Procurement Manager – Gaithersburg, MD
At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We're passionate about the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life.
The Procurement Manager rolesupports category strategy development and associated initiatives for all agencies and some key vendors for the Oncology Business Unit, with particular focus on the NA region along with Global responsibilities. Partner with franchise / function marketers to meet marketing objectives and best in class agency partnerships. Additional category and activity support as required to support the business needs.
The Procurement Manager will be responsible for:
Category Management supporting activities and operational practices driving performance.
Collaborating on the OBU specifics for development of regionaland global strategy execution recommendations
Support the implementation of the broader agency strategies and holding company approach and proactively identifies alignments across larger OBU portfolio
Establishing strong relationships with key partners and agencies to drive improvement across service, quality, timeliness and outcomes
Supplier Analysis & Management; including QBRs, reporting, dashboards, surveys amongst other activities
Reporting and Analytics across multiple systems and data sets; including but not limited to Financial, Spend Analysis, Consumption/Demand analysis.
Analyzing and communicating patterns to identify new opportunities for value creation and turn data into concrete insights, decisions, and outcomes
Lead compliance, governance, and value tracking activities
Developing a comprehensive understanding of broader supplier and industry trends and dynamics
Facilitate and implement agency/supplier relationship management programs that span multiple AZ OBU areas in close partnership with key business leaders and strategies
Leads day to day procurement operational practices while balancing the responsibilities of various business areas, vendors, analytics and planning
Lead Sourcing-driven activities, negotiations, support peak contracting and reviews, including Project Management
Effectively guiding cross-functional teams in selecting agency and supplier partners that deliver best total value for AZ aligned to the OBU strategy
Collaborating with business partners and agency partners to create productive performance-based reviews
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Curious, passionate, self-starter with strong business partnering orientation
High integrity and work ethics – AZ values
Highly collaborative and agile team member
Must be knowledgeable of and experienced in the successful implementation of Advertising Strategic Sourcing and/or Agency Management standard methodologies
Shown project management experience including balancing varied priorities across multiple timelines and collaborator groups
Strong ability to analyze situations and resolve complex issues using data and analytics, including power BI and other systems/tools
Growth mindset and partnership approach towards suppliers
Experience in working with business leaders in formulating and completing business strategy
Comfortable delivering in a large, complex, and matrixed organization
Able to gain trust and influence others
Can deliver professional and effective communications that are persuasive, and result in positive impact on the business
Minimum of 4 years agency or procexperience in a procurement/sourcing environment, agency, vendor management or agency management/operations role
Solid experience and subject matter expertise in marketing related spend categories and activities
Clear understanding of holding company structure
Bachelor’s Degree is required
Prior agency management experience is preferred, strategic sourcing, vendor management, agency operations, agency management.
Previous work in the Advertising Agency industry is preferred, but not required
Works indirectly for the OBU Advertising and Media Category Director
When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.
At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, groundbreaking innovative methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.
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