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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Background
    Management & Business Others
    Supply Chain and Procurement
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  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
      Groningen (provincie)
    • Date Posted
      October 03,2020
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    Strategic Sourcing Specialist

    Job Title: Strategic sourcing specialist

    Fulltime function

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    When you’re part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do challenging work, and be part of a team that values performance, quality and innovation. As part of a successful, growing global organization you will be encouraged to perform at your best. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

    Location/Division Specific Information

    The Groningen site is a multi-product and multi-client biopharmaceutical site with development and manufacturing facilities for pharmaceutical products for clinical trials (phase 1, 2 and 3) and commercial production.

    How will you make an impact?

    Coordinates and manages the strategic procurement at both site and Business Unit (BU) level, vendor compliance and daily purchasing activities. Acts as primary point of contact with external vendors, focusing on cost savings opportunities, contract implementation and compliance, negotiation and maintenance, sourcing, costing, and vendor relationship management. Trouble shoots delivery and quality issues.

    What will you do?

    • Develops and manages commodity strategies in support of Patheon’s overall goals for performance including Right First Time (RFT), On Time In Full (OTIF), savings targets, Quality Assurance, and supports vendor value management programs.
    • Builds and maintains positive vendor relationships through open & timely communication, on-site supplier visits/audits, regular performance feedback, and conflict resolution in a timely and professional manner.
    • Collaborates with BU Leads and Center of Excellence (CoEs) on global and strategic sourcing for both site level and BU-level.
    • Drives site-specific and BU-level sourcing activities, projects and implementations.
    • Identifies cost savings opportunities within assigned category(ies) by running sourcing events (RFx Request for Information/Proposal/Quote/Bid, tender, auction, etc) with support of Site Procurement Lead, and in accordance with BU Lead to drive cost savings at the site level.
    • Manages Stewardship of Item Master data and item classification for the site (also System Super User for Procurement).
    • Manages Stewardship of changes / additions to vendor master data.
    • Manages all procurement Master Data Management, cleanses and reconciles data.
    • Supports regulatory compliance activities: internal tracking systems, audit requirements, internal change controls, etc.
    • Manages pricing, quality supplier issues and supports documentation and Request for Council Action (RCA).
    • Supports/leads Corrective Action Preventative Action (CAPA) effort and documentation.
    • Reconciles invoices changed by vendor after order was set by Buyer/Planner.
    • Participates and/or supports product launch teams, Pharmaceutical Development Services (PDS), technical transfer projects.
    • Supports operational excellence and integration projects (as required).

    How will you get here?


    • Education: (Dutch) HBO, College/Technical School diploma in Business Administration or related discipline.
    • Certified Production and Inventory Control Management (CPIM) preferable, (Dutch procurement training) NEVI 1 / 2. Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation would be an asset.


    • 3-5 years of previous purchasing experience within a manufacturing or pharmaceutical environment.
    • Experience with ERP systems is required, and experience with SAP is considered an asset

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

    • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
    • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
    • Well organized and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Strong Project Management Skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal, analytical/problem solving and communication skills. Knowledgeable of commodity markets, price fluctuations and effect on material purchases.
    • Effective negotiation skills.
    • Proficiency with the English language.
    • Demonstrated commitment to our fundamental principles of Integrity, Respect and Excellence.
    • Ability to travel between Bio sites to provide on-site support as required.
    • Equivalent combinations of education, training, and relevant work experience may be considered.

    At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 65,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

    Apply today!

    Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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