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Bristol Myers Squibb

Senior Category Manager, Biologics External Manufacturing

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineering Manager


Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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This Senior Category Manager role focuses on the development of category strategies that define how purchasing will be done for Biologics Drug Substances and Drug Products. This role will develop, maintain and implement a 3-5 year strategic category plan that ensures all projects deliver maximum value. Additionally, this individual is responsible for overseeing the execution of category strategies by multiple cross-functional teams, including sourcing and contracting.

This role will assist in the development of and adherence to strategic category management processes and procedures, supplier and category segmentation, metrics/KPI development and application, and contract management. This individual is responsible for leading the sourcing, negotiating, contracting, purchasing to leverage buying power and recommend appropriate Procurement strategies and tactics to obtain desired results.

Communication with a broad stakeholder group from scientist to operations and quality teams is critical for this role. This role is expected to ensure close alignment to business priorities and functional objectives.

Major Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Develop global category strategies with regional / market variations that define how purchasing will be done for a given spend category

  • Define buying channels and purchasing policies to drive compliance and adherence to category strategy, with a user-centric approach

  • Develop a 3-5 year strategic plan to realize category strategy targets

  • Ensure clear roles and responsibilities between regional / local resources and global category leads to ensure “one-face” to the business

  • Lead and/or support major category initiatives within a multi-year plan including end-to-end process optimization, make / buy analysis and recommendations within a spend category

  • Negotiate supply agreements, and facilitate negotiation of other agreements as needed (e.g. CDA’s, Quality Agreements, etc)

Develop and manage key category budget owners and functional stakeholders

  • Champion Procurement training programs to better support business needs

  • Work in conjunction with Product Development, External Manufacturing, and Global Procurement Category Leads to develop a preferred supplier strategy and responsiveness to BMS network

  • Develop and implement metrics and reporting mechanisms to track category performance

  • Support business growth by providing market insights and subject matter expertise to key Business Partners

Ensure excellence in delivery of procurement initiatives that maximize corporate, business, and functional priorities and objectives

  • Remain current with market trends through relationships with Sourcing Managers, suppliers and market experts, and ensure compliance to the BMS process of gaining access / familiarity with emerging supplier capabilities

  • Coach and develop cross-functional implementation teams to appropriately execute category strategies globally and regionally

  • Provide hands-on execution support including negotiating and/or issuing of contracts and purchase orders, obtaining legal review and approval of a contract when required

Execute Supplier Relationship Management priorities by fostering collaborative relationships with highly strategic global / regional suppliers

  • Identify, build, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, and alliances with select suppliers through Supplier Relationship Development programs

  • Develop a list of preferred suppliers within a category of spend and manage compliance

  • Measure supplier performance using rating systems or predetermined standards

  • Champion effective use of tools and technology to promote efficient delivery of procurement initiatives


Minimum Requirements

  • B.S./B.A. in science, engineering or related study is required

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant industry experience (biopharma or related)

  • Minimum of 3 years of Procurement / Strategic Sourcing experience or related category domain experience or relevant experience

  • Experience leading and participating on cross-functional and/or global teams

  • Internal stakeholder management, data/information management, category management, process redesign and continuous improvement expertise, project management and performance measurement skills

  • Procurement process knowledge, contract management, financial analysis, market analysis, supplier analysis, supplier diversity, supplier management, technology utilization, strategic planning and integrated supply chain experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional certifications (e.g. CPM, CPIM, CSCP).

  • 3 years Pharmaceutical Procurement experience

  • Knowledge of the Biologics GMP manufacturing operations and strategic sourcing processes

If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn’t perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™ ”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

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

COVID-19 Information
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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