Senior Manager, R&D Procurement - Lab Asset & Services

Closing date
9 Jun 2022
Site Name: UK - Hertfordshire - Stevenage
Posted Date: May 9 2022

Job Title: Senior Manager, R&D Procurement - Lab Asset & Services

Job Purpose:

Accountable for all sourcing and contract management for the Analytical Services category, supporting the global analytical teams across R&D and QC laboratories. This will include the development and implementation of category strategies; the contracting for master/service/product agreements within the categories and identification of appropriate buying channels; the management of supplier relationships that fall outside of the enterprise SRM structure for this category and for ensuring the suppliers key to the category commit to deliver GSK's performance/quality/financial requirements.

Details (Your Responsibilities):

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following...
  • Complex sourcing and category management role in GSK
  • Key role in Strategy Development
  • Contract planning, negotiation, execution, interpretation, and maintenance; manages / monitors ongoing negotiations with 3rd parties
  • Will work across multiple countries requiring high cultural awareness
  • Champions the sourcing group management process and policies across functions and links these to GSK's strategic direction
  • Knows and utilises complex business processes in all GSK supplier transactions, including all risk/regulatory/compliance requirements
  • Implements and supports procurement strategies to maximise supplier leverage
  • Significant external supplier knowledge
  • Manage the end-to-end process to challenge sourcing approach and scope of the business requirements. Challenge and drive continuous improvements with in-house Vs third party Vs outsourcing approach.
  • Manage Analytical testing strategies and collaborate where there are synergies with other global procurement groups and/or categories Direct & Sites, Lab Services, Staffing, etc.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals...
  • Relevant experience in procurement supporting global analytical capabilities or other scientific services provisions
  • Proven negotiations and contract management skills.
  • English proficiency (written and oral)
  • Degree Educated
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use negotiation and conflict resolution skills to protect GSK rights and interests
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks across multiple projects using project management skills
  • Proven ability to provide effective procurement management in complex organizations using technical expertise and analytical skills
  • Ability to strategy for the procurement of Analytical testing services to ensure high quality of services and ensure GSK's competitive position
  • Contracting experience required, including a thorough understanding of contracting fundamentals and experience with contract planning, negotiation, execution, interpretation, and maintenance
  • Ability to collaborate with key stakeholders to deploy strategies globally/regionally, facilitated by robust implementation and transition plans
  • Generate value in terms of quality, delivery, and cost; contribute significantly to organization's goals and objectives
  • Experience delivering quality, compliant, timely, well-specified agreements to generate a clear return on investment for GSK.
  • Market knowledge of supplier capabilities (current and future) is required to acquire and maintain competitive advantage.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus...
  • Ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships
  • Master's degree
  • Ability to communicate in more than one language (written and oral)
  • Leadership/communication skills
  • Stakeholder management skills

Why GSK?

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Health, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we're making the biggest changes we've made to our business in over 20 years. We're on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands.

With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent and technology to get ahead of disease together - all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive.

Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients - so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact - with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing. So, if you're ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to discuss any adjustments to our process which might help you demonstrate your strengths and capabilities. You can either call us on 0808 234 4391, or send an email

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