Category Manager IV


Job Title: Category Manager IV
Location: Remote
Duration: 12 Months
Job Description:

  • Collaborate with teams and leverage supplier market landscape to develop an optimal outsourcing strategy and execute competitive agreements
  • Leverage agile contract management best practice, along with an understanding of clinical sourcing, and in close collaboration with business partners and in compliance with sourcing strategies for R&D categories of service, to address business needs with suppliers
  • Establish relationships with internal stakeholders to ensure the highest service level
  • Understand business needs
  • Develop and leverage RFX methodology in compliance with the sourcing strategy
  • Guide project teams through the sourcing process and give appropriate suggestions and advice on the best approach / best practices
  • Facilitate evaluation of potential vendors through effective bidding process & capabilities presentations
  • Negotiate and implement competitive commercial conditions with suppliers/CROs
  • Facilitate the contracting process through full execution in collaboration with business partners
  • Monitor performance and follow up on remediation plans
  • Negotiate new and amended work specifications, budgets, payment schedules, and other documents that control the activities and performance of contract service providers
  • Escalate issues in a timely manner and support issue resolution to ensure study timelines and deliverables
  • Work collaboratively across the Sourcing Strategy and Execution team to ensure business needs are being met and all levels of engagement from this team are connected
  • Support assigned categories as well as provide overflow / backup support across the execution team to ensure consistent work output for business stakeholders
  • Provide regular updates and reports


  • BA degree
  • 10+ years in Sourcing/Procurement or vendor management in the pharma industry
  • Previous experience working with CROs and other key clinical service providers

Required Skills Include:

  • Business partnering and teamwork
  • Attention to detail
  • Strategic thinking
  • Understanding of business requirements
  • Cross-functional project management
  • Analytical skills/ data savviness
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Process Management
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication with impact
  • Change management

About SSi People:
With over 25 years of industry experience, SSi People has built its reputation and expertise on putting people first. Everything we do works toward delivering an exceptional experience for our consultants, our clients, and our internal team. Through a genuine commitment to people in everything we do. We have developed refined processes and a stellar internal team to deliver talent quickly. More importantly, we focus on building long-term relationships, not transactions. Putting people first is just what we do well.

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