Category Manager/Sr. Category Manager

Novato, CA, United States
Oct 11, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.


Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain


cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients.

Come join our team and make a meani ngful impact on patients' lives.


Global Supplier Management Team , which


the Category and Suppler Management processes at

the Novato, California and

Shanbally , Ireland

site s , is now

hir ing

a Category Manager to manage


spend in the area of single - use t echnology. This role

will support

B ioMarin's

global manufacturing,

new product introduction


and clinical manufacturing operations through the s trategic management of

the key 'Single - Use Technology' category and associated

supply partner relation ships.


Category Manager

for Single - Use Technology

has a specific responsibility to establish and implement a category - based sourcing

and supplier management

strategy at BioMarin and to monitor, maintain and develop the category on an ongoing basis.

This is a dynamic role where

in addition to having an in-depth understanding of category management

and supplier relationship management, the successful candidate will also lead cross - functional categ ory management teams and forums


add value by collectively leveraging


single - use

supply p artners, internal

stakeholder teams (Manufacturing / MSAT / Support Services

/ Finance

etc.) and overall category spend.

Key Responsibilities

To lead

and manage category management projects, supported by cross - functional teams as appropriate

To research and maintain a current deep - level understanding of the single - us e

category, the current and potential supply base, the current and potential supply market and internally to understand the current and future needs and wants of BioMarin and its stakeholders

To research and maintain an understanding of what the end customer needs and might want from the Global Supplier Management organization with respect to the category of single - use technology

To research and maintain an understanding of all supplier and supply - based risk ensuring ongoing contingency and mitig ation actions as appropriate while

watching for any changes that might require intervention

To deploy a managed approach to

engage and communicate with the wider business, especially focusing on relevant stakeholders to secure and maintain buy - in and support for category projects

To identify and implement the most effective, impactful and demonstrable strategic sourcing strategy for the category of single - use technology

To identify and put in place appropriate SRM interventions including supplier management activities around supplier reviews, score - carding and ensuring the contract continues to be robust

To keep a watchful eye on the market, environment and the changing needs of the business and identify when action is needed in response to any change

To report progress ongoing against specific project milestones and benefits delivery

To provide category and supplier - related support to

operational read iness activities where required

Work in collaboration with Global Supplier Quality and Global Compliance to

manage & co-ordinate the supplier and materials selection process with supplier agreements and contract s put in place where applicable

P artner with Material Operations at Novato and


to drive Su pplier performance improvement and directly support Operational Purchasing where required in support of purchasing - related material readiness activities

Communicate when required at any

site "Run the business" meetings (incl. S&OE), any

escalations or

potential impacts to the

business from a category

or supplier - related aspect. Support escalations

as appropriate through site and global forums (Procurement Governance) to ensure issues


criticalities a re

communicated and

resolved in a timely fashion

S upport Scenario planning

when required with colleagues in the Material Operations, Scheduling function, by performing raw material and

consumable feasibility analysis where called upon

Focus and encourage

(with suppliers and internally)


improvements (CI) in the single - use category to add additional value

Align with strategies and realization of

departmental and business goals



A Degree

in Supply Chain Management or other relate d Business discipline (at a minimum) is required

Supply Chain Certif ication is preferred

e.g. APICS

Project Manag ement Certification is desirable


A minimum of 5 years relevant

Purchasing /

Supply Chain Management

/ Category Management


is required

An in - depth understanding of

Planning, Sched uling, Purchasing and Logistics is required

Experience in


or Category Management

in a multi-national environment

Experience in the Biopharmaceutical industry



or Sterile Drug Product Filling ope rations

is desirable

Experience of Oracle would be beneficial but ERP system

competenc y

is essential

Knowledge, Skills and Capabilities :

Technical and process skills: An understanding of the category management process

with an ability to apply the tools and approaches with a good standard or rigor. An understanding of Bio and / or Pharma manufacturing principles

Research skills: Ability to gather,


and act on supplier, market and category data

GMP / GXP: Understands and appreciates the criticality of compliance and regulatory requirements as these apply to and are executed in bio pharmaceutical manufacturing

Business acumen: Ability to define, develop and communicate a set of business requirements for the allotted category based on the needs of the business

Sourcing strategy creation: Able to develop robust sourcing strategies based on the inputs and outputs of team - based projects and initiatives

Project management: Ability to plan, manage and implement sourcing strategies

Change management: Understands the principles of change management and can plan and implement around these

Negotiation: Ability to negotiate internally as well as with suppliers

Contracting: Understands contracting and the approach to implementing same

SRM & supplier skills: Understands the toolset and approach to SRM

and selects the most appropriate response to given interactions

Leadership & Interpersonal skills: Able to lead and inspire cross functional teams on category / purchasing - related projects for the good of the business

Collaboration & Coaching: Can collaborate easily and can coach in the implementation of tools related to category management

Communication: Presents complex messages to varied stakeholders and secures buy - in

Action - planning and prioritization: Ability to ensure timely delivery

Listening skills: D emonstrates active listening to enable


stakeholder engagement

Analytical skills: Takes complex data and shares relevant and simplified outputs to the relevant audiences

Conflict management: Manages through conflict to ensure best all-round outcomes

Engagement with the business: Ability to build good rapport and cultivate good working relationships

Proactivity: Is

a results

- driven, self - starter, positive and demonstrates a 'can - do' attitude

Patient & customer - focused: Ensures

that requirements are clearly planned for and communicated within the


Integrity & ethics: Ability to engage with suppliers and stakeholders in an ethical and compliant manner

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law