Category Manager

Job description

Key Responsibilities 

  • To lead and manage category management projects, supported by cross – functional teams as appropriate
  • To research and maintain a current deep – level understanding of the single – use category, the current and potential supply base, the current and potential supply market and internally to understand the current and future needs and wants of BioMarin and its stakeholders
  • To research and maintain an understanding of what the end customer needs and might want from the Global Supplier Management organization with respect to the category of single – use technology
  • To research and maintain an understanding of all supplier and supply – based risk ensuring ongoing contingency and mitigation actions as appropriate while watching for any changes that might require intervention
  • To deploy a managed approach to engage and communicate with the wider business, especially focusing on relevant stakeholders to secure and maintain buy – in and support for category projects
  • To identify and implement the most effective, impactful and demonstrable strategic sourcing strategy for the category of single – use technology
  • To identify and put in place appropriate SRM interventions including supplier management activities around supplier reviews, score – carding and ensuring the contract continues to be robust
  • To keep a watchful eye on the market, environment and the changing needs of the business and identify when action is needed in response to any change
  • To report progress ongoing against specific project milestones and benefits delivery
  • To provide category and supplier – related support to operational readiness activities where required
  • Work in collaboration with Global Supplier Quality and Global Compliance to manage & co-ordinate the supplier and materials selection process with supplier agreements and contracts put in place where applicable
  • Partner with Material Operations at Novato and Shanbally to drive Supplier performance improvement and directly support Operational Purchasing where required in support of purchasing – related material readiness activities 
  • Communicate when required at any site “Run the business” meetings (incl. S&OE), any escalations or potential impacts to the business from a category or supplier – related aspect. Support escalations as appropriate through site and global forums (Procurement Governance) to ensure issues / criticalities are communicated and resolved in a timely fashion
  • Support Scenario planning when required with colleagues in the Material Operations, Scheduling function, by performing raw material and consumable feasibility analysis where called upon
  • Focus and encourage (with suppliers and internally) continuous improvements (CI) in the single – use category to add additional value
  • Align with strategies and realization of departmental and business goals



  • A Degree in Supply Chain Management or other related Business discipline (at a minimum) is required
  • Supply Chain Certification is preferred e.g. APICS
  • Project Management Certification is desirable.



  • A minimum of 5 years relevant Purchasing / Supply Chain Management / Category Management experience is required
  • An in – depth understanding of Planning, Scheduling, Purchasing and Logistics is required
  • Experience in Purchasing or Category Management in a multi-national environment
  • Experience in the Biopharmaceutical industry and / or Sterile Drug Product Filling operations is desirable
  • Experience of Oracle would be beneficial but ERP system competency is essential


Knowledge, Skills and Capabilities: 

  • Technical and process skills: An understanding of the category management process with an ability to apply the tools and approaches with a good standard or rigor. An understanding of Bio and / or Pharma manufacturing principles
  • Research skills: Ability to gather, analyze and act on supplier, market and category data
  • GMP / GXP: Understands and appreciates the criticality of compliance and regulatory requirements as these apply to and are executed in bio pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Business acumen: Ability to define, develop and communicate a set of business requirements for the allotted category based on the needs of the business
  • Sourcing strategy creation: Able to develop robust sourcing strategies based on the inputs and outputs of team – based projects and initiatives
  • Project management: Ability to plan, manage and implement sourcing strategies
  • Change management: Understands the principles of change management and can plan and implement around these
  • Negotiation: Ability to negotiate internally as well as with suppliers
  • Contracting: Understands contracting and the approach to implementing same
  • SRM & supplier skills: Understands the toolset and approach to SRM and selects the most appropriate response to given interactions
  • Leadership & Interpersonal skills: Able to lead and inspire cross functional teams on category / purchasing – related projects for the good of the business
  • Collaboration & Coaching: Can collaborate easily and can coach in the implementation of tools related to category management
  • Communication: Presents complex messages to varied stakeholders and secures buy – in
  • Action – planning and prioritization: Ability to ensure timely delivery
  • Listening skills: Demonstrates active listening to enable good stakeholder engagement
  • Analytical skills: Takes complex data and shares relevant and simplified outputs to the relevant audiences
  • Conflict management: Manages through conflict to ensure best all-round outcomes
  • Engagement with the business: Ability to build good rapport and cultivate good working relationships
  • Proactivity: Is a results – driven, self – starter, positive and demonstrates a ‘can – do’ attitude
  • Patient & customer – focused: Ensures that requirements are clearly planned for and communicated within the organization
  • Integrity & ethics: Ability to engage with suppliers and stakeholders in an ethical and compliant manner


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