Global Category Manager for Process Development supporting Cell Therapies and Contract Manufacturing Operations

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Global Category Manager for Process Development supporting Cell Therapies and Contract Manufacturing Operations

Cambridge, Massachusetts


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Global Category Manager for Process Development supporting Cell Therapies and Contract Manufacturing Operations

Job ID R0067134 Date posted May. 16, 2022 Location Cambridge, Massachusetts

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About the role:

Join us as a Global Category Manager for Process Development supporting Cell Therapies and Contract Manufacturing Operations (CMO) and other subcategories` in our Cambridge, MA office. As a Global Category Manager working in the Global Real Estate, Facilities and Procurement Team (GREFP), you will be empowered to work with leaders across the Cell Therapy and Pharmaceutical Science teams within R&D to help develop a comprehensive Global Category Strategy for Cell Therapies and Pharmaceutical Sciences covering latest technologies and contract pharmaceutical manufacturing activities across the R&D portfolio. You will ensure that the category strategy and delivery reflect the broader our requirements such as Quality and Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) for commercial scale up considerations.

How you will contribute:

  • Plan and lead category plans for a clearly defined sub-category or a group of elementary sub-categories with a total spend value of approx. USD200m
  • Develop sub-category strategies for complex evolving markets in cell therapies and pharm sci facing spend categories as part of the wider Category Strategy.
  • You will be accountable for a proportion of the category savings target and lead category projects, spanning sourcing projects, demand management and process re-engineering, and managing sub-category specific supplier performance and new ideas activities to help provide the global procurement targets.
  • You will work with Global Procurement Leadership to develop formalized Category Management organization structures and category management methods and collaborates with procurement and partners on a global basis to ensure these are implemented.
  • You will provide value (operational and financial) following goals. You will also take personal ownership of large arrangements and provide subject matter expertise for other supply and commercial arrangements.
  • Collate supplier, market, category and internal data for the sub-category and provide sub-category input and validation to the global Category Strategy, including facilitating involvement of relevant partners. Using this as a basis, develop sub-category specific category strategies and communicate and distribute to relevant partners in the procurement and business community. Strategies developed will be scalable and aligned across Takeda Operating Companies and departments.
  • Provide sub-category input to inform the top-down target setting process and delivering sub-category savings targets following engagement in the target setting process.
  • Develop a pipeline of sub-category plans and opportunities (Savings / Productivity / Risk Management / Innovation) required to meet targets using external supply market / business intelligence, application of benchmarking methodologies and internal partner knowledge. This process may include management and coordination of specialist suppliers on market intelligence data.
  • Contribute to the development of the Annual Category Plan based on the sub-category strategy, business planning activities and sub-category pipeline and ensure these are staffed and accomplished following targeted goals. This will involve providing oversight, support and coaching to any allocated project managers in the deployment of projects.
  • Provide sub-category input into the development of the Category Management Handbook to translate the Category Strategy and Annual Category Plan into clear, practical guidance for main procurement and functional colleagues and ensure that category associates involved in operational buying activities have access to the Category Management Handbook.
  • Partner with the regional procurement hubs and the business to ensure the generation of monthly metrics reports
  • Work with the required functions or other areas within GREFP and Takeda Business Services to support programs to bring spend accuracy in the covered sub-category area following agreed goals.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Degree level educated
  • 10+ years in-depth strategic and operational procurement experience with a solid working knowledge of category management
  • 10+ years overall business experience, including working within a regulated industry
  • Direct experience managing category management projects and development of sourcing strategies
  • Knowledgeable in offshore operating environments e.g. Captive, Build Operate Transfer, Managed Service, Functional & Full-Service concepts
  • Experience with enterprise systems and procurement tools such as Ariba, SAP or Purchase Order technology

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions
  • Family Planning Support
  • Flexible Work Paths
  • Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

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