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Supplier Quality Strategy & Governance Manager

Country:  Portugal
City:  Lisbon
Department:  Global Operations & Production
Job ID:  43655


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:


  • Oversight about the Global Supplier Network of CMOs, API, Excipients, Key Starting Materials, MD, Contract Laboratories, Packaging suppliers and GMP relevant service providers;
  • Set, deploy and maintain the Supplier Quality Strategy & Governance framework of ESQ;
  • Maintain a risk based/cost efficient strategic audit management program. Planning, scheduling, budgeting and  following audit execution and reporting;
  • Overall responsibility of Supplier Performance Management Programs. Gain quality oversight by monitoring, reporting and escalating supplier performance results and assessing supplier compliance risk;
  • Development, implementation and management of a Supplier Development, Intelligence and Communication Program;  
  • Standardization and further development of processes and policies regarding supplier quality management activities. Ensuring compliance with external and internal regulations and procedures;
  • Ensures that suppliers continue to develop and implement best practices that emphasize prevention and provide continuous improvements to meet quality standards; 
  • Participation in cross-functional supplier relationship management initiatives and forums;
  • Plan, prepare and conduct external suppliers on-site, remote and postal audits for ensuring consistent high quality of the pharmaceutical goods and services to be purchased;
  • Strategic pharma industry oversight in order to maintain and incorporate best in class supplier quality management practices.  


What you'll bring to the table:


  • At least 5 years broad experience in Pharmaceutical and/or Medical Device Industry. The operational experience should include QA/QC, production or other relevant experience in a pharmaceutical environment;
  • University degree, preferably in Chemistry, Pharmacy, or Engineering and have gained experience in at least 2 of the following topics: Non-Sterile APIs – Excipients –Non-sterile Finished Drug Forms – Contract packaging organisations - Chemical substances - Medical Devices –Packaging Materials – Warehouses – Services;
  • Project Management skills and a well-structured approach of organizing processes;
  • Speak and write fluent English;
  • Proven experience in Operational Excellence initiatives (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt preferably);
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, communication, negotiation and persuasion, used in obtaining cooperation and consensus with stakeholders and suppliers;
  • Excellent quality, compliance, leadership, decision making and facilitation skills;
  • Willingness to travel approx. 40% of the time.


Mora Parra Diego Mauricio, 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:
Sara Marques

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