Job Details

  • Title: Category Leader - R&D Early phase
  • Code: RCI-0402-1
  • Location: Princeton New Jersey (NJ) 08540
  • Posted Date: 04/02/2021
  • Duration: 8 Months

  Job Description

Category Leader – R&D Early phase

R&D Strategic Outsourcing aspires at leveraging supplier market intelligence and competitive landscape to develop and execute optimal outsourcing strategies in collaboration with key stakeholders, that enable speed, quality, business transformation, and efficiencies to increase client’s probability of success. 
This position leverages agile category management best practice in close collaboration with business partners to develop and implement a sourcing strategy and to monitor a supplier relationship management program for Phase I units and support outsourcing needs for phase I studies.  


Key responsibilities

  • Establish relationships with internal stakeholders to ensure the highest service level
  • Understand business objectives and business strategies for phase I studies
  • Consolidate business needs
  • Analyze business requirements, technical and regulatory constraints, and risk
  • Analyze current supplier database (services, spend, performance, current agreements …)
  • Leverage supplier market intelligence and competitive landscape with Phase I units globally
  • Implement category and sourcing strategies to support long-term business needs
  • Define category specific KPIs and metrics to track ad monitor supplier performance
  • Develop and leverage RFX methodology
  • Negotiate and implement competitive business agreements with strategic suppliers
  • Monitor contract implementation and deviations
  • Coordinate a comprehensive supplier management program
  • Establish and coordinate a governance structure with regular business review with strategic suppliers
  • Monitor performance and follow-up on remediation plans
  • Facilitate timely issue escalation and resolution to ensure study timelines and deliverables

 Key requirements

  • Background
    • Bachelor’s degree in management or science
    • Minimum of 8 years in Outsourcing, Procurement or Vendor Management in the pharma industry
    • Minimum of 3 years supporting Data Management and Digital activities
  • Skills
    • Business partnering, relationship management/development, and teamwork
    • Strategic thinking
    • Understanding of business requirements
    • Cross-functional project management
    • Analytical skills / data savviness
    • Supplier market knowledge and competitive landscape
    • Negotiation
    • Communication with impact
    • Change management