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Title:  Snr Procurement Specialist

Requisition ID:  56281
Date:  Nov 24, 2022

Dublin, Leinster, IE

Department:  Procurement



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Fixed Term Contract: 9-12 months



Responsible and accountable for the Direct / Indirect categories, as assigned by the Procurement Manager, for the West facility in Dublin, including category management supplier selection, contract negotiation and purchase order management, using best Procurement practices. Support stakeholder/ site /customer projects & requirements for materials/goods and services, in a timely manner, at the most competitive cost, in compliance with West global supplier management strategy and the policies and procedures of West. Developing, implementing and leading on procurement initiatives for the Dublin site that are directly in support of global Procurement business objectives, global and site KPIs and professional/ethical business practices. Act as single point of contact for supplier communications, issue resolution and risk mitigation.



  • Act as subject matter expert on West Procurement Policy in support of West sites in Dublin.
  • Apply knowledge of the supplier market for materials/goods and services in terms of current technologies, competitive environment, market trends and global cost drivers.
  • Guide and support the Plant Procurement team, stakeholders and business units on global procurement processes
  • Identify and execute on Procurement initiatives to deliver optimal efficiencies to site, including but not limited to, total cost of ownership, consolidation of supply base and alternate supply solutions.
  • Provide proactive supplier relationship management of critical issues with suppliers. For direct materials, inform and coordinate communication with the Supply Chain Manager on major supplier issues with recommendations for resolution.
  • Identify opportunities for alternate / new sources of supply for site / global qualification and strategic benefit to West. Look to invite and engage SME & Diverse suppliers as well as large enterprises on an equal opportunity basis
  • Act with fairness and integrity in all Supplier interactions.
  • Recommend training and skills building programs for all Plant Procurement team members.
  • Directly and through the team, negotiate contracts with suppliers. Fully understand the structure and terms of West standard contracts.
  • Identify and assess risks and benefits of sourcing decisions and clearly present proposals to mitigate risks collaboratively, ensuring sustained product supply-quality-compliance.
  • Directly and through the team, act as escalation point on supplier issues. Coordinate communication and resolution of supplier performance issues in collaboration with site SMEs.
  • Contribute to the annual budget process by providing best cost estimates and collaborate with supply chain and finance on forecast and spend assumptions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned based on business needs.
  • Conform with and abide by all West regulations, policies, work procedures, instructions, and safety rules.
  • Ensure adequate protection of confidential information and documentation as per West policy.


The job descriptions reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all of the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.


Basic Qualifications:

College degree and/or Supply Chain / Procurement professional certifications.

6-10 years of progressive business experience in sourcing/supplier/category management or related functions.



  • Supplier and contract management experience.
  • Good 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 plant management team.
  • Openness for new initiatives, fast learner, proactive.
  • Ability to lead teams and build effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Good presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Results orientation.
  • Good analytical capabilities.
  • Self-starter and independent worker.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Experience in SAP and MS Office

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a Business or Technical curriculum, or Professional certification in Procurement or Supply Chain.


6-10 years of progressive business experience in sourcing/supplier/category management or related functions, preferably with chemical industry or pharmaceutical industry background.


  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, negotiation and project management skills.
  • Supply Chain or Procurement Certifications.
  • Highly skilled at Sourcing & Category Management
  • Ability to perform and deliver under pressure.
  • Success in delivering Procurement results within cross-functional teams /projects.

Direct/Indirect Reports:
0 direct report.

Physical & Travel Requirements:
Travel time is expected to be less than 10%



West Pharmaceutical Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.








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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