support for Controlling reporting activities per respective categories

  • Provide to procurement network: Market trends, share budget assumptions and LRP

  • Support annual budget, PPV and PO processes. 

  • Drive the development of new market opportunities (new suppliers, technologies, substitution products, etc.)

  • Lead and conduct RFP process utilizing e-sourcing tool

  • Drive the negotiations with suppliers under his/her perimeter

  • As assigned, lead a S.R.M. program at his/her perimeter

  • Utilize Lean Concept to drive the resolution of issues and improve supplier performance

  • Provide support to Sanofi’s DPO objectives with suppliers in the category.

  • Where applicable, be accountable on achieving Inventory targets (shared with Supply Chain function)

Business Partnering

  • Ensure proper BP at global/regional level, with global/regional IA stakeholders, as it pertains to Outsourcing

  • Act as Procurement focal point for pre-defined subjects and as a facilitator for the purchasing function 

  • Ensure consistency, communication and integration within the IA, Business and Procurement network as it pertains to Outsourcing

  • Actively support business partnering activities in collaboration with Procurement peers

  • Develop and maintain strong interfaces with P2P, Finance, Legal and all other relevant teams

Category Management

  • Ensure the operational sourcing & action plan is followed for his/her perimeter (composed of different spend families) is fully aligned with category management strategy/orientation

  • Support management and peers, provides advice and/or participates in strategic negotiations according to needs

Procurement Risk Management, Compliance, Ethics and CSR

  • Ensure Procurement skills are robust & current via Procurement Academy and other ad hoc offerings

  • Take part in regular training sessions to audits requirements

  • Compliance sanity checks

  • Pre & Post Audit management

  • Crisis management

Education & Experience

  • Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree.  No certifications required.

  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English required. 

  • Minimum years of experience:  7+ Procurement, Operations, Engineering, Quality or related Pharmaceutical industry discipline. Leadership experience desirable.

  • Outsourcing experience preferred within Drug substance and/or Drug Product

  • Procurement and/or international experience preferred.

Technical Skills Requirements

  • Preferred demonstrated knowledge of procurement systems, processes and procedures

  • Analytical and negotiation skills and techniques

  • Management skills in assessing business issues

  • Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to facilitate cross-functional teams locally and in international network

  • Basic understanding of ERP systems (i.e. SAP) and financial practices

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project Management

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.


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