Global Category Senior Manager

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Feb 11, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Amgen discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives.

The Global Category Senior Manager will be responsible for one or more categories within Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain. Categories may include Clinical / Commercial Distribution, Secondary Packaging, etc. The Global Category Senior Manager will develop and manage the overall sourcing and supplier management processes for the categories.

Strategic Contribution
  • Develop, support and manage strategy for respective categories
  • Be a trusted advisor to VPs / Executive Directors

Delivery Innovation, Customer Experience and Supply Chain
  • Serve as a thought partner and actively challenge work to deploy the most comprehensive and creative solutions
  • GSS decision maker for category/functional sourcing strategy and supplier selection

Delivering Value for Customers
  • Drive operating efficiencies by understanding business needs and complex supply markets
  • Access supplier capability and innovation for the business
  • Manage and mitigate supply risk

Developing Category Strategies
  • Deliver customer solutions via global/regional category strategy
  • Bring Industry/business function-specific knowledge and experience
  • Customize sourcing strategy to drive value in specific functional environment, including legal & regulatory context
  • Initiate/build industry peer relationships
  • Support stakeholders with development of their business strategies

Driving Organizational Alignment
  • Frame & drive cross-functional sourcing agenda
    Drive alignment between category strategy and the needs and requirements of regions, countries, and sites
  • Engage with GSS country organizations to leverage local expertise and create engagement with local stakeholders
  • Drive stakeholder management across the Operations organization

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree AND 2 years of directly related experience


Master's degree AND 4 years of directly related experience


Bachelor's degree AND 6 years of directly related experience


Associate's degree and 10 years of directly experience


High school diploma / GED AND 12 years of directly related experience AND 2 years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Fulfillment of at least one of the following combinations: management consulting, market research & data suppliers and/or market research & data sourcing background
  • Experience with pharmaceutical logistics
  • Broad knowledge of the market forces shaping a customer's business context (e.g. supplier base, legal & regulatory environment, sources of competitive advantage)
    Demonstrated experience in identifying and utilizing full set of sourcing levers to drive value for customers
  • Ability to conduct benchmarking to address cost, quality, risk and innovation considerations
    Ability to provide thought leadership and actively shape strategy

Analytical & Technical
• Knowledge of sourcing, contract negotiations, and supplier management
• Strong understanding of best in breed eProcurement solutions

• Ability to analyze, summarize, and present insights based on the needs of the audience
• Ability to develop business cases and champion opportunities with quantifiable financial benefits

Change Management
• Independent self-starter and able to motivate others to accomplish ambiguous tasks
• Ability to lead teams in a matrix organization, across geographic and functional reporting lines
• Demonstrated track record of identifying root causes to issues and proactively problem solving
• Change management experience with large and complex organizational transformations with proven project management experience
• Demonstrated success in partnering cross-functionally
  • Ability to own and strengthen relationships with key customers
  • Compelling and persuasive communicator (oral and written) with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Results driven
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.
Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.