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Assoc. Dir. Category Procurement, Lab Operations (Flexible Location)

Req ID #:  39743

Edinburgh, EDH, GB

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking an Associate Director Category Procurement, Lab Ops to join our Procurement team. 


The Associate Director Category Procurement, Lap Ops will implement global category strategy, negotiate agreements and contracts and manage special procurement project initiatives. Analyze and understand global multimillion dollar spend categories, act as a strategic partner to functional areas within the company to lead the development and achievement of all category goals, including overall best value (quality, service and cost), negotiating and contracting, SRM (supplier relationship management), establishing partnerships with key suppliers and harmonizing supplier base. 

  • Implement global category strategies with business leads for assigned for high risk, business critical and high value categories.
  • Drive innovation and simplification across the supply chain using various tools and techniques.   
  • Implement SRM with strategic suppliers utilizing analytics to measure and improve supplier performance.
  • Identify, manage, and mitigate risks in the supply chain, follow market conditions and collect vendor intelligence; anticipate market trends and develop strategies.
  • Utilize collaborative procurement for partnering and competitive processes to assure continuous improvements in quality, supply chain and service performance.
  • Develop, negotiate and manage global contractual relationships including all appropriate supply agreements, statements of work and quality specifications, and quality service agreements.
  • Track, analyze and report cost savings. Utilize and manage reporting procedures that meet the internal needs of Finance, Legal, Procurement and Audit.
  • Ensure the enforcement of related process and policy, working with internal groups as appropriate.
  • Develop senior level relationships to better understand and align with business strategy and direction to prioritize initiatives. 
  • Utilize and manage procurement processes (category strategy, RFP, SRM, compliance, etc.).
  • Lead cross-functional teams identifying executable actions and drive implementation plans and schedules.
  • Effectively communicate within and across departments and businesses.


The following are minimum qualifications for the Associate Director Category Procurement, Lab Ops position.

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a related discipline.  MBA preferred.  Scientific background a plus.
  • 8-12 years related experience, including significant management/leadership experience, preferably in a life sciences company and/or multinational corporation.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  CPSM preferred
  • Specific Categories Managed (Relevant experience preferred):
    •  Lab Supplies, Consumables & Services
    •  Lab Chemicals & Reagents
    • Lab Equipment and Equipment Maintenance
    • Lab Services
    • Catalog Management & Optimization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal, analytical, presentation, influencing and negotiation skills required.  Must possess in-depth knowledge of complex pricing arrangements and supplier profitability.

About Corporate Functions

The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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