Sourcing Manager
Coppell , Texas
November 19, 2017
Sourcing Manager - Coppell, Texas
At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We're focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life.
As the Sourcing Manager in Coppell, TX you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives.
As the Sourcing Manager, you are responsible for managing the overall Site Procurement organization - including Direct Raw Materials, Indirect Products and Services, as well as Capital and Engineering responsibilities within Mt. Vernon, Indiana. This role is primarily responsible for providing value-added services in procurement and delivery of goods and services to Site customers, while ensuring alignment and collaboration between Site and HQ groups.
  • Responsible for leading high-dollar value procurement (individual project range from <$500k to over  $15MM), contract development, negotiations, vendor creation, and execution.
  • Complies with all Security guidelines, SHE regulations, and the current GMP required by the job function.
  • Provides vision and strategic direction to Mt. Vernon, Indiana Procurement and to managers/professional teams working cohesively at the manufacturing Site.
  • Ensures productivity and focus is maintained at the Site (even in cases of ambiguity).
  • Establishes and maintains communication and linkages with Category Leaders (at the sites as well as HQ); provides appropriate feedback on service and quality issues.
  • Understands the methodology, processes, and guidelines for conducting and implementing an efficient/effective sourcing project that is aligned with global policies and procedures.
  • Identifies and develops criteria to monitor procurement performance using financial fundamentals.
  • Leads or assists on resolution of key supplier issues, new products launches, risk mitigation, and site-specific productivity initiatives.
  • Understands and identifies cost drivers and opportunities to reduce costs for site transactions.
  • Responsible for generation, consolidation, and submission of budget standard costs, projections, and occasional strategic plans for the Mt. Vernon, Indiana Site.
  • Develops effective relationships with key suppliers that build mutual respect, trust, and drives performance in a manner consistent with the AZ Core Behaviors.
  • Achieves alignment with department heads to ensure purchasing is involved at an early stage to influence buying decisions and optimize negotiating leverage; assumes a proactive role on the Site Leadership Team to ensure that all of site spend is being monitored by purchasing and/or subject to the disciplined strategic procurement methodology; ensures compliance with all applicable policies.
  • Facilitates the implementation of cross-site commodity agreements with other network sites across the world, where applicable, and conducts benchmarking periodically (master agreements.)
  • Executes work in compliance with GMPs, Site policies, work instructions, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Immediately reports issues that could impact product quality and delivery of products to customers.
  • Maintains a safe work environment by following all Health and Safety policies and procedures; immediately reports potential unsafe conditions to supervision.
  • Uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as necessary.
Typical Accountabilities:
  • Conduct activities and interactions consistent with Company values and in compliance with the Code of Conduct and supporting Policies and Standards relevant to your role.  Complete all required training on the AZ Code of Conduct and supporting Policies and Standards on time.   Report potential issues of non-compliance.
In addition, for Managers and Project Team Leaders:
  • Ensure and monitor compliance by team members and third parties by (a) positively reinforcing the Code of Conduct and all relevant AstraZeneca Policies and Standards, (b) ensuring completion of all required training, (c) fostering a culture of openness in which employees are comfortable raising questions or concerns,  and (d) immediately addressing and reporting, as appropriate, instances of non-compliance.
  • Manager Accountabilities at AstraZeneca include Ethical Conduct and Compliance, Team Management, Performance Management, Individual Development Planning, Talent Management, Recruitment, People information, SHE accountabilities, and Fiscal and Financial awareness. 
  • Leaders with accountability for GXP areas are expected to understand the legal and regulatory requirements of their roles in providing appropriate resources (which could be human, financial, material, facilities, and equipment) to maintain the Quality system and continually improve its effectiveness.
Essential Requirements
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Business or Engineering; five to seven years' experience required, with at least three to five years in purchasing/materials management or in positions directly related to the procurement needs of the site customer base (i.e. sales and marketing, research, finance support groups, engineering, manufacturing, etc.).
  • Strong customer service skills, with excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills; these skills are necessary to successfully establish the new role of procurement within the organization and to meet the procurement needs of the customer.
  • Must have proactive, creative, and analytical approach to continuous improvement in delivering procurement services and identifying new opportunities.
  • Ability to work with people in diversified environments (i.e. cultures, functions, and unique reporting relationships).
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a matrix organization.
  • Strong understanding of business operational processes, procedures, workflows, and business operations.
  • Experience selling effective ideas, services, and solutions to others across different organizational levels and functions.
  • Strong negotiation skills using sound principles and a fact-based approach.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to unanticipated situations.
  • Understanding of systems and their implications to the operation and strategic impact on the business.
  • Willing to travel within and outside the US when required.
**Must be willing work full time physically at the site
Desirable Requirements
  • Master's degree preferred.
Next Steps - Apply today! To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience - it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.
AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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