Associate Director, Clinical Strategic Sourcing

Lake County, IL, US
Sep 22, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Leader on the Strategic Sourcing team, focusing on the contracting needs of the R&D Development organization with responsibility in an individual performance capacity and as a manager of Clinical Strategic Sourcing staff. Role requires pro-actively evaluating, negotiating with, measuring and managing vendors providing services and deliverables to AbbVie In support of AbbVie Clinical Trials and the Development organization within R&D, with sole responsibility for up to enterprise scale (multiple countries, value generally exceeds $10 MM annually, multiple TA/FAs utilizing) vendor relationships and transactions with peak complexity. Additional responsibility for managing individual R&D Strategic Sourcing team members pursuing similar tasks in support of the R&D organization.

Leads negotiations and drives transactions to completion on time and on budget. Active manager and primary owner of supplier categories and supplier relationships, including sourcing responsibility. Manages direct reports in their contracting and vendor management efforts in pursuit of AbbVie R&D's strategic goals.

Responsible for maintaining compliance with Corporate Purchasing, Finance, Quality Assurance and Office of Ethics and Compliance policies

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Negotiates and executes all potential R&D Agreements, with direct category management responsibility for the most strategic and sensitive vendor relationships in support of AbbVie Clinical Trials and the Development organization. Maintains and manages existing agreements including amending agreements in relation to new business needs or changes in circumstances.
  • Manages a team responsible for strategic category management for all R&D vendors supporting AbbVie Clinical Trials and the Development organization.
  • Independently drives managed transaction success, accountable for successfully managing vendors through relationship lifecycle and guiding vendor interactions of direct reports.
  • Responsible for providing initial document drafting and originating redlines to Legal following return of documents from counterparties, primary responsibility for decision making on issues that have crossover between Legal and business expertise.
  • Reviews and analyzes KPIs/metrics, holding vendors accountable to established performance criteria for vendor activities. Drives the investigation of vendor performance issues and develops solutions to ensure overall performance, compliance and Quality.
  • Assists in establishing and is responsible for maintaining consistent practices and policies related to vendor activities to insure compliance with Corporate Purchasing, Finance, QA, Clinical and OEC policies.
  • Across supported R&D service categories, responsible for pro-actively collaborating with TAs/FAs and related Technology Licensing and Collaborations (TLC) POCs and Outsourcing Management on sourcing. Leverages these efforts to strategically build a preferred supplier network in such categories.
  • Provide effective communication and recommendations to both internal and external partners. Address business issues for key services providers in conjunction with TLC POCs and Outsourcing Management, QA, Dev Ops and other related depts. Escalates issues as defined by KPIs/metrics.
  • Implements the comprehensive plan for R&D SG&A savings goals across all contracting functions.
  • Liase with Corporate Purchasing, TAs/FAs and fellow R&D delegated purchasing functions to ensure R&D needs are met.

  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree is strongly preferred (Scientific, JD, MBA).
  • Minimum of 10 years combined experience in pharmaceutical research, legal, strategy, clinical trial support or financial analysis required. Prefer Pharmaceutical, Licensing, CRO or Legal experience.
  • Management experience, or identified strengths in team building and relationship management.
  • Strong knowledge of drug development, project management, quality assurance, manufacturing, clinical and non-clinical research, legal and regulatory functions.
  • Strong understanding of outsourcing processes, corporate purchasing standards, legal, OEC, QA and finance policies and procedures.
  • Experience in leveraging resources in a global environment without direct reporting responsibility/authority. Demonstrated leadership skills with a very broad business orientation. Responsible to teams but with no direct reporting responsibility/authority for those functional areas
  • Proven project management skills. Demonstrated success in managing broad scope projects involving cross-functional teamwork.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically. Position requires strong analytical skills to understand scientific and financial data, recognize key issues and establish priorities.
  • Must have demonstrated strong negotiation skills through past experience. Excellent communication skills both (written and verbal). Experience in preparing/presenting key information to senior level management.
  • Requires problem solving abilities at both strategic and operational levels. To identify and resolve issues related to a contract, or management of the supplier to the contract or management of performance issues. This involves both internal cross-functional problem solving as well as issue resolution between functional areas and external suppliers

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