Pharmaceutical Category Lead
The Recruitment Agency South Africa
PortElizabeth, South Africa
1d ago
source : Job Placements


Position : Category Lead - with Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Procurement & Category environment experience.

Salary : Market Related

Location : Port Elizabeth

Applicatnts are invited to apply for this excellent opportunity that exists for the above mentioned position. The successful incumbent will report to Head of Commercial.


Lead supplier development, supplier negotiations, RFQs, category strategy for major suppliers and identification of continuous improvement opportunities.

Supplier management

  • Communicate and negotiate with suppliers
  • Monitor quality standards and identifies performance failures
  • Conduct supplier audits and reports on supplier performance
  • Manage supplier communications and documents and process flow, including RFIs, RFP, RFQ, and RFBs
  • Resolve supplier issues; maintain working relationships with key suppliers
  • Set up new vendors and coordinate with legal to support new contracts; maintain / update existing contracts
  • Identify new suppliers and products in the marketplace
  • Vet potential suppliers capabilities (delivery, quality, services)
  • Review insourcing and outsourcing opportunities
  • Negotiate with suppliers to carry stock for fast moving items
  • Assist in the drafting of specifications as required, and provide advice and guidance to customers on procurement processes
  • Review and approve price variances (Order vs Invoice Prices)
  • BBBEE and procurement administration
  • Risk management

  • Maintain and report on adherence to internal and external compliance requirements
  • Actively reduce third-party risk exposure
  • Carry out risk management processes within category
  • Quality and qualifying products

  • Assist quality teams to obtain products needed to conduct finished product testing
  • Schedule product trials and coordinate samples
  • Reporting and record keeping

  • Maintain repository of procurement-related knowledge
  • Maintain complete, compliant documentation of purchasing activities
  • Maintain standards and updates SOPs for documentation and filing requirements
  • Budgeting

  • Manage and optimize use of Category budget
  • Provide input into required changes in resources to enable achievement of objectives
  • Monitor and track and reports on expenditure against budget
  • Planning and coordination

  • Optimize processes, identify gaps in policies, procedures and legislation, and propose changes or improvements to management
  • Provide technical advice to internal stakeholders
  • Skills Required

    Background / experience

  • 6 years'' experience in a manufacturing procurement environment, and preferably with significant experience in a Category environment.
  • National Diploma in (Procurement, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Finance), or a related discipline
  • Specific job skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Competencies

  • Customer Awareness
  • Meeting Deadlines
  • Making Decisions
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Interrogating Information
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