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Title:  Procurement Manager

Requisition ID:  54681
Date:  Mar 18, 2023

Waterford, Munster, 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.




Position Summary: 

Being responsible and accountable for the procurement for the West facility in Waterford, including supplier 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.

Developing, implementing and sustaining procurement plans and strategies for Waterford 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.




  • Accountability for seamless, smooth provision of the goods and services supply of the West facility in Waterford.
  • Fully understand and have a deep knowledge of the regional landscape of the supply market for goods and services in terms of supplier base, technologies, competitive environment, market trends and cost drivers. 
  • Find and implement strategic sourcing solutions previously unknown to West, or previously known but not actioned.
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers. Fully understand and negotiate the structure and terms of common contracts and business models in the Irish region.
  • Identify and assess risks and benefits of sourcing decisions and clearly present proposals to mitigate risks collaboratively, ensuring sustained product supply-quality-compliance.
  • Act as first escalation point if problems with suppliers arise. Coordinate resolution of supplier performance issues.
  • Contribute to the annual budget process by providing reliable cost estimates and realistic forecasts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned based on business needs.
  • Conform with and abide by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instructions, and all safety rules.
  • Ensure adequate protection of confidential information and documentation. Restrict access to confidential information. Ensure that key operational and essential documentation files are properly stored. 


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Business or Technical curriculum, or non-academic bachelor of business administration.
  • Experience: 6-10 years of progressive business experience in sourcing/supplier/category management or related functions.



  • Supplier and contract management experience.
  • 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.
  • Strong analytical capabilities.
  • Self-starter and independent worker.
  • Proficiency in English.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a Business or Technical curriculum, or equivalent.
  • 11+ 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.
  • Ability to perform under pressure.
  • Experience in managing cross-functional projects.
  • Experience in SAP (MM) and MS Office.
  • Proficiency in one additional language.
  • Direct/Indirect Reports:  Purchasing Specialist x 1.


Travel Requirement 

  • Travel time is expected to be less than 10%.







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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