Global Category Manager, Indirect Procurement

September 29 2021
Industries Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology
Categories Purchasing, Procurement, Contracts, Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain, Purchasing
North York, ON

About Apotex Inc.

Apotex Inc. is a proudly Canadian, global pharmaceutical company that produces high-quality, affordable medicines for patients around the world. Apotex employs almost 8,000 people worldwide in manufacturing, R&D, and commercial operations. Apotex Inc. exports to more than 100 countries and territories and operates in more than 45 countries, with a significant presence in Canada, the US, Mexico, and India. Through vertical integration, Apotex is comprised of multiple divisions and affiliates including Apotex Inc., focused on generics; Apobiologix, a division of Apotex Inc. focused on biosimilar development; Aveva, an affiliate of Apotex Inc. fully integrated global developer and manufacturer of complete transdermal solutions; Apotex Consumer Products, a division of Apotex Inc. focused on brand name products; and Global Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (GAPI), a division of Apotex Inc. focused on the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for Apotex and third parties. For more information visit:

Job Summary

The Global Category Manager leads the category strategy development, strategic sourcing, negotiation, contracting and supplier performance management for a complex portfolio of goods and services. The purpose of the position is to create value for key stakeholders, reduce total cost of ownership, and leverage world-class negotiation and sourcing strategies, tools and processes, and mitigate risk through contract development. The Global Category Manager will be responsible for the development of annual category plans and obtain line of business buy in and support for the category plan. This position interacts with managers, directors and officers throughout the organization. The position also closely works with 3rd party contracted partners and external suppliers. Having experience in all phases of the supplier selection process (sourcing, RFx, contracting, etc.) as well as Supplier Relationship Management experience is required for success in this role.

Job Responsibilities

  • Collect input of internal stakeholders' needs and market knowledge. (e.g., supply market structure and dynamics, strategies of suppliers, pricing structures, opportunities, and threats)
  • Category strategy development (e.g., strategic goals, strategic options, project pipeline, implementation plan), socialization and approval from stakeholders
  • Prepare and execute category RFx package, RFx type and approach, internal stakeholders' requirements, roles for negotiation, list of suppliers, alternatives to negotiated agreement.
  • Provide input on Procurement process for users and stakeholders.
  • Negotiation and contract award: determine optimal negotiation/award alternative, award goods/services package to supplier(s), as approved by stakeholders.
  • Prepare and track negotiated savings.
  • Acts as the primary liaison between Procurement and Business Senior Leadership in their functional domain.
  • Translates business strategies, challenges, and opportunities into Sourcing opportunities (business acumen, innovation, thought leader).

Job Requirements

  • University graduate degree required. Specialization in Operations Management, business, Supply Chain or Engineering preferred
  • 7+ years of relevant global category management / strategic sourcing experience, and include a minimum of 5+ years in an Indirect Procurement function at a multinational corporation
  • Supply Chain Management professional (SCMP) accreditation preferred
  • 5+ years of in-depth procurement best practice (benchmarking, should-cost models, RFX, Reverse Auction etc.)
  • 3-5 years of business stakeholder relationship management experience within a manufacturing organization
  • Procurement lifecycle (requisition to payment customer impact) experience
  • Practiced collaborator with demonstrated capability to partner with other business functions and internal stakeholders, comfortable within a culture of rigorous regulatory and scientific process excellence
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated positive team work across business segments and within the department.
  • Familiarity with SAP, Ariba, and other enterprise Procurement systems, e-Sourcing and contract management tools required.

COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY: In accordance with Apotex Inc. (“Apotex”) policy, as of November 15, 2021, all individuals entering a Canadian site (including but not limited to employees, visitors, contractors and agency workers) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with the current government requirements. Further, all employees must maintain all future booster vaccines as approved and recommended by Health Canada. Accommodation from these requirements for reasons pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, or any other applicable law (most commonly for medical and/or religious reasons) will be reviewed and considered by Apotex.

At Apotex, we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported.

Apotex offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.

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