Category Manager, Biologics
Job Description SummaryAt STEMCELL Technologies, Canada's Largest Biotech company, we are transforming our procurement department and building out a proactive and strategic category management function. We are looking for experienced Category Managers with a strategic mindset, strong supplier management skills, and exceptional negotiation abilities to help us get there.
The Category Manager, Biologics will be responsible for overseeing Procurement activities pertaining to a portfolio of biological raw materials used for the manufacture of STEMCELL products, including: sera, purified and recombinant proteins, lipids, and enzymes. In this role you will use in-depth knowledge of markets, suppliers, products, and their cost drivers to develop, implement and manage the category strategy, with a focus on maximizing value and mitigating risks. You will work closely with suppliers and STEMCELL’s internal teams (Finance, Research & Development, Process Development, Process Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Production and Planning teams) to ensure supply continuity for STEMCELL products. This is a developing role within the Procurement team with an opportunity to contribute to shaping STEMCELL’s Procurement organization of the future.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop market knowledge through identifying market leaders, understanding value chains, supply and demand drivers, monitoring supply trends and shifts in technology to identify areas of opportunity and risk
Represent Procurement in cross-functional meetings and projects as a trusted advisor and subject matter expert for Procurement activities
Facilitate cross functional strategic sourcing and supplier selection; work closely with external departments to align and ensure the selection meets the needs of the business
Practice supplier relationship management principles for key suppliers; conduct internal and supplier-facing business reviews to monitor supplier’s spend and performance to drive improvement opportunities/initiatives such as cost reductions, operational efficiencies and quality improvements
Engage in contract negotiations, supply agreement development, contract execution and management
Knowledge and Qualifications
Bachelor's or advanced degree in Science with 5+ years of relevant experience in procurement or supply chain discipline with market segment knowledge for biological materials
Strong business analytical skills and comfort with identifying data needs and sources
Experience in supply negotiations and post award contract management
Excellent facilitation and organizational skills with the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and deliver complex objectives under stringent timelines
Team player and strong collaborator with a growth mindset, and able to stay calm and focused in high-pressure situations
STEMCELL Technologies is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training. We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree. STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.
This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative, and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and meaningful career development opportunities.
STEMCELL is well recognized for exceptional leadership and business practices. We are one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and operate an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system to measure and reduce our environmental impact.
As an equal opportunity employer, STEMCELL is dedicated to ensuring that every employee feels safe, valued, and respected for who they are. We know that scientific progress and innovation occur when diverse, creative minds come together and we are committed to nurturing a culture of inclusivity and belonging. STEMCELL enforces a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination. Selection decisions are solely based on job-related factors.
NOTE: STEMCELL’s vaccination policy requires that all candidates for this role be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including boosters), as currently recommended or required by local health authorities and public health orders, unless an exemption from this policy is approved through our accommodation request process.
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