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BioLife Strategic Procurement Manager and Business Partner

Lexington, Massachusetts
Start date
Feb 10, 2024

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Biolife Strategic Procurement Manager and Business Partner

Takeda PharmaceuticalBannockburn, IL

About the role:

You will be the primary business partner from Global Direct Materials Procurement to the Biolife Operating Unit, responsible for plasma supply to Takeda manufacturing and fractionation operations supporting the fastest growing segment of Takeda’s business.. The Strategic Procurement Manager will support the Supply Management and Operations Teams of the internal Biolife plasma collection centers from a Procurement perspective and drive the development of strategies for, and execution of the sourcing and contracting 3rd party plasma purchases. as well as other direct materials category management as assigned.

Be the primary Point of Contact for all Procurement needs, inquiries and initial coordination, using relationships and knowledge of the Procurement organization to ensure the proper category support is identified for all of BioLife’s needs. Owner of five critical procurement strategies critical to the BioLife mission, you will develop and execute, in partnership with BioLife Supply and Operations, these strategies with key accountabilities and alignment with BioLife’s unique business and objectives. The primary point of Procurement expertise for this unique, complex and rapidly growing business unit, representing BioLife’s requirements to both internal and external stakeholders.

Partner with Category Leads, Heads of Departments, Directors and functional subject matter experts for developing the overall strategy for assigned categories in accordance with business and fiscal guidelines for terms and conditions, quality, cost and availability in meeting overall company objective. This individual will be the focal point for sourcing, negotiations, contract development, new supplier development and engagement as well as supplier management, risk mitigation and supplier performance.

Strategic Sourcing: Experience with the various sourcing tools and analytical methods commonly practiced and used within a world-class Global Procurement organization to deliver value / savings and other delivery targets such as expenditure influence, innovation, and supplier management. Familiarity with the discipline of the 7 steps of sourcing.

Skills and Knowledge: Demonstrated / proven typical skills and knowledge required to contribute to a global Procurement organization

Span of Control: The position is Global in the nature of Category Management. Candidate is expected to manage a total expenditure of about $500M or more.

The individual may be required to implement a global sourcing strategy into local and/ or regional market(s).

In addition to overall category responsibility, you may have to lead specific projects that span multiple categories. Familiarity required with the concepts of managed service provider models, supplier consolidation, risk management, RFPs, outsourcing, managing TSA’s, etc. to reduce TCO.

You will work closely with the functional business units to create value added category strategies and hold strong sourcing events. The candidate will need to have interpersonal, negotiation, communications and problem solving skills.

They should display a passion for strategy development, supply management and operational procurement. You will be reporting directly to the Biolife Procurement Lead.

How you will contribute:


40% of Time

Category Management & Delivery

Align with business on functional strategies (Operations/Engineering/Quality/Supply Management….) Ability to combine internal and external information and requirements to develop and define forward looking (three to five years) and innovative category/material strategies. Ability to think in strategic dimensions Personally develops, leads, and manages larger sub-categories. Ensure preferred supplier lists are in place, updated and maintained for assigned categories/commodities/services Initiate, lead and standardize market research activities within the categories

Industry analysis to identify size of industry, leading players, and specific industry characteristics.

Analyze global Category or service market trends for assigned material/service purchases and utilize information for strategy development

Remain cognizant of supplier financial/delivery performance

Know Takeda technology roadmap and establish relationships with key suppliers to leverage new technologies and processes Develops an end-to-end category strategy, mapping out the current landscape and defining an improvement plan for the near, mid and long-term to stimulate interest from and engagement with stakeholders. Activities such as: market research, demand management, specification development, spend analytics, category strategy development, business case development, negotiation, E-Procurement & E-auctions, supplier relationship management, stakeholder engagement. Utilize established tools/systems & adherence to policies. Monitor category spend and continuously evaluate options to reduce TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), track progress against established savings targets. Gain Management approval and establish cross functional Global Category Management Teams (GCMT) Feed success stories into overall procurement communications. Analyze and solve complex problems through innovative thought, planning and execution Manage across all procurement categories in BioLife the monitoring and tracking of current contracts and ongoing negotiations.


Client/Internal Relations

Issue Management/ Schedule Adherence. Meet regularly with stakeholders to ensure alignment & solicit feedback High level of client focus and an ability to adapt to a rapidly changing and growing environment. Develop close relationships with both suppliers and appropriate client groups. Optimize supplier relationships while maximizing value and ensuring uninterrupted services. Demonstrating value delivery to a target audience of VP/Sr. Dir / Dir level stakeholders to reinforce client-side buy-in. Understand Business area needs, KPI’s, strategies and priorities and service accordingly. Ability to explain procurement policy, practices, benefits to the organization, the value of Supplier Relationship Management participation in post contract management. Specifically where the business is not engaged, or late, finds ways of improving engagement and develops a plan of action. Ability to address urgent needs of the business effectively and efficiently. Be knowledgeable in best procurement practice for the category (sub-categories) Co-develop and execute sourcing strategies with the business, expertly advising and guiding the process to the best-fit approach, tactics and tools (e.g. outcome-based specifications, RFP/RFI/RFQ builds, E-auctions, KPI/SLA development).


Processes, Metrics & Execution

Review supplier performance reports consistent with agreed requirements to insure consistency with quality, service and delivery objectives. Develop and communicate SPR (Supplier Performance Ratings) results to suppliers and lead improvement activities/programs for Service and Delivery and quality Work in collaboration with Global Internal Audit and other functions to ensure compliance to policies and audit remediation. Responsible for implementation of the negotiation and contract management process Responsible with the Client for the timely procurement of contract services required for company operations. Create, prioritize and plan a pipeline of opportunities to deliver the saving objectives


Supplier Relations

Enable Takeda to get the best out of its suppliers by working in partnership with them for mutual good business. Work with suppliers to nurture innovation and collaborative to bring new ideas and ways of operating to Takeda to benefit the business Conduct/coordinate Business Reviews and technical Meetings with suppliers Knowledge of supplier technology, strengths and weaknesses as well as future directions Help the Business conduct post contract management (PCM) and facilitate supplier relationship management (SRM) with Global/Key suppliers. Ensure Procurement, the Business and Suppliers conduct business ethically, and within the Company’s Anti Bribery and Corruption and FCPA guidelines. Alert the leadership to any improper practice. Partner with Supplier Quality to improve supplier performance and enhance supplier relationship (quality, technical capabilities, processes, etc.) Encourage Supplier Diversity and rigorous sustainability practices and commitments to Science Based Targets for carbon emissions and waste management


Risk Management

Work with the business SME’s and/or Product Leads to identify, prioritize and communicate material risks. Lead or enable development of risk mitigation activities and participate in risk mitigation projects Assess all new items/suppliers for risk, inventory management and business continuity Align potential alternate sourcing or risk acceptance with senior management Knowledgeable of supplier ramp up capability and limitations Support the SNC (Supplier Notification of Change) process and lead supplier communication Work with Supply Management to ensure continuity of supply during Material Qualification Ensure TPRM process is conducted according to Takeda policy; Oversee Risk Management processes and guidelines for Category Management and provide consolidated reports when necessary Initiate and coordinate Alternate Sourcing pipeline based on risk potential/prioritization; Ensure Risk Assessment results are reflected in Category Strategy

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • BA or BS required; MBA preferred
  • 15 + years of procurement/Category and Supplier Relationship Management experience in a regulated environment preferably in pharmaceutical Industry
  • Demonstrated ability of end-to-end category management & change fro a tactical fulfillment service provider to business partner status.
  • Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate ideas and influence others.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver value-added results to the organization by applying financial analysis principles and procurement discipline
  • Demonstrated ability of working with and managing cross functional teams in a global, complex, changing environment to deliver value-added results to the organization.
  • Experience in working with different cultures/different hierarchy levels
  • Financial and market analysis
  • Spend analysis
  • Strategy development
  • Advanced negotiation capabilities, including negotiation preparation.
  • Communication and influence without authority

What Takeda can offer you:
  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions
  • Family Planning Support
  • Flexible Ways of Working
  • Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

This position is currently classified as "hybrid" in accordance with Takeda's Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.


EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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