Global Category Sr. Manager

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Oct 18, 2019
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
Job Summary

The Global Category Strategic Sourcing Senior Manager will report into the Global Research, Process Development, and Contract Manufacturing Director within Global Strategic Sourcing (GSS). Role will be responsible for developing sourcing strategy, leading supplier selection and supplier relationship management for the Contract Manufacturing category (~$275M spend). The Senior Manager will be accountable to understand business strategy and then develop a comprehensive, long term, category strategy which will deliver maximum value to Amgen internal customers, shareholders and patients in this spend category.

Strategic Contribution
  • Serves as the category leader and market expert in this category for the company
  • Develops strong, mutually beneficial relationships with key internal stakeholders to understand internal needs and strategies
  • Develops deep supplier relationships and expert understanding of the supply market
  • Collaboratively creates a multiyear strategy for the category that will delivery year over year productivity
  • Leads the Supplier and Source selection process for the category
  • Provides leadership in establishing supplier segmentation and supports the SRM process
  • Provides subject matter advice to internal and external stakeholder groups addressing current/future business needs, demonstrating marketplace knowledge
  • Acts as a trusted business advisor, providing thought leadership and consistent customer service
  • Leads the contracting process and strategy for the related supply base.
  • Leads and influences stakeholder groups with sound and articulate business case recommendations (i.e. make vs. buy strategy) with quantifiable financial benefits
  • Ability to effectively communicate strategies, drive decisions and challenge stakeholders
  • Champion of Productivity efforts within the category

Delivering Value for Customers
  • Owns the category management process and the frame-work and set of practices used to optimally
  • Acts as an ambassador for the GSS function and be the key point of contact for the category, both within and outside of GSS
  • Effectively drives cross-category collaboration where 'overlapping' stakeholder groups, geographic regions and / or requirements exist
  • Manages, minimizes and mitigates supply/contractual/regulatory risk by leveraging other key Amgen functions where appropriate
  • Ability to develop and model multiple business cases to demonstrate the potential opportunities and impact of options across a category

Analytical & Technica l
  • Proven technical knowledge and business ability related to Contract Manufacturing categories within the Biotech industry
  • Proven ability to use the Category Management process and ability to use relevant tools to develop strategic plans
  • Ability to develop baseline cost models to accurately represent current state and ability to build dynamic total cost of ownership models with multiple scenarios in order to evaluate and quantify value
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools (powerpoint and excel), analytical tools, ERP systems etc.
  • CPM qualification (US) or CIPS qualification (UK) is desirable


Doctorate degree and 2 years of Sourcing plus any combination of Finance, Engineering/Computer Science, Management Consulting and Data Sciences experience
Master's degree and 4 years of Sourcing plus any combination of Finance, Engineering/Computer Science, Management Consulting and Data Sciences experience
Bachelor's degree and 6 years of Sourcing plus any combination of Finance, Engineering/Computer Science, Management Consulting and Data Sciences experience
Associate's degree and 10 years of Sourcing plus any combination of Finance, Engineering/Computer Science, Management Consulting and Data Sciences experience
High school diploma / GED and 12 years of Sourcing plus any combination of Finance, Engineering/Computer Science, Management Consulting and Data Sciences experience

  • Solid understanding of procurement/sourcing/category management methodology and able to drive value for customers leveraging fit-for-purpose sourcing levers
  • Excellent and disciplined project management and prioritization skills with ability to react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently
  • Ability to conform to shifting priorities and have ability to drive multiple simultaneous projects
  • Strong business acumen in order to quickly understand functional/category dynamics and develop category strategies that drive value
  • Proven ability to deliver complex multi-regional and/or global projects in a matrixed and global environment
  • Broad knowledge of the market forces shaping a customer's business context (e.g. supplier base, legal & regulatory environment, sources of competitive advantage)
  • Ability to understand external market information, including ability to conduct benchmarking to address cost, quality, risk and innovation considerations
  • Ability to understand cost drivers, internal costs and future demand and re requirements
  • Ability to provide thought leadership, ability to influence and actively shape strategy
  • Strong financial acumen and problem-solving skills
  • Independent self-starter and able to motivate others to accomplish ambiguous tasks
  • Clear thinker, disciplined, logical and organized with the ability to prioritize
  • Strong oral and written communication / presentation / collaboration skills
  • Strong executive communicator with the ability to create and communicate complex business cases in a simple and effective manner

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.

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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.

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