Senior Category Manager -Direct Materials

Foster City, CA
Nov 25, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Senior Category Manager -Direct Materials
United States - California - Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead’s therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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Inclusion is one of the company’s five core values. That’s because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Role and Responsibilities:

The Senior Category Manager (Supply Chain) will be responsible for the development and execution of sourcing (category) strategies and sourcing initiatives for assigned categories of direct materials within the Pharmaceutical and Biologics Ops. (PBO) organization. They will lead, collaborate, and influence cross functional teams and be responsible for conducting supplier risk analysis, spend analysis, supply market research, RFIs/RFPs, participate and/or lead supplier negotiations, manage supplier relationships and supplier performance management.

Core Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Lead cross functional category management team to develop and execute category strategies for assigned categories that optimize value, drive innovation, and mitigate risk.

  • Ensure category strategies are communicated to all key PBO stakeholders.

  • Ensure supply chain for materials in assigned categories have a defined and properly executed risk mitigation strategy.

  • Develop strong internal relationships with stakeholders to define internal business requirements that are critical to PBO.

  • Perform supplier segmentation analysis to differentiate between suppliers in assigned categories and determine optimal level of oversight and relationship management.

  • Perform external market analysis including supply market research for assigned categories.

  • Develop and maintain deep understanding of supplier capabilities, capacity, and risk elements within assigned categories.

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of categories. Become SME for assigned categories.

  • Develop, negotiate, support, manage, and maintain agreements with suppliers in assigned categories.

  • Effectively lead supplier relationship management, including leading periodic business reviews in line with Gilead business requirements.

  • Develop relationship contact matrix and create escalation management process for suppliers in assigned categories.

  • Ensure uninterrupted supply of materials to internal Gilead sites and external CMOs for materials included in assigned categories.

    Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:

  • 8+ years of relevant experience in related field and a BS or BA; or 6+ years of relevant experience and a MA/MS/MBA.

  • Prior experience in pharmaceutical, biotech or life sciences highly preferred.

  • Significant prior experience in strategic sourcing / procurement category management with a focus on direct materials required.

  • Experience leading cross functional category teams with functions including: Manufacturing Engineering, Development, Quality, Finance, Supply Chain and Legal.

  • Experience with ERP system software, with emphasis on Operations/Supply Chain functionality.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively and positively influence suppliers, stakeholders and internal team members.

  • Demonstrated sourcing experience including: developing and executing RFI/RFP, supplier qualification, contract negotiations, supply market research, spend analytics, and supplier relationship management.

  • Track record of applying sourcing principles, concepts, best practices, and standards along with in-depth knowledge of industry best practices.

  • Demonstrated communication, presentation, organizational, time management, and change management skills.

    About Gilead:

    Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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