Global Procurement Category Manager for IT

St.-Prex, Switzerland

Posted: 4-May-2018

Ref#: FER-0061/412BR

Headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. The company identifies, develops and markets innovative products in the areas of reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopaedics. Ferring has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries. To learn more about Ferring or its products please visit
In our Headquarter in St-Prex/Lausanne (Switzerland), we are looking for an:
                        Global Procurement Category Manager for IT
Your mission
We are looking for a Global Procurement Category Manager for IT, based in St Prex (Switzerland) to ensure the appropriate sourcing of all IT software, equipment, Services, and digital services.
Main responsibilities
  • Although based in Switzerland, the job holder will have to conduct a global role and identify the best sourcing channels for all Ferring entities.
  • Accountable for having appropriate category strategies defined, together with the IT group, to ensure the most appropriate sourcing of IT/digital goods and services
  • Responsible for the sourcing of IT/digital goods and services, lead contract negotiation 
  • Establish, share and continuously improve best practices in IT procurement
  • Establish and nurture excellent relationships with stakeholders
  • Protect the company ensuring we have the best contractual positions in place
  • Train and coach local Buyers on respective category spend
  • Segment and rationalize the existing supply base in respective category spend and establish supplier relationship management strategy. 
  • Analyse risks and set-up risk mitigation plan
  • Develop and maintain a culture of performance in the procurement function in own area of responsibility, resulting in continuous improvement of costs and customer service level
Required Experience & Competences
  • University level and ideally Master in Procurement
  • 5 years in a global procurement role in IT where negotiations skills have been demonstrated
  • Experience of purchasing in pharmaceutical environment would be a plus
  • Good understanding of contract law and commercial acumen
  • Leadership skills to be able to manage, motivate and engage team members / stakeholders (remotely or not)
  • Stakeholder management
  • Comprehensive understanding of the IT/Digital marketplace
  • Drive for results, interpersonal savvy and cross-cultural sensitivity

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