Director – Professional Services Category | Pharmaceuticals | Frankfurt

As a specialist in appointing Procurement Leadership roles internationally, we are delighted to be partnering with this innovative and progressive Pharmaceutical & Consumer Healthcare organisation.

With a strategic procurement organisation transformation underway, the opportunity exists for an experienced, innovative, agile and technically competent international Professional Services Category Leader to join and be part of a genuine strategic change programme.

This Procurement category leadership opportunity is an integral part of the Transformation agenda – especially as the investment and procurement strategy spans a number of international markets and Professional Services areas including IS/IT and Consumables.

The ability to engage, motivate and drive change across a disparate, complex stakeholder community is vital to the success of this position.

As Director – Professional Services Category your key responsibilities will be:

  • Strategic Planning – development of long term, sustainable strategic category plans for the entire spend within a business unit, region or globally. Ensure alignment between global category team strategy and local Country teams
  • Relationship management – ensure that category strategies are highly aligned to current and future business needs and the supply base is capable of supporting these strategies
  • Oversee implementation of the Category plans – ensure that the underpinning process improvement and procurement activities deliver the expected business value in accordance with the strategic plans, global processes, systems and governance
  • Engage with key business stakeholders across the company to gain approval and support for the Category plan, including annual budget cycles and devolved procurement savings targets that need to be embedded in Country P&L’s
  • Provide the highest level of Procurement expertise to category team – establish robust supplier management principles and ensure category team follows them. Resolve quality problems with suppliers and user departments and develop measurements for improvement and target setting
  • Track performance and reporting across the category using the assigned systems and processes

Skills and experience:

  • We are looking for an experienced Sourcing and Procurement leader who is able to navigate ambiguity, set clear direction and deliver to challenging timescales/objectives.
  • Extensive experience in leading a purchasing department in either the pharmaceutical industry, or listed Categories is preferred. The individual must be able to show deep domain knowledge of the Category and a track record of delivering value across large, de-centralised company.
  • Stakeholder Engagement, Supplier Collaboration, Team Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring are all essential attributes. In addition, a track record of driving change with pace, agility and adaptability to a changing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced tertiary qualifications preferably in business administration, commerce, engineering, supply chain and procurement would be advantageous.
  • Fluent in English and German (other European languages would be an advantage)

Benefits of the Director – Professional Services Category role include:

  • c€130k base salary
  • Car allowance
  • Performance-based bonus and extensive benefits package.

How to apply:

To discuss the Director – Professional Services Category role in more depth please contact David Hazeldine at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7780 734743.

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