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Senior Director, Global Category Procurement - Laboratory Operations (Potentially Virtual)

Req ID #:  39744

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 a Senior Director, Global Categories - Procurement to support our global Procurement team. 



The Senior Director, Global Categories - Procurement will develop and implement global category strategies, 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 sourcing strategies for categories (quality, service and cost), negotiating and contracting, SRM (supplier relationship management), establishing partnerships with key suppliers, and harmonizing supplier base.

  • Develop and implement global category sourcing strategies with business leads, for complex, strategic, high value and/or business critical categories.
  • Implement SRM with strategic suppliers and all key suppliers.
  • Utilize analytics to enable effective procurement strategies to measure and improve supplier performance against key business objectives while reducing costs and increasing value, innovation and simplification.
  • Stay current and informed on the market (category based), changing technologies, and global market trends
  • Utilize various best practices to assure continuous improvements in quality, supply chain and service performance, and maximize the value to CRL.
  • Liaise with procurement peers to ensure a consistent approach to category strategies and management.
  • Develop, negotiate and manage global contractual relationships
  • Implement and manage cost savings and performance measurement systems for supplier contracts.
  • Ensure the enforcement of related process and policy, working with Finance, Legal, Procurement and Audit as appropriate. Create process documents, SOPs and work instructions as required.
  • Develop senior level relationships to better understand and align with business strategy and direction to prioritize initiatives and harmonize business and category strategies. 
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for categories managed; work closely with suppliers to ensure a complete understanding of the global market.
  • Develop criteria for new supplier evaluation and qualification.
  • Utilize and manage procurement processes (category strategy, RFP, SRM, compliance, etc.).
  • Assure the success of sourcing projects with attention to detail and communication with involved parties.
  • Resolve disputes and commercial issues with suppliers in conjunction with internal customers.
  • Lead cross-functional teams identifying executable actions and drive implementation plans and schedules.


The following are minimum requirements for the Senior Director, Global Categories - Procurement position. 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a related discipline.  
  • 15 years related experience, including significant management/leadership experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Specific Categories Managed (Relevant experience preferred):
    •  Lab Supplies, Consumables & Services
    •  Lab Chemicals & Reagents
    • Lab Equipment and Equipment Maintenance
    • Lab Services
    • Catalog Management & Optimization

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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