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Title:  Director, Technical Strategic Sourcing

Requisition ID:  65961
Date:  May 24, 2024

Dublin, Leinster, IE

Department:  Procurement


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  

Job Summary:

In this role, the individual will be a key member of the Global Strategic Sourcing Team for Drug Delivery Devices business. This role is responsible for developing, implementing, and sustaining strategic sourcing plans and strategies that are directly supportive of global strategic sourcing business objectives and professional/ethical business practices. The ideal candidate will have extensive technical and sourcing experience in electromechanical medical devices working with component suppliers as well as external manufacturing partners. This Director will implement these agreed strategies, lead negotiations and supplier relationship management as well as the deployment of other key programs for the electronics & EMS categories.

Partner with the Senior Director Strategic Sourcing and other functions to ensure Supply Risk Mitigation programs are in place to ensure continuous supply assurance. Provide regular updates to West leadership on the macro and industries/products/applications driving market changes for the relevant categories.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop strategic sourcing strategies which align the long-term goals of the business. Identify and assess supplier risks and clearly present proposals to mitigate risks collaboratively, ensuring sustained product supply-quality-compliance.
  • Perform supplier relationship management to ensure continuous improvement and innovation, best in class pricing, product and service quality, continuity of goods and services, and alignment with internal stakeholders and company strategies. Build strong relationships with key decision makers for all strategic suppliers within the allocated responsibility.
  • Develop and maintain supplier network with key and potential to support the changing requirements of the business.
  • Lead competitive bid processes including RFI’s, RFP’s and negotiations for components and EMS services to provide increased value to the business.
  • Provide proactive management of critical issues with suppliers. Inform and coordinate communication with with key stakeholders on major supplier issues with recommendations for resolution.
  • Build and keep up a trustful and collaborative relationships with cross functional peers. Align cross functional targets as to balance resources.
  • Lead supplier specific cost improvement programs yielding at least yearly cost reduction targets.
  • Conform with and abide by all regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Lead all other ad hoc analysis and projects as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or related technical degree required             
  • Master's Degree MBA preferred


Work Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years (Dir) Progressive business experience in sourcing / supplier / category management or related functions.  Technical knowledge of electronic component required     
  • Medical Device manufacturing experience preferred       


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Support and contribute to Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target
  • Able to always comply with the company’s safety policy.
  • Able to always comply with the company’s quality policy.
  • Broad supplier and contract management experience.
  • Ability to work with senior leadership teams at manufacturing sites and global headquarters.
  • Excellent influencing, change management, and negotiation skills.
  • Present and advocate sourcing cases to a variety of audiences with self-confidence.
  • Ability to respectfully communicate to and challenge senior leadership.
  • Openness for new initiatives, fast learner, proactive.
  • Track record of leading teams and building effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Excellent presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Results orientation.
  • Excellent analytical capabilities.
  • Self-starter and strong motivator of cross functional teams.
  • Good working knowledge of SAP.


Licenses and Certifications:

  • CPM - Certification By The Institute For Supply Management preferred           


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time.


Physical Requirements:

  • Sedentary exerting up to 10lbs/4kgs of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to life, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.










West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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