AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Global Category Managers in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Global Category Managers

Location: Cambridge (UK)

At AstraZeneca when we pride ourselves on our ethical approach to business both in the way that we work internally and the way we interact with the third parties that support our business. Delivering life-changing medicines is about doing the right thing – ensuring that our standards are upheld and risks are identified and managed effectively across our supply chains.

Every year, AstraZeneca spends more than $10bn on goods and services, representing 55% of the total cost base. The increasing cost of developing and bringing a drug to the market along with pressures on healthcare costs around the world and the rise of generic medicines mean the drive to get the best value from every AstraZeneca dollar has never been stronger.

The challenge is to deliver outstanding value, not only by actively managing spend to ensure focus on the resources and the discovery of innovative new medicines, but to help enable the business by adding broader business insight and best practice value through innovative procurement practices. The Procurement strategic aim is best summarised as “Delivering value to AstraZeneca, by being the partner of choice to the business and our suppliers through external insight and world class innovative sourcing solutions.”

Over the last 3 years AstraZeneca procurement has undergone significant transformation in enabling the business and delivering strong value in support of AstraZeneca’s bold vision and corporate strategy. In addition to achieving above benchmarks for savings delivery the procurement function has

  • Enhanced Capabilities

  • Become a true and valued Business Partner

  • Driven simplification and Procurement Excellence

  • Delivered innovation and insight

  • Established a new organizational structure

  • And invested heavily in their people

Our Global Strategy and actions have been recognised by being shortlisted for categories in the world procurement leaders awards, for two consecutive years 2016/17

With an industry leading partnering approach to the business AstraZeneca is now poised for the next step change in the journey. The Procurement Leadership Team is in the process of developing Procurement 2025 which builds on the strength of partnering, credible and business recognised value delivery, and the first steps in further innovation working in partnership with Suppliers.

As we look to 2018 and beyond AstraZeneca procurement is looking to build on these foundations and ensure the function is focused on bringing sustainable value to the business through an even greater focus on the ever increasingly complex sourcing and strategic collaborations and supplier partnerships.

AstraZeneca is investing significantly in their procurement excellence framework and Global Procurement Services. This enables the procurement teams to spend more time on strategy and business partnering with their stakeholders and suppliers around the world. Procurement at AstraZeneca has a well-established seat at the business table. Visionary and inspirational leadership and coaching by the procurement leadership team will continue to enable the function globally to leverage this position to deliver even more value to the business.

We have many key Global Category Manager roles within our Science Units and joining us will mean:

  • Having global accountability for spend categories across AstraZeneca

  • Leading both demand and supply side activities

  • Strategic planning – developing long term strategic category plans for you spend area

  • Strategic relationship management and business partnering

  • Overseeing the implementation of category plans

Do you have an unyielding commitment to procurement? If you are looking to take the next big step in your career by joining a progressive Global Procurement function then these roles present an excellent opportunity for you.

Essential Requirements:

  • Experience of working in global or regional procurement/category management roles

  • Background operating in a similar complex, matrix, global organisation like AstraZeneca or similarly heavily regulated industry

  • Leading projects that are aligned with enterprise-wide business/Procurement needs

  • A track record of leading category management activities at enterprise level

  • Experience of managing and building relationships with senior business stakeholders

  • Exceptional communication and negotiation skills

  • Strong analytical and financial skills

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience of working in the Pharmaceutical/Healthcare industry is desired but not essential

  • Exposure to more than one industry, sector (public and private) and/or consultancy experience

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.