Sr Manager, Procurement Global Category Management - Information Technology

Req ID #:  56598

Wilmington, MA, US

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 Sr Manager, Procurement Global Category Management - Information Technology for our Corporate team. The preffered location for this position is Wilmington, MA however flexibility will be offered to the ideal candidate. 


The following are responsibilities related to the Sr Manager, Procurement Global Category Management - Information Technology:
•    Implement global category strategies with business leads for assigned categories, several which are complex and of strategic importance, high value and critical to business success.
•    Implement SRM with strategic suppliers utilizing analytics for effective procurement strategies. Measure and improve supplier performance against business objectives while reducing costs and increasing value.
•    Stay informed on the market, changing technologies, and global market trends to ensure category strategies are delivering maximum value while maintaining quality and service.
•    Identify and manage supply chain risks. Collect vendor intelligence; anticipate market trends and develop strategies.
•    Utilize collaborative procurement for partnering and competitive processes to assure continuous improvements.
•    Liaise with procurement peers to ensure a consistent approach to category strategies and management.
•    Develop, negotiate and manage global contractual relationships including all appropriate supply agreements, statements of work and quality agreements.
•    Manage cost savings and performance measurement systems for supplier contracts. Track, analyze and report cost savings against investment proposals, capital expenditure and contract commitments. 
•    Enforce process, policy, and regulations, working with Finance, Legal, Procurement, and Audit as appropriate. Create process documents, SOPs and work instructions as required.
•    Develop relationships at all levels of the organization to better understand and align with business strategy and direction. 
•    Utilize and manage procurement processes (category strategy, RFP, SRM, compliance, etc.).
•    Skillfully negotiate agreements in a timely manner, manage tough vendor situations and sensitive relationships ensuring value and minimizing risk.
•    Lead cross-functional teams where appropriate identifying executable actions and drive implementation plans.
•    When appropriate, manage and direct Category Managers and Buyers. 
•    Support personnel management activities such as: scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers, etc.), training and development.  
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.


The following are minimum qualifications related to the Sr Manager, Procurement Global Category Management - Information Technology position:

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, supply chain management, computer information systems or a related area required. Master's degree in business, supply chain management or a related field preferred. 
  • Minimum 5 years of procurement experience with deep understanding of the supply and demand markets associated with IT/Technology categories
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above

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 14,000 employees within 80 facilities in 20 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. And in 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet




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