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Procurement Lead Development (m/f/d)

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Global Operations & Production
Job ID:  43547


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:

  • Acting as trusted business partner for global stakeholders up to executive level
  • Acting 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.) enabling strategy execution with your business partner acumen
  • Owning, managing and delivering on full procurement value agenda for area of responsibility incl. ROI based sourcing, sustainability and ESG, supplier resilience and innovation
  • Defining and driving sourcing strategies and sourcing execution in alignment with business stakeholders, leading the creation and delivery of savings pipeline based on defined initiatives
  • Having the oversight and understanding of your spend universe as well as managing key strategic supplier relationships (SRM)
  • Giving guidance to sourcing managers mainly about tactical sourcing activities, build and engage the procurement network
  • Managing larger / key tenders and conducting negotiations with key suppliers
  • Driving and implementing 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.
  • Contributing to change and continuous improvement initiatives in the Global Procurement context


What you´ll bring to the table

To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • A University Degree in relevant field
  • Relevant practical experience of 8+ years in a comparable role or as category manager for clinical trial sourcing
  • Experience in managing and conducting larger scale negotiations (around €100m contracts) as well as 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 as well as knowledge and/or experience of pre-clinical sourcing is a plus
  • Understanding of supply markets in R&D Development and experience in leading without formal line management (e.g. project teams)
  • Passion about continuous improvement with a track record on initiatives implemented, excellent strategic and analytical thinking as well as strong interpersonal understanding & communication skills
  • Excellent stakeholder management & networking skills and ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Fluent business English, German is considered beneficial



"We are a motivated (and fun) team to work with, always thriving to reach the best for our patients and our company - to create a world free of pain. If you want to be part of this, let me know and join us in an exciting senior position with high visibility and importance"

Fallisch Thorsten, 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 28 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in approx. 100 countries. In 2022, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of € 1.7 bn.

Your HR contact: 
Rita Hugo-Olbertz

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