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Procurement Lead Clinical Development (f/m/d)

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Global Operations & Production
Job ID:  44135


Our people in Manufacturing & Global Operations share two priorities: getting things done and making things better. If you’re a dynamic person with a positive mindset, you’ll fit in well here. It’s an international team with a powerful spirit of collaboration. Together, we make sure our products meet the highest standards of quality by constantly searching for ways to improve at every stage of our value chain – from the raw materials we buy through to the logistics network that brings our medicines to patients. Join our team and help us make an even bigger contribution to Grünenthal’s future.


What the job looks like
Each day you’ll enjoy a variety of challenges, such as:

  • Act as trusted business partner for global stakeholders up to executive level, act in this role primarily for clinical trial services and support all other categories in the R&D Development area (e.g. Reg. Affairs, Drug Safety, CMC, CTS, Data Science, etc.)
  • Gain and deliver on a comprehensive understanding of stakeholder functional goals and business strategy
  • Own, manage and deliver on full procurement value agenda for area of responsibility incl. ROI based sourcing, sustainability and ESG, supplier resilience and innovation
  • Define sourcing strategies and ensure execution aligned with business stakeholders, lead the creation of savings pipeline and lead implementation of initiatives, deliver on savings ambition
  • Manage key strategic supplier relationships (SRM)
  • Give guidance to sourcing managers mainly about tactical sourcing activities, build and engage the procurement network, still execute the key & priority sourcing activities 
  • Manage larger / key tenders and conduct negotiations with key suppliers
  • Drive and implement excellence in R&D Development procurement, based on fundamental knowledge of trends and drivers in R&D sourcing markets, supplier cost structures, knowledge of state-of-the-art procurement tools and processes, etc.
  • Contribute on procurement change and continuous improvement initiatives


What you’ll bring to the table
To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • University Degree and relevant practical experience in comparable role or as category manager for clinical trial sourcing in a state-of-the-art procurement organization
  • Experience in categories close to clinical trials (e.g. Regulatory Affairs, CMC, CTS, Drug Safety, Medical Writing, Biosampling, Data Science) is considered  a strong advantage
  • Strategic and practical expertise in procurement processes
  • Experienced in managing and conducting larger scale negotiations (around €100m contracts)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, pro-activity, takes ownership
  • Being able to influence, persuade and orchestrate internal and external stakeholder / teams without formal line management
  • Excellent story telling, communication and presentation skills
  • Very good analytical skills
  • Fluent in English, German speaking is of considered beneficial


 "If you want to join a motivated and fun team, always thriving to realize the best for our patients, our stakeholders and our company, let me know and join us in an exciting senior position of high visibility and importance. Together we will create a world free of pain."

Thorsten Fallisch, the Hiring Manager

About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, fully-integrated pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focusing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 27 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in approx. 100 countries. In 2023, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of € 1.8 bn.

Your HR contact: 
Sarah Schäfer

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