Head of R&D Discovery & Development Services, Open to flexibility

Stevenage, London
12 Sep 2018
19 Sep 2018
Contract Type

Head of R&D Discovery & Development Services, Open to flexibility

What is the purpose of this role?

As the Head of R&D Discovery & Development Services you will lead the creation, execution and management of the comprehensive global sourcing strategies for Discovery & Development Services categories within the responsibility scope of Global Procurement across business units. To demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the market actors, their capabilities and capacities.

The global strategy will take account of functional business needs and therapeutic area needs. The global strategy will be comprehensive with BUs requests, and will be consistent with regional or local needs.

You will lead, manage and develop teams of professional sourcing staff to facilitate the delivery of the primary role purpose described above (specific to roles with line management content)

  • Direct reports, indirect reports, matrix reports
  • Developing capability of staff, both technical and behavioural.
  • Leading improvements in team performance

What are the key responsibilities of this role?

You will manage a spend of £392 m by creating comprehensive global sourcing strategies for Lab testing and safety, Product development (chemistry, biology, and for CH : Oral & Skin and Pain & Respiratory) and address collaboration and academia, operating with a truly global and strategic mindset

Build strategic relationships with a network of senior GSK global stakeholders, to understand business requirements, identify opportunities to create value and to position Procurement's value proposition. Align sourcing strategies accordingly.

Create compelling business cases for change and obtain approval to execute from GSK R&D and/or other support functions (Finance, HR) senior management, and to agree how benefit delivery will be budgeted

Deliver global benefits identified in strategies through effective strategy execution, aligned to assurance of supply (risk management), compliance, quality, service, cost and innovation.

Engage stakeholders, Finance and other relevant functions in the sourcing strategy delivery and execution.

Build strategic relationships with key suppliers at a senior level and lead processes to ensure value is driven from these relationships. Ensure BUs considerations are accounted for in supplier relationships. Leverage the Business Review Meeting process to drive the relationship.

Lead and direct category teams within scope of responsibility

Build the organisational capabilities necessary to implement GSK strategy, now and in the future.

Ensure appropriate communication strategy is in place and in use within the relevant Procurement and business customer networks.

How do I apply?
Closing date for applications (midnight): 19th Sept 2018

Please ensure that you provide a strong cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this role, we will use the information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV to assess your application.

During the course of your application you will be requested to complete voluntary information which will be used in monitoring the effectiveness of our equality and diversity policies. Your information will be treated as confidential and will not be used in any part of the selection process.

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Thank you for your interest in this opportunity

Why You?

Basic qualifications:

What qualifications do I need to apply?

  • You will have a university degree in Finance, Business or Science

What skills and experience do I need?

  • You will have significant experience in procurement, especially on R&D categories, and be an established leader of direct and matrixed with proven negotiations and contract management skills.
  • You will have excellent English proficiency (written and oral) with outstanding communication skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • What other qualification would benefit this role?
  • A Master's Degree Business Administration or Medical Sciences.

Why GSK?:

Company Details:

At GSK, our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Our three world-leading businesses research and deliver innovative medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. We need a talented and motivated workforce to deliver against our strategy. To achieve this, we strive to attract the best people and to create an environment that empowers and inspires

Who are Global Procurement at GSK?

We are a centralised and integrated organisation, delivering value to GSK through partnership with stakeholders and our supply base. Our team is comprised of 700+ colleagues in over 65 countries. Collectively we manage over £11B in spend across a substantial breadth of spend categories. We do this through an approach centred around Global Category Management and through embedded presence and engagement with our stakeholders in local country teams and manufacturing sites.

What role does Procurement play in delivering the GSK strategy?
Procurement at GSK continues to develop into an important strategic business partner with a high expectation to help create value for GSK not only through delivering savings to the business but from working with great suppliers who help deliver high quality goods and services to GSK impacting both our bottom line and top line growth.

What's the future for Global Procurement?

We will be an integrated organisation with value added business partnering relationships, deep category expertise in the right places, and effective supplier relationship management practices. We are focused on streamlining business processes, efficiently managing a strong pipeline of value-adding projects, and delivering maximum value for GSK.

Contact information:
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