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Category Buyer External Manufacturing Research and Development and Analytical Services

date posted 08/05/2022
contract type Full time
job id R2652916
location Waltham, MA;Framingham, MA;Bridgewater, NJ;


The procurement function aims at enabling the sanofi strategy by leveraging the supplier markets and delivering added value throughout operations performed within Central, Global, and Regional pillars of its organization. Our purpose in procurement is to be a strategic function that brings sustainable value, working in partnership with our international business partners and external suppliers. To boost procurement efficiency and performance, the Procurement organization fosters the right level of globalization through a category management oriented operating model leveraging the management of resources through competencies, localization, internal mobility and talent development.

The Direct Spend Category is a very complex one, with several categories of spend.  It is global in nature let has regional and local specificities that should be optimized and organized in a transparent manner.  Customers are across all of Sanofi so Business Partners are diverse and spread worldwide in complex matrix organizations.

The nature of this spend category is volatile, with the need to manage definition of needs, changes mid-services, regulatory constraints and high level of compliance. Fundamental understanding of the research & development process ( chemical & biological development / CMC) and/or quality control testing, is needed to succeed optimally in this position. Main sites to be supported are in North America.


The position works closely with the Sanofi business partners to assess and manage all outsourcing needs in support of all CMC aspects and quality control testing for IA.

Sourcing is the process to identify, evaluate and engage external suppliers in order to answer a need expressed by a business owner (the requestor)

It includes the usage of preferred suppliers and any recommended buying channels (marketplace, catalogues, master agreement, sole source supplier, price list).

This position executes the sourcing, the negotiation and support contract execution. The job holder...

  • Implements and ensures alignment with the global strategy defined by the Global Lead Buyers at the project level

  • Applies the best strategies for specific project(s) and/or scientific procurement activities in compliance with approved vendors, leveraging global providers where possible

  • Leads and conducts Request for Proposal (RFP) process with business partner support

  • Administers procurement activities, including selecting sources of supply, approving purchase orders, managing relationships with suppliers/negotiating terms of contracts while ensuring compliance standards.

  • Negotiates and challenges suppliers to be as cost effective as possible, ensure minimal risk to the company while reducing overall cost to the company and alleviating business risk.     

  • Ensures the procurement of company materials and supplies, services and investments at the best market conditions for his/her perimeter

  • Is responsible for evaluating alternative solutions suggested by suppliers aimed at the improvement of procurement or to capture innovation in the marketplace

  • Manages, ad hoc, specific project(s) and/or critical activities related to the procurement function.

  • Ensures appropriate reporting/documentation inspection readiness, compliance and procurement performance

  • Is responsible for setting up an efficient & constructive partnership with the Business partners, and other functions like legal, finance, quality


  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or Biology preferred

  • Strong biopharmaceutical and/or pharmaceutical Research & Development understanding

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in pharmaceutical or healthcare industry (e.g., procurement, CMC function or IA Quality Control lab) or a CMC procurement organization or a CMC outsourcing group (managing outsourced activities)

  • Negotiation skills and experience

  • Proven ability to deliver results with cross-functional teams

  • Project Management skills​

  • Ability to

    • Support requestors to format their requirements, ensure adequate work scope and clarity

    • For suppliers’ comprehension to ease outsourcing process

    • Forecast the cost to support the establishment of the budgets

    • Provide suppliers market analysis

    • Assess the market in order to identify other potential suppliers, if needed

    • Learn, comprehend and utilize procurement principles including finance and legal terms

    • Selects and recommend a subset of potential suppliers to satisfy the requirements

  • Competitiveness, delivery, regulatory compliance to ensure a proper competitive leverage

  • Define and manage a negotiation plan

Soft skills & languages

  • Ability to influence, drive change, be diplomatic, and demonstrate competencies in problem solving

  • Global mindset and intercultural awareness

  • Ability to create strong business partnership with any professional

  • Openminded & good team spirit

  • Strong verbal and written ability with the  English language (French or German would be a plus)

As a healthcare company and a vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi has an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. All US based roles require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of your job responsibilities.

Fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, an individual is considered to be “fully vaccinated” fourteen (14) days after receiving (a) the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or (b) the single dose of the J&J vaccine. Fully vaccinated, for new Sanofi employees, is to be fully vaccinated 14 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE.  

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.


At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.

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