Shire Procurement Business Partner- BioLife (Associate Director) in Bannockburn, Illinois

This role is the primary business partner from Global Technical Operations Procurement to the BioLife Operating Unit, responsible for plasma supply to Shire manufacturing and fractionation operations. The business partner will support operations of the internal BioLife plasma collection centers from a Procurement perspective, drive the development of strategies for procurement of 3d party plasma, participate with the OpU in sourcing and contracting 3d party plasma purchases, and other direct materials category management as assigned.

Primary Duties

Responsible for developing the overall strategy for assigned categories in accordance with business and fiscal guidelines for terms and conditions, quality, cost and availability in meeting overall company objective. This individual will be the focal point for sourcing, contract development, and new supplier development as well as supplier management and supplier performance.


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Job Function and Description


Category Management & Delivery

Align with businesses, Sites on functional strategies (Manufacturing/Engineering/Quality/SC….) Ability to combine internal and external information and requirements to develop and define forward looking and innovative category/material strategies. Ability to think in strategic dimensions Personally develops, leads, and manages larger sub-categories. Ensure preferred supplier lists are in place, updated and maintained for assigned categories/commodities/services Initiate, lead and standardize market research activities within the categories

Industry analysis to identify size of industry, leading players, and specific industry characteristics.

Analyze global Category or service market trends for assigned material/service purchases and utilize information for strategy development

Remain cognizant of supplier financial performance

Know Shire product technology roadmap and establish relationships with key suppliers to leverage new technologies and processes Develops an end-to-end category strategy, mapping out the current landscape and defining an improvement plan for the near, mid and long-term to stimulate interest from and engagement with stakeholders. Activities such as: market research, demand management, specification development, spend analytics, category strategy development, business case development, negotiation, E-Procurement & E-auctions, supplier relationship management, stakeholder engagement. Utilize established tools/systems & adherence to policies. Monitor category spend and continuously evaluate options to reduce TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) Gain Management approval and establish cross functional Category Management Teams (GCMT) Feed success stories into overall procurement communications. Analyze and solve complex problems through innovative thought


Client/Internal Relations

Issue Management/ Schedule Adherence Meet regularly with stakeholders to ensure alignment & solicit feedback High level of client focus and an ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Develop close relationships with both suppliers and appropriate client groups. Optimize supplier relationships while maximizing value and ensuring uninterrupted services. Demonstrating value delivery to a target audience of VP/Sr. Dir / Dir level stakeholders to reinforce client-side buy-in. Be able to engage leaders to gain insights and perspective. Understand Business area needs strategies and priorities and service accordingly. Ability to explain procurement practices, benefits to the organization, the value of Supplier Relationship Management participation in post contract management. Demonstrate Shire values in all relationships (including suppliers). Specifically where the business is not engaged, or late, finds ways of improving engagement and develops a plan of action. Ability to address urgent needs of the business effectively and efficiently. Support Inventory goals Be knowledgeable in best procurement practice for the category (sub-categories) Co-develop and execute sourcing strategies with the business, expertly advising and guiding the process to the best-fit approach, tactics and tools (e.g. outcome-based specifications, RFP/RFI/RFQ builds, E-auctions, KPI/SLA development). Lead/Support Crisis Management for supply issue resolution Support technology transfer activities for Procurement and Support local sourcing activities upon request


Processes, Metrics & Execution

Review supplier performance reports consistent with agreed requirements to insure consistency with quality, service and delivery objectives. Communicate SPR (Supplier Performance Ratings) results to suppliers and lead improvement activities/programs for Service and Delivery, coordinate Quality aspects Track progress against objectives; refine and develop audience-specific updates. Work in collaboration with Global Internal Audit and other functions to ensure compliance to policies and audit remediation. Responsible for the negotiation and contract management process Responsible with the Client for the timely procurement of contract services required for company operations. Create, prioritize and plan a pipeline of opportunities to deliver the saving objectives Overall follow the Procurement Operating Model for disciplined execution


Supplier Relations

Enable Shire to get the best out of its suppliers by working in partnership with them for mutual good business. Business Reviews and technical Meetings with suppliers Knowledge of supplier technology, strengths and weaknesses as well as future directions Ability to oversee and manage suppliers and material supply in complex environment Help the Business conduct post contract management (PCM) and facilitate supplier relationship management (SRM) with Global/Key suppliers. Ensure Procurement, the Business and Suppliers conduct business ethically, and within the Company’s Anti Bribery and Corruption and FCPA guidelines. Alert the leadership to any improper practice. Partner with Supplier Quality to improve supplier performance and enhance supplier relationship (quality, technical capabilities, processes, etc.) Encourage Supplier Diversity.


Risk Management

Develop and implement risk mitigation activities for identified items and suppliers Develop risk action plans and prioritize actions Lead, support and/or coordinate mitigation actions Track and maintain all relevant information in Risk Management Tool Assess all new items/suppliers and track information in assessment tool Align potential alternate sourcing or risk acceptance with senior management Knowledgeable of supplier ramp up capability and limitations Manage D&B financial risk monitoring and maintain risk tool appropriately Support the SNC (Supplier Notification of Change) process and lead supplier communication Ensure continuity of supply through inventory coverage during Material Qualification Support issue resolution with suppliers Perform Risk Assessment/Due Diligence for new suppliers during sourcing process; Oversee Risk Management processes and guidelines for Category Management and provide consolidated reports to steering committee; Initiate and coordinate Alternate Sourcing pipeline based on risk potential/prioritization; Ensure Risk Assessment results are reflected in Category Strategy

Education and Experience Requirements

  • BA or BS required; MBA preferred

  • 7 + years of sourcing/procurement/Category and Supplier Relationship Management experience in a regulated environment preferably in pharmaceutical Industry

  • Demonstrated ability of end-to-end category management & change from a tactical fulfillment service provider to business partner status.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate ideas and influence others.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver value-added results to the organization by applying financial analysis principles and procurement discipline.

  • Demonstrated ability of working with and managing cross functional teams in a global, complex, changing environment to deliver value-added results to the organization.

  • Experience in working with different cultures/different hierarchy levels

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Living our leadership behaviors is a basic expectation for all Shire employees. Shire expects all employees to embody the following:

Leadership Behaviors

  • Be Positive

  • Be Accountable

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

  • Strategic Thinking: Understands clearly key external developments and trends, such as market needs, competition and technology that are likely to impact the business and builds this knowledge into an end-to-end category strategy. Develops solutions that reflect a thorough understanding of Shire’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Addresses potential issues through effective planning and resourcing. Applies extensive, expert knowledge and experience to support the business direction. Can take complex, abstract ideas or situations and distill the fundamental issues and articulate the solution in an easy to understand way.

  • Teamwork: Fosters an environment of collaboration. Understands and values the collective strengths and experience of the Team and knows when to draw on complementary skills to meet the required objectives. Actively builds bridges between areas by uncovering and working to remove barriers. Works hard to generate commitment and loyalty across the team.

  • Leadership: Actively promotes new ways of looking at problems, processes ort solutions. Establishes rapport and responds in an approachable manner with wide range of contacts. Puts systems in place and engages in personal interactions to promote sharing of key learnings and best practices across the organization.

  • Serving Customers : Adapts quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and rapid change within Shire. Demonstrates tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty while delivering a service and value for internal Shire customers. Recommends process improvements that will greatly improve quality, and establishes effective systems, processes and procedures to get work done and transfer knowledge. Brings fresh perspectives, innovation, ideas & best practice into Shire.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Must support business needs within Shire and be aligned with Global Procurement. Needs to understand the sourcing and multi-site operational complexities of the category of spend. Must be able to work on cross-functional and/or cross-site teams to achieve objectives. Strong team working skills required as well as sound diplomacy skills. Superior negotiating skills while representing Shire to suppliers and negotiating formal commitments for services/products. Knowledge of multiple spending patterns, supplier processes, business processes across the company must be employed to effectively make decisions representing internal clients and the relationships with Shire’s suppliers.

Internal and External Contacts

  • Communicates opinions, facts and thoughts with clarity, transparency and honesty. Seeks multiple perspectives and listens openly to others’ points of views. Enables and demonstrates the courage to speak up on issues and risks as well as on the good news. Interacts, communicates and coordinates with people at all levels, both internally and externally. Has a high level of interaction with Shire supplier community and should represent Shire as the key point of contact for Shire’s International supplier community.

Other Job Requirements

  • Up to 20% travel may be required both within the US and global.

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