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Title:  Manager, Procurement, St Petersburg

Requisition ID:  52640
Date:  Sep 23, 2022

St Petersburg, Florida, US

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.


Job Summary: In this role, you will lead Plant Procurement activities, directly and through the team, be responsible and accountable for the procurement activities, including supplier identification and selection, ordering, follow-up and process control, while ensuring that internal customer requirements for materials/goods and services are achieved in a timely manner at the lowest total cost and in direct conformance with the policies and procedures of West. Develop, implement, and sustain procurement plans and strategies for that are directly supportive of global procurement business objectives and professional/ethical business practices. Drive plant consistency of the globally harmonized procurement responsibilities and processes, while establishing and implementing best practices.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Have overall responsibility and accountability for seamless, smooth provision of the indirect goods and services within the West facilities.
  • Fully understand and have a deep knowledge of the local landscape of the supply market for goods and services in terms of supplier base, technologies, competitive environment, market trends and cost drivers.
  • Support the Plant Procurement team applying globally harmonized processes and execute sourcing Plant Procurement initiatives to deliver optimal total cost of ownership, consolidate supplier base and drive efficiency through the chosen solutions, together with a multitude of stakeholders at various levels. Provide proactive management of critical issues with suppliers. Inform and coordinate communication with functional leadership on major supplier issues with recommendations for resolution.
  • Identify and implement strategic sourcing solutions previously unknown to West, or previously known but not actioned.
  • Directly and through the team, negotiate contracts with suppliers. Fully understand and negotiate the structure and terms of common contracts and business models.
  • 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 first escalation point if problems with suppliers arise. Coordinate resolution of supplier performance issues.
  • Other duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Business or Technical curriculum, or non-academic Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in sourcing, supplier, category management, or related functions
  • Supplier and contract management experience
  • Experience in SAP (MM) and MS Office


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in a Business or Technical curriculum, or equivalent.
  • 10+ years of progressive business experience in sourcing, supplier selection, category management or related functions, preferably related to chemicals, equipment, or MRO within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Procurement Certifications
  • Proficiency in one additional language
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.
  • Ensure adequate protection of confidential information and documentation. Restrict access to confidential information. Ensure that key operational and essential documentation files are properly stored.

Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 15% of the time


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Strong 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.
  • Strong presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Results orientation and ability to manage cross-functional projects.
  • Strong analytical capabilities.
  • Self-starter and independent worker.







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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