Associate Director, Global Category Leader, Single Use Technology

Novato, California
Jun 15, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

Job Description

JOB TITLE – Global Category Leader, Single Use Technology

DEPARTMENT – TOPS Global Procurement


As Global Category Leader, you are part of the TOPS Global Procurement (TGP) organization accountable for driving and delivering Procurement value across a group of Single Use Technology (SUT) suppliers that support the Technical Operations (TOPS) and R&D organizations. You will manage a team of procurement professionals responsible for sourcing and executing category strategy programs.

TGP is a key function within TOPS that delivers value to BioMarin by leveraging market intelligence, subject matter expertise and business insights in the procurement of good and services and management of BioMarin’s third party spend. Through collaboration with our external suppliers and internal business partners, TGP helps bring innovative new medicines to patients.

As Global Category Leader, you are responsible for developing and executing a global category strategy, leading strategic sourcing initiatives and projects together with business partners, executing on strategic programs to achieve savings targets and other KPIs. You will lead complex contract negotiations and ensure contract value realization and supplier performance through effective Supplier Relationship Management business reviews.

Thanks to your strong leadership, communication, and influencing skills, you ensure stakeholder alignment and support to deliver value through the implementation of category strategies and initiatives. You establish effective working relationships with functional stakeholders to ensure alignment and full realization of the benefits of the category strategy.


  1. Lead team of Procurement professionals executing sourcing events and category strategy programs/projects; set strategic objectives for team, manage pipeline of projects, report savings and develop team members
  2. Accountable for the creation and application of a business aligned long term, end-to-end Category Strategy and the development of an annual pipeline of strategic category initiatives that deliver value for the business.
  3. Execute category initiatives and ensure responsibility for delivery and reporting of savings.
  4. Develop, negotiate, and support and manage global contracts with suppliers in line with stakeholder / business needs.
  5. Utilize deep analytics to understand category spend and identify opportunities to gain efficiencies, including optimize cost savings.
  6. Leverage market and business intelligence to drive value including innovation, risk mitigation, quality/compliance, and cost optimization.
  7. Drive market intelligence and innovation - assess global market conditions and direction of assigned categories; partner with suppliers, and internally, to drive innovation
  8. Develop and lead cross-functional teams in support of category projects and programs to achieve maximum value.
  9. Design sourcing strategies and develop supplier relationships that achieve maximum value from the current and potential supplier base. Continuously refine strategies to adapt and improve delivery of objectives.
  10. Lead supplier selection process and negotiate contracts. Develop actionable recommendations based on a clear definition and articulation of options and tradeoffs. Develop action plans that anticipate implementation problems and leverages internal and supplier capabilities while building full commitment throughout the process.
  11. Monitor CAPEX category spending, both in aggregate and via patterns/cycles, and continuously evaluate options to reduce total cost of ownership. Propose policy and business case to drive corporate discipline in capital efficiency. Establish and deploy standards and monitor compliance.
  12. Serve as a conduit for innovation from supplier base. Develop market intelligence and benchmarking. Act as subject matter expert in your category(s) and supplier market dynamics. Proactively identify new markets and supplier sources.
  13. Develop in-depth knowledge of category specifications, BioMarin products and processes and regulatory requirements.
  14. Maintain in depth understanding of supplier capabilities, capacity and overall financial stability. Assess supply risk and develop appropriate strategies to mitigate that risk. Ensure that suppliers have developed and tested contingency plans.
  15. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of contract terms and conditions including key performance requirements. Assure compliance to contracting policy and established contracts.
  16. Lead and facilitate resolution of supplier issues. Work closely with all related internal functions including Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, and R&D.
  17. Establish function scorecards and other communication vehicles to measure and report performance including supplier performance and value realized.
  18. Build cross functional awareness of the supplier management role across the organization.
  19. Lead continuous improvement initiatives throughout the organization in the enhancement of functional processes and in the realization of material / service supply opportunities.



  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, supply chain, or life sciences, MBA/MS preferred, C.P.M. desirable
  • 10+ years strategic procurement experience with extensive knowledge of category management, advanced sourcing, and contract negotiations expertise.
  • 5+ years management experience with proven ability to develop staff members.
  • 7+ years in biotech / life sciences industry.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, including solid interpersonal, analytical and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to influence stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Strategic thinker who develops solutions to problems of unusual complexity which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovativeness.
  • Strategic thinker who develops solutions to problems of unusual complexity which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovativeness.
  • Regularly exercises independent judgement and discretion regarding matters of significance.
  • Uses leadership skills to develop solutions to complex problems of unusual complexity which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovativeness.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive application of strategies and concepts across multiple disciplines.
  • Creates formal networks with key decision makers and stakeholders and demonstrates ability to make/drive decisions that support strategic objectives of the department, TOPS and BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Helps determine overall objectives and long-range goals of the organization.

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