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Lead Buyer (Operational Procurement)

Country:  Portugal
City:  Lisbon
Department:  Global Operations & Production
Job ID:  44175


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:


  • Provide direct support & guidance to Procurement Center Buyers ensuring an efficient, standardized, and automated execution of the Purchase -to-Pay (P2P) process, while increasing efficiency, standardization & automation;
  • This role involves developing strong relationships with key stakeholders globally, acting as the primary contact for issue resolution and initial escalations;
  • Oversee  timely and accurate processing of P2P Purchasing activities such as quality-check on purchase requests (PR), purchase order generation, purchase order monitoring, and tracking of goods and services;
  • Resolve open issues with Procurement Center Buyers and clarify complex situations with sourcing areas and other departments;
  • Coordinate and actively participate in training sessions with stakeholders and suppliers to increase process adherence;
  • Develop long-term relationships with relevant business partners, finance, and the procurement community;
  • Lead and implement assigned projects and initiatives;
  • Suggest team member participation in specific projects and improvement initiatives in alignment with the P2I Head;
  • Distribute and coordinate activities for the team during holidays and vacations. Act as a backup for Procurement Center Buyers when needed;
  • Together with the P2I Head, monitor team performance and report on metrics;
  • Support the implementation of the P2P process and technological tools such as Jaggaer and Basware.


What you'll bring to the table:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, or a related field;
  • Relevant practical experience with at least 3 years in a comparable role in a state-of-the-art procurement organization;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in procurement,  supply chain , preferably with  focus on P2P processes;
  • In-depth understanding of P2P processes and best practices. Familiarity with global procurement practices (tools such as Jaggaer and Basware is a plus);
  • Optional: Experience in cross-functional projects;
  • Advance level of English (Required);
  • Medium level of Spanish (Required);
  • Additional languages like German, Italian or French are desired;
  • SAP-MM PUR  experience;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders at all levels. Excellent problem-solving abilities and attention to detail.


Lorena Cevallos Zhegulova, 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:
Sara Marques

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