Shire Senior Site Sourcing Lead in Thousand Oaks, California

This position is responsible for the administration of procurement activities and supplier management for assigned commodities, products and services. These activities would include making and executing decisions to ensure uninterrupted quality product/raw material flow or service delivery, negotiating lowest total cost and optimizing supplier relationships. Procurement of direct/indirect, MRO items, service agreements, capital purchases and negotiate contracts to support Plant manufacturing and production requirements. This position supports, but does not conduct the buying and planning activities as these are conducted within a separate group. The incumbent will also maintain communications internally and externally to surface and resolve issues, which can impact operating efficiencies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop key suppliers and implement strategies and programs to reduce total cost. Foster supplier partnerships. Develop an in-depth knowledge of suppliers, market and economic indicators, Procurement practices and procedures and effectively communicate this information to all levels of management. Manage and implement specific procurement strategies and scorecards, which ensure quality requirements and optimize cost, delivery and services while ensuring continued supply.

  • Forecast future pricing and availability of raw materials and products. Assist in the annual standard costing process and provide price forecasts.

  • Develop knowledge of Procurement and associated materials management systems, as well as, develop skills and knowledge in project management, negotiation, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and contract terms and conditions.

  • Continue the development, implementation and monitoring of procurement strategies into a "World Class" business environment.

  • Provide training and guidance to customers. Able to problem solve, recognize and anticipate customer's requirements and identify the urgency of these needs. Make prompt judgment calls and keep customer satisfaction in a quality environment.

  • Responsible to ensure the purchasing related files are maintained within the MRP system.

  • Position is a hands-on position with commodities and suppliers alike. This is both a tactical and strategic position that focuses on the continued development, implementing and monitoring procurement strategies into a "World Class" business environment. There is a high degree of supplier relation maintenance at all levels, business allocation decisions and monitoring adherence to the tactical/strategic processes developed by the Corporate Supplier Management Team. Provides on-going training to suppliers in MRP II and monitors supplier performance in achieving division goals for Procurement.

  • Evaluate the capabilities and capacities of current or proposed suppliers audit visits.

  • Sourcing of services and assigned products at best total cost, consistent with quality, cost, delivery and other requirements at the plant level.

  • Analyzes quotations to ensure that proposals meet with government regulations and accepted trade practices.

  • Implements contracts in accordance within the written directives of the Legal Department.

  • Maintains comprehensive files that will include contracts, purchase orders, insurance coverage, and scopes of work.

  • Negotiates on behalf of Shire with suppliers on price, delivery, terms in accordance of the legal policies and procedures.

  • Works with internal Quality Systems and procedures to insure compliance to all requirements.

  • Supports annual Plant Shutdown on maintenance and engineering projects.

  • Writes and trains on departmental policies and procedures (SOPs).

  • Partners with Category Managers to identify risk mitigation plan for assigned commodities and monitor major price/availability fluctuations that will impact the Plant's cost and/or ability to conduct business.

  • Sources new suppliers, assist in supplier evaluation and material qualification. Work with appropriate groups in the qualification and validation of new/revised raw materials, components and products.

  • Maintain and review supplier performance reports to ensure conformance to supplier management goals (cost, quality, service, delivery). Review and resolve supplier performance issues. Promote rapport with supplier management and foster closer business relationships.

  • Plans, implements and leads strategies for supplier management initiatives such as the supplier quality standard, supply assurance programs, commodity pricing/market trending, cost improvement projects, value improvement projects (VIP) and minority sourcing.

  • Develop strong, ethical relationships with key suppliers to ensure a beneficial relationship.

  • Interfaces effectively with internal departments (Logistics, Marketing, Plant Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality Assurance, Finance etc. as well as Corporate Supplier Management) to support goals.

  • Support Buyer/Planner activities and issue resolution for delivery and quality items. Planning and Purchase Order Buying tasks are not included in this position.

  • Participates in Kaizen and Six Sigma events.

  • Supports and backs up other Buyers as needed.

  • Develop understanding of all relevant purchasing/logistic computer systems to manage day-to-day activities such as open POs, inventory, MRP reports, supplier reports, etc. to ensure on-time material availability and proper inventory levels.

  • Supports Department and Plant initiatives and special projects as assigned.

  • Provide consultation to management and other groups regarding supplier/commodity issues, which may impact operations and provide Procurement and supplier management expertise to technical, engineering staffs.

  • Create cost saving opportunities through competitive bidding, negotiations, etc., while maintaining ethical practices and win-win outcomes for both parties. Initiates projects that eliminate non-value added activities, increase quality and service and reduce costs. Identify cost savings opportunities and submit Value Improvement Projects for evaluation and execution.

  • Execute and manage RFx process. Work with cross-functional groups to develop the necessary documents to run an effective RFI, RFP, and RFQ with supplier base and complete assessment process for supplier selection.

  • Lead/Support all local sourcing relevant activities - from potential suppliers, bidding process to supplier selection in alignment with Global Management and cross functional team (project team/users/requestors/Quality).

  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing

  • Incumbent must be proficient in a variety of mathematical disciplines and be able to work with both the metric and USA standards of measurement.

  • Must be able to read and follow detailed written instructions and have good verbal/written communication skills.

  • Works under time constraints that require creative thinking, problem solving skills and ability to work under pressure.

  • Must be able to assess how decisions impact performance.

  • Ability to understand market dynamics and conditions and manage total cost in connection with price changes, product availability and contractual obligations.

  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Must be able to create charts/graphs for presentations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment.

  • Must be able to negotiate, execute and manage contracts.

  • Frequently interact with external suppliers (globally) and many internal functions.

  • Knowledge of procurement practices and techniques.

  • Strong financial acumen.

  • Good presentation, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Must be able to read, write, and converse in English.

Leadership Behaviors

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

  • Be Positive

  • Be Accountable

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree preferred in business or technical field required.

  • Minimum 10 years procurement experience preferred.

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing industry background preferred.

  • C.P.S.M., C.P.M. and/or CPIM certification preferred.

  • Comprehension of ERP/MRP II and its operating environment required.

  • Knowledge of UCC and contract law preferred.

  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing concepts desired.

  • Project Management experience desirable.

Working Environment

  • Inside working conditions.

  • Normal office environment.

  • Will have interaction with other people.

  • Pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high.

  • May be asked to visit controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body.

  • Must be able to work extended hours including weekends, if required.

  • May be required to travel for business reasons, e.g. training and meetings. 10% travel.

Physical Demand

The overall physical exertion of this position is sedentary work.

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