Assoc. Director, Supplier Relationship Contract Management

Job Title: Assoc. Director, Supplier Relationship Contract Management
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Dublin
REF: 123483
Contact Name: Director of The RFT Group
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Job Published: over 3 years ago

Job Description

Associate Director, Supplier Relationship & Contract Management

Our client is an exciting ambitious fast growing multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer. An sizable product pipeline scheduled for launch over the coming years will stretch and grow the person who holds this newly created Dublin based post.

Job Spec
  • Own, lead and manage the contracting process for assigned Development and Commercial activities with external Suppliers (CMOs, vendors etc.) associated with proprietary Commercial and Pipeline products.
    • Partner with Legal, Finance, Process Development, Quality, Technical Operations, EHSS, and other SME functions across the internal network, to deliver assigned contracts aligned with business goals.
    • Support the development & implementation of sustainable management systems and business processes within the contracting space.
  • Support the continued development and lead implementation of the External Operations Supplier Governance model and business processes across the external network for Development and Commercial activities.
    • Act as business relationship manager for designated Suppliers developing mutually beneficial relationships and accountable to deliver high quality, reliable and efficient supply on time and in full.
    • Monitor Supplier contracts for compliance with contractual terms.
    • Lead Business Review Meetings with key Suppliers along with other appropriate periodic engagement to manage performance and manage the business relationship
    • Manage KPI’s, scorecards, and provide management oversight for the external network.
    • Working closely with the broader Supply Chain and External Operations teams, set and maintain high performance standards across the external network.
    • Identify, implement and monitor continuous improvement initiatives & performance measures with the external network.
    • Represent our client across the external network in a manner consistent with our Purpose and Values.
  • Implement and maintain Risk Assessment and Risk Management tools and processes to evaluate Supplier risk profiles
    • Establish remediation strategies/plans to reduce risk and improve supply chain robustness
  • Collaborate and work closely with the Technical Operations function in supporting activities including but not limited to Technology Transfer and Supplier Selection.
  • Support the preparation and management of the Supply Chain budget.
  • Develop strong internal collaborations with stakeholders in External Operations and beyond to ensure alignment and delivery of mutual goals.
  • Ensure that personnel assigned to your area of responsibility are appropriately trained commensurate with their roles & responsibilities.
  • Identify continuous improvement/ best practice projects & processes across the Supply Chain and the external network, work collaboratively to implement these aligned with business strategy.
  • Enhance and contribute to the development of the External Operations group in line with company strategy
  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, Business or a related area is required, and 8+ years’ relevant work experience or a Masters and 7+ years’ relevant work experience
    • Minimum 7+ years’ experience in life sciences or related industry preferred
    • Minimum of 4+ years’ experience in people management and/or leadership roles
  • Minimum 4+ years’ contract negotiation, contract management, direct materials category management, supplier relationship management experience.
    • Strong negotiation & contracting skills are key to the role
    • Experience working closely with Legal experts and/or a legal qualification would be advantageous
  • Strong interpersonal skills, business acumen and a depth of knowledge of core aspects of the business are required to establish and maintain credibility with internal stakeholders and representatives of external suppliers at all appropriate levels including senior management
    • General knowledge of and experience working in a GMP environment.
    • Awareness of CFR’s as they apply to pharmaceutical industry, clinical support industries
  • Experience of collaboration and achieving results across grades, functions, business units, companies and geographies in a matrixed environment an advantage
    • Excellent communication, influencing, collaboration and technical writing skills
    • Ability to work independently and manage ambiguity, strong problem-solving skills
  • Project Management experience an advantage
  • Strong understanding of budgeting and spend management.
  • Strong PC skills, Microsoft Office and ERP (SAP preferred)
  • Travel - domestic and international – expected to be in the region of 25%.
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