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Senior Manager, Sourcing and Category Direct Materials (Primary & Secondary Packaging)

Company: Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Location: Santa Monica
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Senior Manager, Sourcing and Category Direct Materials (Primary & Secondary Packaging) Kite is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors: Kite, a Gilead Company, is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit . Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at .

Do you want to make a real difference in the world? Come help us in our quest to cure cancer! Everyone at Kite is grounded by this common goal. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in our mission!

Senior Manager, Sourcing and Category Direct Materials (Single Use Consumables/Disposables; Filters, Tubing, Connectors, and other primary/secondary packaging)

(Senior Manager, Supply Chain)

This Senior Manager will manage the categories of Single Use Consumables/Disposables (processing and final bags, tubing, connectors, bioreactors, filters) and other Primary and Secondary Packaging. He/she have knowledge of open and closed upstream and downstream cell culture manufacturing processes. He/she should have extensive experience in cell culture bags, filters, aseptic vials and other single use disposables and their suppliers in the marketplace. The role focuses on the development of the category and sourcing strategies. He/she have demonstrated putting risk mitigation plans in place. She/he must have built strong supplier relationships in these categories. The Senior Manager will have contracting experience in the cell and gene area where suppliers are challenged to innovative or demonstrate continuous improvements. In addition, he/she will be a key part in the maturation of category and sourcing strategies and execute supplier management at Kite which includes developing/improving and implementing.

Specific Responsibilities

Responsible for development and execution of multi-year category strategies

Responsible for assessing supplier risks and materials and recommending risk mitigation plans

Lead cross-functional teams to drive results on category, sourcing, supplier risk activities

Responsible for continuous improvements to performance metrics, programs/processes, and innovations to achieve higher levels of business value.

Identify, build, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, and alliances with select suppliers through Supplier Relationship Development programs

Develop a list of strategic or bottle neck suppliers within a category of spend and manage compliance, relationships, and performance

Recommend or implement changes to the organization’s purchasing, supply management and material usage policies as needed

Responsible for developing and executing Sourcing Strategies, leading Sourcing Events-e.g. RFP, and the negotiation and contracting of supply agreements with strategic terms and conditions.

Develop cost saving targets

Conduct market and competitive conditions by category

Developing Category Strategies

Define a supplier relationship management program, including segmentation criteria and a preferred supplier list for a given category

Develop a 3-5 year strategic plan to realize category strategy targets

Deliver customer solutions via global / regional category strategy

Bring Industry/business function-specific knowledge and experience

Customize sourcing strategy to drive value in specific functional environment, including legal & regulatory context

Initiate/build industry peer relationships

Drive co-ownership of initiatives and accountability based on agreed upon strategies

Team Management & Change Management

Independent self-starter and able to motivate others to accomplish ambiguous tasks

Ability to lead teams in a matrix organization, across geographic and functional reporting lines

Demonstrated track record of identifying root causes to issues and proactively problem solving

Change management experience with large and complex organizational transformations

Demonstrated success in partnering cross-functionally

Ability to own and strengthen relationships with key customers and to champion change

Compelling and persuasive communicator (oral and written) with excellent interpersonal skills

Analytical & Technical

Knowledge of Primary and Secondary Packaging –eg. Bags, Vials, filters, and production supplies

Knowledge of sourcing, contract negotiations, and supplier management

Strong understanding and use of eProcurement solutions

Ability to analyze, summarize, and present insights based on the needs of the audience

Ability to develop business cases and champion opportunities with quantifiable financial benefits

Foster collaborative relationships with highly strategic global / regional suppliers

Identify, build, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, and alliances with strategic and bottle neck suppliers through Supplier Relationship programs

Develop a list of strategic and bottle neck suppliers within a category of spend and manage compliance

Recommend or implement changes to the organization’s purchasing, supply management and material usage policies as needed

Measure supplier performance using rating systems or predetermined standards

Knowledge, Experience and Skill

Ability to establish credibility and influence with diverse audiences and be perceived as a lead

Able to develop solutions to complex problems which require an in depth degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness.

Demonstrates excellent communication and presentation skills and the ability to work across functions, sites and geographies.


6+ years for Senior Manager of directly related years

Experience in biotech or pharmaceuticals industry and multi-national organizations a plus.

Exceptional understanding and application of Procurement principles, concepts, practices, and standards (i.e. effective negotiation, supplier relationship management, business partnering, supplier diversity etc.) along with an in-depth knowledge of industry practices.

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or other Sciences or Engineering

Diverse Global Sourcing/Procurement experience within in Pharma industry

Broad knowledge of the market forces shaping a customer’s business context (e.g. supplier base, legal and regulatory environment, sources of competitive advantage)

Demonstrated experience in identifying and utilizing full set of sourcing levers to drive value for customers

Ability to conduct benchmarking to address cost, quality, risk and innovation considerations

Ability to provide thought leadership and actively shape strategy

Internal stakeholder management, data/information management, category management, process redesign and continuous improvement expertise, project management and performance measurement skills

Procurement process knowledge, contract management, financial analysis, market analysis, supplier analysis, supplier diversity, supplier management, technology utilization, strategic planning and integrated supply chain experience

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor and Master in Biology, Chemistry, Package Engineering or Sciences or Engineering

Professional certifications (e.g. CPM, CPIM).

3 years minimum Pharmaceutical Procurement experience

Membership in Professional Associations, e.g. ISM



Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit . Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at .

For jobs in the United States: As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact  for assistance.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the ‘EEO is the Law’  poster.

Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors: Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercialises innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead’s therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

If this is not the right move for you now but remain interested in a career at Gilead Sciences please connect with us via our talent community

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