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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Associate Director, Global Strategic Sourcing Phase 4 and EAP in Boston, United States

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the chance to change lives. At Alexion, people living with rare and devastating diseases are our Guiding Star. We are driven to continuously innovate and create meaningful value in all we do to help patients and families fully live their best lives. We value the uniqueness and diversity of our employees and recognize that nurturing the diverse perspectives and strengths of our people translates into innovative breakthroughs for patients.

This is what you will do:

We are excited to launch our expanded Global Strategic Sourcing (GSS) R&D team to support Alexion’s Global Portfolio in new modalities of intervention and therapeutic areas and help deliver important medicines to our patients. The GSS R&D organization is on a transformative path to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the business.

Through our “Growth Through Innovation (GTI)” program, you will help to drive the success of our R&D organization while ensuring we can meet our business goal of delivering important medicines to patients suffering from rare disease to 100 countries worldwide. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and leading category strategies and clinical outsourcing in support of Phase 4 and Early Access Programs. You will be partnering and advising key stakeholders on supply market dynamics and leading practices which improve value, minimize risk, and ensure quality & cost effectiveness.

Your primary focus will be helping to establish a best practices Category Management and Strategic Sourcing program for Phase 4 and Early Access clinical outsourcing actively supporting the development a global network of preferred and strategic suppliers. Strategic vision and tactical execution are key to success in this role.

You will be responsible for:

  • Develop and execute clear category management, global sourcing events and procurement strategies for Phase 4 and Early Access clinical outsourcing.

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure effective alignment that support business requirements while appropriately managing quality, speed, cost, risk, and ease-of-use.

  • Be knowledgeable in market trends, benchmarks, and best practices.

  • Ensure a data-driven approach to category management and high-quality analytics to deliver insights, capabilities, and results.

  • Coordinates bid defense meeting and provide bid analysis to project teams.

  • Contract lifecycle management including negotiation of clinical study contracts and change orders (scope of work, commercial terms, budget) through to close out.

  • Partner with suppliers and internal stakeholders to identify, manage, escalate, and resolve issues related to supplier performance.

  • Develop and foster a supplier experience that nurtures the perception of Alexion as a “customer of choice.”

    You will need to have:

  • 10+ years Bio-Pharma industry experience with extensive knowledge of strategic sourcing and category management

  • Exceptional negotiation skills: you are a tenacious problem-solver with a focus on building mutually beneficial relationships

  • Excellent communication and ability to influence others

  • The duties of this role are generally conducted in an office environment. As is typical of an office-based role, employees must be able, with or without an accommodation to use a computer; engage in communications via phone, video, and electronic messaging; engage in problem solving and non-linear thought, analysis, and dialogue; collaborate with others; maintain general availability during standard business hours.

    We would prefer for you to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree ; Advanced Degree ; CPSM or equivalent

  • Subject expertise in the Drug Development process


    Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at: www.alexion.com .

    Alexion is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to fostering a culture of belonging where every single person can belong because of their uniqueness. The Company will not make decisions about employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment based on race, color, religion, creed or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), parental status (including adoption or surrogacy), military status, protected veteran status, disability, medical condition, gender identity or expression, genetic information, mental illness or other characteristics protected by law. Alexion has taken critical steps to protect colleagues, loved ones, and patients from COVID-19 and its variants. All US-based employees must comply with Alexion's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Alexion provides exceptions based on applicable state law as well as reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of candidates and employees. To begin an interactive dialogue with Alexion regarding a legally required exemption or accommodation, please contact accommodations@Alexion.com. Alexion participates in E-Verify.

    As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion offers a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

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