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Category Buyer Process Equipment

Our client, a global market leader in the production and process support of active pharmaceutical ingredients, both in the chemical and biotechnology sectors, is looking for a Category Buyer Process Equipment for a 12-month contract position (with possibility for extension) based in the Valais area, Switzerland.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Supporting Procurement Category Manager to:
  • Develop and execute a category strategy for Process Equipment that matches supply market capabilities with the client’s business needs.
  • Lead supplier relationship management (SRM) and supplier development activities to ensure reliable supply and maximize the full value of supplier relationships.
  • Drive supplier performance, compliance and accountability through supplier scorecards and performance metrics.
  • Develop supply risk management strategies and drive development and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation plans.
  • Manage relationships with suppliers acting as the primary point of contact for assigned suppliers.
  • Work closely with Project Procurement colleagues to ensure category strategies are translated into project execution plans.
  • Plan, lead and execute negotiations of commercial terms and contracting for framework, master and other major supply agreements.
  • Ensure project sourcing objectives, actions and priorities are aligned both within Global Capex Procurement, Global Engineering and project stakeholders.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to develop cost reduction strategies and implementation plans that meet projects / business needs.
  • Report savings monthly as well as maintain the project savings pipeline.
  • Project procurement tasks, including: Procurement of machinery for the assigned investment projects; Development of project purchasing strategy, execution and coordination of procurement activities for assigned investment projects; Drive awareness of supply issues within the project, clarifying business impact and lead resolution plans.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Relevant working/residency permit or Swiss/EU-Citizenship required
  • Bachelor degree in Procurement, Engineering, Business or Law
  • Extensive work experience in Capex Procurement and large Capex projects (CHF 50M+)
  • Strong contract management experience; ability to craft commercial contracts and agreements
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following sub-categories (Fill & Finish technology, Bioreactors, Chromatography or Laboratory Equipment) market in pharmaceutical industry
  • Good technical understanding of pharmaceutical production processes, or bio-pharmaceutical process equipment is a plus; working experience with or for an EPCM contractor is a plus.
  • Licenses or Certifications: CIPS or similar Procurement and supply chain certification is a plus.
  • Business acumen, strategic Procurement expertise, Project and Procurement management skills.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, as well as excellent business mindset, analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Team player with ability to work efficiently in a matrix organization & interdisciplinary teams, as well as ability to deal with ambiguity.
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