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Senior Sourcing Manager

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Company: Roche
Contract: PERM
Location: Zug - Rotkreuz, Switzerland

The position

The Senior Sourcing Manager is responsible for the execution of Direct Procurement Operations activities within a specific region, country or site as well as supplier management responsibilities (negotiating, contracting, performance management, risk management) in alignment with Category Management team.

As a team member in the Direct Procurement Operations team, the role is responsible for executing various value-add activities including, but not limited to, first-level escalation from business stakeholders, master data management, supplier performance & risk management, and driving cost savings / continuous improvement initiatives to ensure maximum value-add to Operations. The Senior Sourcing Manager has management responsibility for a team of Sourcing Managers / Sourcing Specialists, and provides these resources with day-to-day directions and guidance in performing responsibilities.

What you will do

  • Lead procurement operations team: Lead a team of Sourcing Managers and Sourcing Specialists for specific areas of spend supporting local manufacturing, ensuring a focus on cycle-times and quality of customer service.
  • Perform procurement operations activities - Execute procurement operations activities within the Region and site ensuring a focus on efficiency, compliance, and the quality of customer service.
  • Maintain information flows - Responsible for maintaining strong information flows back to the Category Management teams and other internal stakeholders.
  • Apply sourcing process - Application of the sourcing process (RfIs, RfQs, RfPs) for the delivery of sourcing activity, incl. the application of eSourcing tools. Support the implementation of new processes, policies, and technologies.
  • Collaborate with support functions - Collaborate on an as-needed basis with relevant business support functions (e.g. Procurement Controlling, Accounts Payable) to drive operational efficiencies and maximum value-add to the business.
  • Monitor targets and KPIs – Ensure that Direct Procurement Operations targets and metrics on supply, quality and customer service are delivered. Track and monitor these metrics where required, and escalate issues as they arise.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Support CSR initiatives related to (candidate) suppliers, e.g. supplier diversity, anti-bribery, animal welfare, etc.
  • Develop people – Coach procurement team members and provide opportunities for professional development. Define a succession plan for the team to support career development and ensure a pipeline of talent.
  • Manage performance - Manage performance and talent development for all direct functional reports and contribute to feedback to project or other related resources, according to Roche’s standard.

Who you are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

  • University degree, with business related degree preferable.
  • Business level fluency in English.
  • 5+ years in-depth strategic and operational procurement experience with extensive knowledge of transactional procurement activities, business enterprise systems, and spot buying.
  • Proven leadership and management capabilities including the ability to successfully provide feedback and development support to individuals
  • Experience in leading cost reduction and value improvement programs.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated understanding of translating business requirements into procurement specifications in a customer centric way.
  • Proven capability in negotiation, conflict resolution and stakeholder management.
  • Knowledgeable in systems and processes for efficient management of contract documentation, templates and processing tools.
  • Willingness to travel 10%


  • Post graduate business related qualification.
  • Fluency in German (as primary business language of the site) is preferable.
  • Life Sciences/ Medical Device/ GMP industry or Management Consulting experience.
  • Documented international Strategic Sourcing or cost reduction experience.
  • Experience in operational excellence or continuous improvement methodologies
  • Experience in or proven capability in collaboration with Category Management.
  • Life Sciences experience.
  • Professional purchasing (e.g. CIPS, ISM) or Finance related licenses or certifications.
  • Experience with enterprise systems and procure to-pay tools and eSourcing tools. (i.e.: Ariba, SAP etc.).

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