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Bristol Myers Squibb

Senior Category Manager, External Manufacturing

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineering Manager



Summit, New Jersey, United States

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

The Senior Category Manager, External Manufacturing role is part of the global team responsible for the procurement of externally manufactured drug products and finished packaging (Large and Small Molecules). The Senior Category Manager will also be responsible for developing and implementing strategic sourcing solutions for clinical and commercial supply.

Major Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Implement high value sourcing strategies appropriate for all phases of the product lifecycle, supporting development, commercial and mature product requirements; early clinical phase, full development, and launch requirements.

  • Implement sourcing and value development roadmap and initiatives; contribute to strong supplier relationship management, including selective strategic partnerships with GPS Operations and External Manufacturing support of Contract Manufacturers.

  • Implement sourcing projects, supplier negotiations, and supplier relationship opportunities to implement best in class sourcing and procurement for this category. - Contribute to annual budgeting with year to year standard costs, budget variances and PPV metrics.

  • In conjunction with the Business Partners, jointly manage supplier relationships and conduct business reviews to ensure all business objectives and long-term goals are met. (Including business process improvements and cost of goods reduction opportunities).

  • Conduct rigorous analyses of data and gather critical market/supply base information for Drug Products make vs. buy decisions. In conjunction with finance, perform cost modeling and total cost/value of ownership analyses.

  • Work with external manufacturing operations stakeholders, Site Procurement and Global Procurement liaisons to ensure compliance to global & site specific policies, processes, and standards.

  • Plan, coordinate, and administer the operational, financial, administrative, and technical functions of the sourcing & procurement process.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of technical and business experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in Global Procurement, External Manufacturing Management, and/or Drug Product functions.

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering, Life Sciences, Business, Supply Chain, Procurement or related field required.

  • Background in Continuous Improvement area with Lean and Six Sigma certification / training

  • Demonstrates strong negotiation skills using sound sourcing principles and a fact-based approach. Can respond appropriately to unanticipated situations.

  • Ability to effectively communicate to a diverse audience at multiple levels within the company through various formats i.e. presentations, written proposals /reports/ correspondence, leading meetings, face to-face dialogue etc.

  • Fully understands the methodology, process and guidelines for conducting and implementing an efficient/effective sourcing project that is aligned with global policies and procedures

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA degree preferred but not required.

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or APP Certification a plus.

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

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