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Category Manager

Company name
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Saint Louis, MO, United States

Employment Type

Operations, Procurement, Chemistry

Posted on
Jan 31,2019

Valid Through
May 16,2019

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Job Description

Position: Category Manager /Senior Category Manager Department: Corporate Procurement

Incumbent: Revision Date: Jan, 2019

Reports To: Director, Corporate Procurement Site(s): North America

Issued By: Human Resources Located: St. Louis, Princeton, o Raleigh Office

Overall Job Scope

• Provide global Biologics Single Use Technology category leadership for PSG-Biologics manufacturing global network, set global strategy and category manage with input from

o Site leadership and key stake holders

o Site procurement leads

o Enterprise and group category leads,

• Establish and maintain ongoing key suppliers’ relationships management (SRM) for Biologics with performance metrics in the form of supplier balanced scorecards

• Manage category demand, market, contracts, and supplier performance monitoring as outlined in the ThermoFisher Sourcing process; conduct sourcing projects & events, negotiate, manage, and execute “Preferred” Corporate Supply Agreements based on concept of Total Cost of Ownership principles regarding OTD, RFT, and profitability goals.

• Measure “Compliance” to the Corporate contracts

• Establish roadmap of annual objectives, strategies and saving pipeline projects to achieve annual savings target. Track and report project progress and project savings via EPM (electronic project management tool) to achieve category, and Site level procurement objectives. Support, coordinate, and leverage sourcing among PSG sites and the enterprise Thermo Fisher Scientific network.

• Take ownership of the overall relationship between each supplier in the responsible categories and be the primary escalation and resolution point for direct material supplies

• Responsible for providing suppliers demand forecast for the entire biologics network by demand planning with site master production schedule data, BU supply chain, and MRP system.

• Establish, through the deployment of Lean / Six Sigma techniques, tangible “Continuous Improvement” initiatives with key preferred suppliers

Reports To: Director Corporate Procurement NA

Key Reports: None

Total Staff: None


Key Job Challenges:

 Identification of opportunities to ensure API supply continuity and reduce spend

 Running best-in-class sourcing process, from opportunity assessment, to RFQ, to final agreement, to implementation using SSMF

 Solicitation and management of site support in carrying-out strategic projects or initiatives

Example of Job Challenges:

 Source, obtain bids and organize the purchase of materials to support the business on a strategic basis. This includes an in depth understanding of active and potential new suppliers, category tendering, category cost drivers and total cost of ownership.

Authority Levels:

 Negotiation of multi year regional and global supply agreements consistent with strategies agreed with Sr. Category Manager, Sr. Director, and VP Corporate Procurement NA, and business leadership

Functional Guidance:

 Direction and guidance provided through the CPO / Director Corporate Procurement NA. Normal guidance is given on a project basis and assistance in the identification, organization and support of the projects or initiatives. Normal supplier management and site support is provided as requested / needed.

Key Contacts:

Internal: Multi – Site Purchasing and Materials Management staff at all levels, Site Directors, finance, treasury, legal, QA, compliance, Corporate Procurement

External: Supplier base – Inside sales, global business contacts through to VP level and above

Nature of typical contact: Source, negotiate Total Cost of Ownership pricing, establish supply agreements, project management, quarterly business reviews, manage high level relationship and help deal with any performance issues.

Job Dimensions

Total Payroll: Not applicable

Total Value Added: Position will manage their assigned categories as part of the current 6,000 vendor base with a global annual spend of @ $340 M. Typical responsibilities would be in the range of $50 - $100 M in spend depending upon assigned categories

Asset Value of Plant & Equipment: Not applicable


A. Must haves:

 Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, supply chain, engineering, or business from accredited college or university.

 Minimum 5 year experience in related procurement field within a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment

 Strong organization skills and the ability to work independently

 Ability to prioritize multiple tasks

 Strong inter-personal communication skills (both oral and written)

 Capable of working across different geographical demographics and cultures

 Demonstrated ability to lead projects on a regional or global basis

 Ability to travel as required to sites, conferences and vendor locations

B. Wants:

 MBA strongly preferred. Professional purchasing certification such as an APICS, CPIM preferred.

 Knowledge of MRP system such as SAP or Oracle etc.

 Previous experience with procurement across pharmaceutical categories

 Experience in a pharmaceutical or contract manufacturing environment

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Company info

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
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Company Profile
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Our four premier brands - Thermo Scientific, Life Technologies, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services - offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support.

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