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Sanofi Group Global Medical Buyer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The procurement function aims at enabling the Sanofi strategy by leveraging the supplier markets and delivering added value throughout operations performed within the Central, Global, and Regional pillars of its organization.

Our purpose in procurement is to be a strategic function that brings sustainable value, working in partnership with our international business partners and external suppliers.

To boost procurement efficiency and performance, the Procurement organization fosters the right level of globalization through a category management-oriented operating model leveraging the management of resources through competencies, localization, internal mobility, and talent development.

JOB PURPOSE:

The position works closely with the Sanofi business partners to assess and manage all outsourcing needs in support of scientific & Medical aspects from Phase I through Phase IV clinical studies.

Sourcing is the process to identify, evaluate and engage external suppliers in order to answer a need expressed by a business owner (The requestor). It includes the usage of preferred suppliers and any recommended buying channels (marketplace, catalogs, master agreement, sole-source supplier, price list).

This position executes sourcing, negotiation, and supports contract execution.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Implements and ensures alignment with the global strategy defined by the Global Lead Buyers at the project level

  • Work closely with the DPL to align the strategy with the specificities of the therapeutic area strategy that were relevant in the clinical studies setting

  • Apply the best strategies for the specific project(s) and/or critical procurement activities in compliance with approved vendors, leveraging global providers where possible

  • Lead and conduct Request For Proposal process with business partner support

  • Administers procurement activities, including selecting sources of supply, approving purchase orders, managing relationships with suppliers/negotiating terms of contracts while ensuring compliance standards.

  • Negotiates and challenges suppliers to be as cost-effective as possible, ensuring minimal risk to the company while reducing the overall cost to the company and alleviating business risk.

  • Ensures the procurement of company materials and supplies, services, and investments at the best market conditions for his/her perimeter

  • Responsible for evaluating alternative solutions suggested by suppliers aimed at the improvement of procurement or to capture innovation in the marketplace

  • Manage, ad hoc, specific project(s) and/or critical activities related to the procurement function.

  • Ensure appropriate reporting/documentation inspection readiness, compliance, and procurement performance

CONTEXT OF THE JOB/MAJOR CHALLENGES:

  • The Scientific & Medical Spend Category is a very complex one, with over 15 (categories of spend). It is global in nature let has regional and local specificities that should be optimized and organized in a transparent manner. Primary customers are R&D across all of Sanofi so Business Partners are diverse and spread worldwide in complex matrix organizations.

  • The nature of this spend category is volatile, with the need to manage the definition of needs, changes mid-services, regulatory constraints, and a high level of compliance.

  • A fundamental understanding of the development process, specifically clinical, including therapeutic knowledge, is needed to succeed optimally in this position.

LEAD COMPETENCIES & BEHAVIORS:

Think Strategically

  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of trends and facts that impact our business.

  • Translates agreed strategies into clear, tangible, and actionable plans and initiatives.

Act for Change

  • Creatively challenges the status quo to find new ways of working.

  • Look for the opportunities that arise during times of change.

Strive for Results

  • Sets ambitious, tangible, and measurable targets.

  • Takes personal responsibility for achieving results.

Cooperate Transversally

  • Shares relevant information openly and seeks appropriate input from others outside of the direct team.

  • Develops and maintains effective cross-functional working relationships and partnerships.

Make Decisions

  • Makes decisions when needed; even if the outcomes are difficult or sensitive.

  • Takes responsibility for decisions and accepts accountability for results.

Commit to Customers

  • Actively works to gain a genuine understanding of the customers’ perspective.

  • Strives to build mutually beneficial solutions and partnerships.

REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree or international university degree or e required

  • Strong verbal and written ability with the English language

  • Scientific or Research experience in Pharma, Clinical Development or CRO experience, or Procurement experience or other relevant healthcare work experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS DESIRED:

  • Masters or MBA degree preferred but not mandatory

  • Strong Clinical and/or pharmaceutical Research & Development understanding

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry (e.g., clinical operations, finance, or R&D function) or a procurement organization or an outsourcing group (managing outsourced activities)

  • Negotiation skills and experience

  • Ability to influence, drive change, be diplomatic, and demonstrate competencies in problem-solving

  • Proven ability to deliver results with cross-functional teams

  • Global mindset and intercultural awareness

Ability to:

  • Support requestors to format their requirements, ensure adequate work scope and clarity for suppliers’ comprehension to ease the outsourcing process

  • Forecast the cost to support the establishment of the budgets

  • Provide suppliers market analysis

  • Assess the market in order to identify other potential suppliers, if needed

  • To learn, comprehend and utilize procurement principles including finance and legal terms

  • Selects and recommend a subset of potential suppliers to satisfy the requirements

  • Competitiveness, delivery, regulatory compliance to ensure a proper competitive leverage

  • Define and manage a negotiation plan

As a healthcare company and a vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi has an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. All US based roles require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of your job responsibilities.

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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