Strategic Sourcing Specialist

09 Nov 2016
06 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
A leading Multinational Pharmaceutical and Medical Device company are currently seeking a Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Role Overview

The Sourcing Specialist will support the procurement function, with the sourcing of components and developing the supplier relationships for their supply base.

The Sourcing Specialist will assist customers with material and process selection for purchases, assist customers in locating and selecting suppliers for purchases per category strategies, negotiate prices, develop and administer contracts for strategic suppliers, develop strategic suppliers, develop and improve large spend category strategies and major business processes such as business continuity and supplier selection to deliver annual improvements in total cost, quality and service, and support sites as needed.


Develop an expertise in the business needs and capabilities for major spend categories or key business processes. Keep up with supply market trends, supplier economics, and best practice sourcing.
Ensure training on and compliance with relevant company procedures.
Seek to improve capabilities of the supplier base or key business processes.
Report performance data for assigned categories or key business processes.
Communicate, monitor, and aggressively manage compliance with the sourcing strategy or business process.
Establish close working relationships with other functions (e.g. engineering, operations, marketing, quality) to ensure full understanding and support of strategic sourcing perspective to key processes.
Represent the Sourcing organisation on supplier change projects.
Track and manage performance of suppliers and ensure that performance issues are quickly addressed.
Identify sources of data for performance metrics, create a process to collect data, and champion the collection efforts.
Champion annual productivity improvements by leading internal & joint supplier / teams pursuing cost reduction opportunities in alignment with the sourcing strategy (e.g. lowering inventory levels, increasing yields, improving supplier operations, etc.).
Contribute to the continuous development of sourcing knowledge base and best practice by identifying and implementing sourcing &;pockets of excelle;.
Partner with key stakeholders and partners to address technical issues for components and processes

Knowledge of:

Purchasing procedures
Supplier manufacturing processes
Production systems
Receiving and inspection procedures
Quality,Compliance and Regulatory procedures
Database management
Negotiation approaches
Contract law
Statistical methods
GLP's /

Personal Attributes

Excellent interpersonal skills required
Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills required
Creative & decisive problem solving skills
Ability to influence/collaborate to get to desired result
Customer focus (internal & external)
Adaptable to meet rapidly changing priorities
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
SAP/JDE experience a plus

Education / Experience

Bachelor's degree in logistics, business administration, operations or equivalent experience
MBA preferred
CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) certification preferred ,or certified member of CIPS(Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply)
3-5 years procurement/sourcing experience preferred
1-3 years of Materials / Supply Chain experience is required

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