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Title:  Category Manager, Packaging Procurement



Responsible for executing Sourcing and Category Strategies in the area of Direct Materials in line with the overall Company Sourcing and business strategy to optimize external spend and prepare for future sourcing challenges in close collaboration with Business Partner on equivalent Management level. Accomplish Strategic Sourcing events within the area of Direct Materials. Analyze market to support and execute identified opportunities for strategy development.

Lead project team(s) in a matrix to execute innovative processes and strategies.




Category Strategy

• Leverage key organizational capabilities to implement and execute Category Strategies consistent with the Company’s overall goals and objectives to ensure external spend optimization and supply-security within assigned categories.

• Take active part in cross-functional projects to realize savings potential and execute identified business opportunities in line with Global Category Strategy.

Sourcing Strategy - Lead complex Sourcing Projects

• Run analysis to forecast usage patterns and to predict trends by using expertise to enlarge the Company’s position within the external markets. Execute innovative sourcing strategies together with business partner by using knowledge to combine Demand and Market analysis.

• Carry out the sourcing, negotiation and contracting activities, within assigned range of categories, to achieve strategic and operational success for the Company.

Demand Management / Business Partnering

• Build effective Customer Relationship Management with internal business partners on equivalent Management level to identify for business opportunity and savings potential to optimize global spend.

• Collaborate cross-functionally to analyze and leverage internal demand to align with external opportunities and mitigate risks within assigned responsibility.

Market / Supply Analysis

• Keep abreast of trends related to assigned category with the market within the industry, leverage those to identify opportunities. Execute best practices in order to drive innovation within the assigned categories.

• Analyze market to execute identified opportunities for strategy development.

• Execute Risk Management processes to mitigate identified, evaluated and classified sourcing risks in order to ensure continuity of supply.

Supplier Management

• Perform best-in-class supplier management process within assigned categories, including negotiation of Supply Agreements.

* Target the optimization on business relationship with Supplier contact to gain Market Intelligence and implement agreed performance levels.

• Track and report agreed KPI’s and effective governance model with external sources on required levels to ensure strategic alignment.

• Work together with Business Partners on building mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers to continuously improve performance or resolve potential issues at an early stage.

Other duties as assigned.

Continuous Improvement Process within Purchasing

• Drive internal communication and ensures knowledge sharing across all Purchasing colleagues for operational effectiveness and consistency. 

• Actively supports the business model effectively and consistently. Fully supports the efficient working environment and applies continuous improvement process.

Managerial Responsibility

• Works independently within a project or network across the Department. Lead project team(s) in a matrix (e.g. cross functional) to execute innovate processes and Category Strategies.

• Perform ongoing optimization of cross functional category teams.


Ability to operate in an ambiguous, dynamic and rapidly changing business environment. Operates/demonstrates working with a global mind-set.  Intercultural awareness, interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills for optimal team work.




  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Business and/or Supply Chain plus 5 years of sourcing experience or;
  • Masters’ Degree preferably in Business and/or Supply Chain plus 3 years of sourcing experience. 
  • Experience in a generic pharmaceutical industry preferred
  • Experience in managing global, local and cross functional team(s) with demonstrated knowledge of global/regional/local markets in order to evaluate and develop the most effective sourcing strategy.
  • Demonstrated proficient skills in MS Office products, SAP
  • Demonstrated strong negotiation skills in business and legal terms and conditions
  • Sourcing experience in an international company with considerable spend responsibility preferred, negotiation and contracting of business agreements, knowledge of business in assigned categories preferred.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry preferred that includes sourcing experience in some or all of the following areas: API, primary packaging, secondary packaging, excipients and raw materials.
  • Ability to operate in an ambiguous, dynamic and rapidly changing business environment.
  • Operates/demonstrates working with a global mind-set. 
  • Intercultural awareness, interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills for optimal team work.


What We Offer

  • Clean climate-controlled working environment (Operator roles at the top)
  • Annual performance bonus potential
  • 401k employer match up to 6% of your contributions
  • 23 vacation/personal days
  • 11 paid Company holidays
  • Generous healthcare benefits
  • Employee discount program
  • Wellbeing rewards programs
  • Safety and Quality is a top organizational priority
  • Career advancement/growth opportunities
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Maternity and Parental Leave


*Eligibility requirements apply to some benefits and may depend on your job classification and length of employment. Benefits are subject to change and may be subject to a specific plan or program terms.


Columbus, OH, US, 43228

Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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