Sr. Director, Procurement - Clinical Research Group - Join a $40B Industry Leader!

    • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Morrisville, NC
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 6 hours ago


On Site
Full Time


Clinical research
IT risk
Ambulatory care
Interactive voice response
Good manufacturing practice
Life sciences
Pharmaceutical industry
Due diligence
Regulatory Compliance
Project management
Business development
Account management
Customer facing
Aspect-oriented programming
Research and Development
Mergers and acquisitions
Build vs buy
Corporate social responsibility
Supply chain management
Materials management
Performance management
Clinical trials
Goal oriented
Continuous improvement
Manufacturing operations
Analytical skill
Health care

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Job Description

The Sr. Director, Procurement - Clinical Research Group (CRG) is the global leader responsible for developing and driving the Procurement vision with key colleagues in the division. This individual will be a key partner to the divisional operations leader focusing on strategy, execution and implementation. This position will facilitate the development and execution of long-term strategies that will optimize quality, cycle/response time, technology, risk, and total cost. The role will mitigate risk, use technology, improve processes and systems, and reduce overall cost of ownership and acquisition.

What will you do?

  • Global procurement category ownership with responsibility for strategic through tactical-level execution for the following globally subcontracted services for Thermo Fisher's CRO business (Phase 1B-4) across all therapeutic areas. This includes central laboratory, diagnostics services (Imaging, ECG, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring etc.), Clinical IT Solutions (IVRS, EDC, ePRO etc.) centralized services, patient services, home nursing, clinical ancillary materials and specialty CRO services.
  • Commercial support of CRG's worldwide cGMP, Bioanalytical, Vaccine, and Global Central Labs with a deep understanding of laboratory operations within the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry.

Requires extensive knowledge of the required onboarding due diligence and continuous assessment of regulatory, compliance, and risk for suppliers used for global clinical trials including audit support by pharma and biopharma customers and worldwide regulatory agencies.

  • Requires strategic business partnering with Medical Affairs, Regulatory, Clinical Operations, Project Management, Patient Advisory Services and Quality, along with Global Procurement colleagues in other categories and overseas, Legal, IT, HR, and Finance.
  • Extensively partners with CDSD Business Development and Alliance Account management to create cohesive solutions across the CRG enterprise in a customer facing role to grow revenue via these partnerships. Actively participates and consults in bid preparation and defense.
  • Delivers on key objectives (Annual Operating Plan - AOP), delivery, quality, service, cost, innovation, and growth commitments for Division Procurement
  • Partners with Category Managers, R&D, Engineering to deliver annual value improvements and drives competitive advantage
  • Partners with Supply Chain to create demand plans for supplier partners
  • Works closely with Shared Service and Procure to Pay (P2P) process team to ensure an efficient end to end delivery models
  • Responsible for the coordination of business projects and programs (e.g. M&A integration, make or buy, vendor transition, CSR), supervising execution and presenting results to senior leaders
Leadership Responsibilities
  • Provides division input to category strategies (Global, Group specific) and support implementation of aligned strategies
  • Works with supplier leadership (Vice President, General Managers, President, Functional and Operations Leaders) to solve business problems and assure alignment with Thermo Fisher objectives
  • Develops and assess purchasing talent and improve resource productivity and professionalism
  • Mentors and develops staff through coaching and development plans to address individual areas of improvement
  • Implements talent initiatives to improve Employee Involvement Survey results
  • Drives development and implementation of common processes, standardized practices, use of tools and technologies that can be scaled company wide

How will you get here?

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain/Materials Management or a related area or equivalent; MBA preferred
  • 15+ years of work experience, 8 in Procurement and at least 7 years of past people leadership experience
  • Confirmed experience leading and running diverse globally located remote based procurement staff focusing on mentoring, coaching and performance management
  • High level of proficiency with core Procurement skills relevant to sourcing outsourced clinical trial services
  • Strong influencing skills with ability to see issues from multiple viewpoints and understand differing needs of colleagues
  • Proven flexibility and willingness to respond to changes in the external environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to expertly present complex information
  • Results oriented, metrics driven leader with a root cause, permanent fix approach, continuous improvement approach

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Strong procurement and sourcing background
  • Demonstrated understanding of operations
  • Progressively responsible career path in manufacturing operations and procurement with significant practical experience in international settings
  • Strong analytical skills and process focus
  • Able to communicate effectively and empower global constituents to meet business objectives, and possesses strong presentation skills at all levels of the organization
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal skills, and unquestioned integrity and trust
  • Travel - approximately 10-20% - domestic and global


We offer competitive remuneration, annual incentive plan bonus scheme, healthcare, company pension, and a range of employee benefits!

Thermo Fisher Scientific offers employment with an innovative, forward-thinking organization, and outstanding career and development prospects.

EEO/Reasonable Accommodation:

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.
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