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Cluster Engagement Manager

  • Job reference: 931985
  • Location: Berkshire
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Life Sciences, Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Date posted: 15/09/2020

Orion Group Life Sciences have an exciting opportunity for a Cluster Engagement Manager for our Multinational Pharmaceutical client based in the Berkshire/Buckinghamshire area on an initial 6 month contract.

Job Purpose
This assignment is to support the team in a short-term capacity taking on a position as Cluster Engagement Manager for the Northern Europe Cluster of countries (UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland & Finland) and across our enterprises. You will be part of a small procurement team in support of approximately $400 million in spend in Marketing & Sales categories and Business Services. The role will support the Cluster Engagement Lead and the other Cluster Team Managers.

Main Responsibilities of the role:
The Cluster Engagement Manager NE's scope of responsibilities include:
1) Business Engagement:

  • Representing Procurement in the cluster as Primary point of contact
  • Active Stakeholder Management to enable key procurement initiatives
  • Identify business insights, business needs and priorities in close collaboration with the category organization and the Business Engagement Lead's
  • Travel between key office locations including Nordics * subject to COVID-19 restrictions & local policy

2) Category & Supplier Management:

  • Understand the category strategy and drive the strategy implementation in the cluster in close collaboration with the business partners to deliver maximum value.
    Accountable for delivery of Procurement cluster commitments including financial, service, reliability, quality, social impact, innovation, and growth
  • Develop deep supplier relationships with cluster specific suppliers to include data review and analysis, performance management and development, and improvement of end-to-end value, and bring innovation to the business;
  • Escalate issues that may impact the Regional and/or Global Procurement organization.

Desired Experience and Background of the successful candidate:

  • Broad experience in Commercial Category Management in Marketing and Sales (Media & Agencies, Professional Education, Sales & Distributions, Marketing Operations or Market Research
  • Broad-based understanding of business operations and practices and core Procurement areas of focus (Spend Management: Category Management and Supplier Management);
  • Able to make an impact on delivery in short lead times
  • Able to prioritize requests, and propose effective cost/customer service alternatives;
  • Ability to show judgment in developing new approaches and resolving issues;
  • Ability to show strategic thinking;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to confidently present complex information in English, any additional Cluster language will be a plus;
  • Strong level of credibility with internal customers, and with the supplier community;
  • Strong influencing skills with ability to see issues from multiple viewpoints and understand differing needs of stakeholders (e.g. Senior Business leaders, different Businesses, Procurement LT, Marketing, R&D, Supply Chain);
  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to respond to changes in the external environment, while ensuring the organization is able to effectively and efficiently move through transitions

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For more information on this role, call George McGlone on: +44 (0) 203994470 or email for a completely confidential chat about this role and other opportunities.

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