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Head China Procurement & Sourcing Strategy (Pharmaceutical)

Shanghai, Shenzhen
Job Description:
The role will act as a core driver to the China strategy for our client by understanding the ground situation, assessing and validating the capabilities of the Partners based in China Region. The role will be responsible for identifying new partners, building and maintain partnerships with the new and existing partners. The role will assess, understand and leverage the partner capabilities to drive our Client's China strategy to deliver short, medium and long-term value to the Business.

Key accountabilities for the role:
  • The key responsibilities of the role would be to meet the long-term demands as per agreed service levels, optimally source all components for commercial and new products. To ensure supplier quality assurance, reduce supply risks, lead the team to deliver stretch targets and continually improve processes to achieve the company growth targets.
  • Strategize & Drive Sourcing Function and R&D- New Product Development in terms of innovation to create a strong and stable vendor base for all new and critical dependencies. Support the Procurement Function for the Manufacturing in the event of Supply Challenges / Disruption.
  • Delivery of short, medium- and long-term Supply Chain strategy in China aligned with Business and Purchasing strategies
  • Assess risk factors to ensure minimum cost exposure to Business from China Partners and take appropriate action to ensure exposure is kept to an absolute minimum.
  • Lead and engage all critical vendors based in China through a long-term supply / purchase agreements by negotiating and minimizing the impact of critical supply risks, binding China based global vendors on consistent and sustainable supplies. Working closely with Procurement  Head , Legal & Finance teams considering aspects such as supply continuity, indemnity, pricing and non-supply penalties.
  • Manage contract negotiations for all vendors based in China along with the Procurement and SCM Head ensuring cost, quality; service targets and standards are achieved  demonstrating competitive advantage to the Business as  result.
  • Negotiate at manufacturer level and ensure cost transparency and net costs. Ensure that a detailed plan to implement the Supply Chain strategy is in place in line with the business requirements and conclude to Orders completion.
  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders, including Business Unit, Plant, R&D, SCM and Regulatory teams. Strong collaborations needed with Project Management, Planning, Legal and IP teams.
  • Develop strong relationships with Suppliers and Distributors and establish effective measurement criteria for performance review and continued improvement.
  • Work closely within the supply chain and finance teams to ensure that the financial impact of any sourcing activity highlighted. Ensure Purchasing data is robust, relevant and communicated internally in a timely manner
  • The successful candidate will have experience of strategic Sourcing in a variety of categories from China , especially in KSM / Intermediates / Solvents / API’s / Excipients & Packing Materials, ideally gained within a complex international business (i.e. multiple sectors, multiple markets and multiple countries).
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