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Strategic Sourcing Manager


Cambridge, MA
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Summarize the primary purpose & key accountabilities of the role, including geographical scope (i.e. Global vs. Country/Region). Summary should be concise and include strategic information that would attract candidates to the role. It may be helpful to complete this section after you have finished the other sections of the document.

Global Procurement delivers world-class procurement capabilities to Pfizer, partnering with internal Pfizer customers to ensure they receive maximum value for every dollar spent with Pfizer suppliers. We accomplish this by executing effective strategic processes, including category management, supplier management and sourcing projects, all supported by efficient procure to pay processes. We add value by aligning Pfizer with the best suppliers, promoting continuous improvement in supplier performance and driving compliance with Pfizer's intellectual property and privacy requirements. We strive to obtain the right price for the right product or service.

+ WRD-Procurement Manager for Cambridge site in Massachusetts providing strong leadership in Scientific Services Categories for early discovery research units and early clinical development organizations.

+ A strong Scientific Sourcing leader capable of bringing transformational business and supplier strategies that drive increased value in a financially constrained environment

+ Act as key strategic sourcing business partner for Cambridge site Worldwide Research & Development(WRD) by introducing external innovation and serving as a problem solver for Procurement related questions and concerns

+ As a Category Strategy Manger (CSM) and Cross Category Team(CCT) member, lead and manage Discovery Research category, Precision Medicine category and Bioinformatics category strategy and sourcing activities for Cambridge RUs and Partner Lines.

+ Develop and maintain strong relationships with WRD stakeholders, Business Development, Global Finance, External Research Development & Innovation (ERDI) and Cambridge Business Operation teams to insure that Research sourcing requirements are met and supplier performance is maintained at the appropriate service levels

+ Develop and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers and support wider WRD GP sourcing initiatives.


In order of importance, indicate the primary responsibilities critical to the performance of the role. It is recommended not to list actual tasks but focus on 5-8 essential responsibilities that highlight accountability and level of judgment required.


+ Responsible for leading strategic sourcing management of Scientific Services spend for all the WRD Research & Partner lines based in Kendall in MA.

+ Provide comprehensive category leadership to Discovery Research Category, Bioinformatics Category and Precision Medicine Category.

+ Develop and enhance Procurement relationships with customers and Senior Line Leaders to proactively identify opportunities for productivity and financial efficiency improvement, and to initiate value-added sourcing projects.

+ Conduct/update external market research, industry benchmark and internal opportunity analysis at regular basis to support R&D stakeholders strategizing the external sourcing activities.

+ Act as strategic business partner for the ERDI, BD, Finance, BT and Global Operation to provide procurement support in any capacity and facilitate the linkage and connectivity between clients and wider GP organization as needed.

+ Provide non-category specific assistance to the Procurement Team or Management in supporting the goals of the Department.

+ Effectively deploy global policy, procedures and systems while minimizing the operational impact to WRD.


+ Lead and/or participate in scientific services strategic sourcing initiatives including supplier negotiations, contract development and execution. Maintain/update strategies for assigned spend category as required.

+ Develop market expertise in assigned spend categories and remain current on supply market trends, best sourcing practices, scientific and technological trends and business conditions that affect the supply market and/or supplier economics.

+ In coordination with the overall category strategy, apply the Procurement sourcing process to the fullest extent, select suppliers, develop implementation plans, determine key implementation performance criteria and review work performed by project team members.

+ Ensure savings are captured via implementation of strategies in assigned spend areas.

+ Work synergistically with other sites, divisions and procurement colleagues in areas of spend overlap.


+ Plan, prioritize and perform supplier negotiations on all one-off purchases and annual spend over $100K that are not covered by an existing agreement. Contracts over $500K reviewed with Procurement management. Manage category spend and executes contracts in compliance with Procurement Policy and Procedures. Ensure customer requirements, cost and risk are balanced.

+ Responsible to provide monthly report of activities and sourcing initiatives. Ensure savings and value add are captured and reported.

+ In concert with customer, develops new supply solutions and improve internal processes.


+ In collaboration with the WRD Lines, develop and implement plans for evaluating performance of high priority new and existing suppliers in assigned category.

+ Lead and/or participate on global teams(s) that evaluate supplier performance in assigned category.

+ Facilitate the resolution of quality and/or service issues with the involvement of appropriate colleagues.

+ Ensure contract terms are supported by both the supplier and Pfizer.

+ Work with Line sourcing colleagues to ensure suitable relationship management occurs for key suppliers / strategic alliances.

+ Develop and enhance Procurement relationships with suppliers to optimize cost and service.

+ Prepare and deliver an annual category review to GP leadership


+ Establish internal and external business relationships with senior leadership and integrate purchasing into the core business process of Pfizer WRD.

+ Uses high levels of tact, influence and persuasion to achieve communication objectives.

+ Provide standardized and custom reports to meet customer needs

+ Meet with appropriate Finance representatives on a periodic basis to review forecasted budget by cost center; including discussions on budget implications of Sourcing initiatives.

+ Act as "point of contact" for designated clients and hand off to others as appropriate.


Indicate qualifications that are job related, consistent with business necessity and necessary for the performance of an essential function of this role including: education/licenses/certifications, relevant experience (where legally permissible), technical and/or other job-related skills.

+ Bachelor's Degree of Science required. Master's Degree Desirable.

+ MBA and/or CPSM certification desirable, but not required

+ 6 - 8 years relevant experience in Business Operation, Finance or Procurement Category Management.

+ Candidate must have demonstrated the proficiency in managing complex, cross-functional activities

+ Demonstrated knowledge of procurement processes and procedures;

+ Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal interactions skills;

+ Project Management

+ Analytical and negotiation skills and techniques;

+ Management skills in assessing business issues and developing business cases;

**PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS** (not all roles will have physical or mental requirements)

Indicate any physical or mental requirements necessary for the performance of an essential function of this particular role. Requirements should be unique to the work being performed in this role and consistent with business necessity. Examples: Lifting, sitting, standing, walking, bending, ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis.

+ Candidate must have demonstrated understanding of R&D business environment culture;

+ Ability to function in confrontational situations which can be stressful during internal and external negotiations

+ Ability to form and maintain positive stakeholder relationships

+ Ability to manage ambiguity and navigate complex matrix origination


(not all roles will have non-standard work schedule travel, or environment requirements)

Include any work schedule, travel or environment requirements necessary for the performance of the role. Types of requirements might include ability to work particular hours (shift, overtime), travel or adhere to safe work practices and procedures such as aseptic gowning. Any criteria indicated must be job-related, consistent with business necessity, and specific to this role.


Provide the primary groups or key role(s) that this role will have interaction with as a regular part of the role responsibilities. Include any external interactions as appropriate.

+ Reports to WRD GP Procurement Director

+ Works closely with other CSM (s), team leads, Cross Category Teams, and WRD-GP leadership

+ Works independently with some general guidance from management.

+ Forms strong relationship with Finance, Business Development, Business Technology and other enabling function leads as required

+ Key clients: Cambridge Research Units, ECD, GST, CTI


**Financial Accountability**

Indicate the Average Budget or Revenue accountability, as applicable.


Indicate the typical number of Colleagues managed; include direct & indirect reports and matrix responsibility. Note if direct reports are people managers or individual contributors. Indicate additional resources (i.e. contingent workers) managed, as applicable.

This description indicates the general nature and level of work expected. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

**EEO & Employment Eligibility**

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

**Sunshine Act**

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

**Other Job Details:**

+ **Last Date to Apply for Job: 1/31/2018** Additional Location Information: MA-CambridgeKendallSqEligible for Employee Referral Bonus: Yes

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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