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EMEA Category Manager

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9 Apr 2024

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Full Time
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Senior Management

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EMEA Category Manager - Commercial / Indirect Spend Categories

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Procurement and Category Management? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

About AstraZenecaAstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focusses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.

Job roleThe role sits on the EMEA Regional Category Management team focused on Europe, Middle-East Africa and Eurasia, reporting to the Director of Category Management EMEA, engaging with the Global Category Management Team(s) for the categories under its responsibility and coordinating with the countries' Procurement Managers as well as the Business. It is sitting within AstraZeneca's category procurement network and will be ensuring strong and collaborative relationships are built and maintained to define the category strategies and lead the category plans' execution. This role will be focused on a set of commercial / indirect spend categories.

Typical accountabilities

  • Oversees implementation of category plans to ensure that the underpinning process improvement and procurement activities deliver the expected business value.
  • Collaborates closely with the Global Category Managers, Sub-regional Category Managers (for Middle East Africa and Eurasia), Country Procurement Managers as well as partners to deliver category strategy implementation.
  • Engages proactively with Director Category Management EMEA in the development of long-term strategic plans for agreed scope of spend area, including the delivery of savings objectives as well as broader value objectives.
  • Collaborates with the Global Category Managers and Director Category Management EMEA in strategic relationship management (customer and supplier) - to ensure that Category Strategies are highly aligned to current and future business needs and that the supply base can support these strategies.
  • Works alongside AstraZeneca's GPS organisation in Warsaw (Global Procurement Services) advising on and driving procurement strategies to make decisions necessary to purchase products and services in congruence with organisational objectives.
  • Coordinates the introduction of new and modified services with appropriate departments.
  • Analyses and resolves issues raised in procurement audit reports.
  • Advises on contracts and agreements for the supply of complex services with new and existing suppliers.
  • Develops, evaluates or manages internal and external relationships with suppliers and other cross-functional teams.

Essential experience

  • Degree level or equivalent qualifications
  • Significant experience in similar environment at a management level
  • Project management, change management and people management skills.
  • Technical expertise in at least one procurement area, and competence in several others
  • Communication skills and ability to influence others
  • Teamwork focused and relationship builder: Works well with others, across departments, levels and intercultural awareness.
  • Comfort with risk and ambiguous situations
  • Proficiency in Procurement and other business-related systems, e.g. ERP, Ariba, Jaggaer, Coupa


  • Extensive experience in project management
  • Experience in either a market-procurement role or a global or regional category management procurement role
  • Experience of working in a complex matrix organisation
  • Experience in the categories in scope (indirect / commercial categories)

So, what's next?At AstraZeneca, we're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There's no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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