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Procurement Manager - Legal Services & Patents

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Wilmington, Delaware, United States Job ID R-068711 Date posted 12/17/2019

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The legal industry is at an inflection point, where digital, AI and automation is disrupting and transforming the way the legal services have historically been supplied to clients. The role has the opportunity to craft a fresh approach to the category with a focus on driving innovative commercial deals, supplier collaboration and innovation, a digitalized supplier landscape as well as creating a stronger relationship between the Procurement and Legal functions.

This role will be responsible for leading all of the global procurement interactions with AstraZeneca’s inhouse Legal function. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the interactions with the Legal Senior Management team and form close working relationships with key senior members of the Global Legal function, across Legal Operations, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Corporate Legal & our International Markets.

Additional Details:

This is a critical role in ensuring we are maximizing value when engaging with our legal service providers in a progressive way. In this role, you will be responsible for establishing and evaluating pricing proposals for legal engagements, monitoring and managing our legal spend effectively, analyzing our billing data to inform decision-making, and leveraging data and analytics to enable data-driven decisions.


  • Overall accountability for Procurement of legal services for AstraZeneca.
  • Responsible for creating and embedding the legal category strategy.
  • Lead the management of RFPs (Requests for Proposals).
  • Optimize our outside counsel portfolio, determining where and when preferred providers or convergence might make sense.
  • Assess rate increases and matter spend amongst our portfolio of firms and compare to market as appropriate. Develop creative strategies and analyses to promote smart legal spend through appropriate fee arrangements.
  • Run budget versus actual analyses on historical matters to inform pricing and strategy on current matters and improve future budget adherence.
  • Drive fee-related communications and negotiations with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinates the introduction of new and modified products and services with appropriate departments
  • Analyses and resolves issues raised in procurement audit reports
  • Advises on contracts and agreements for the supply of complex products and services with new and existing suppliers
  • Develops, evaluates or manages internal and external relationships with suppliers, Category Teams and other cross-functional teams
  • Indirectly leads a Procurement team, establishing and communicating strategic direction, providing business context, coaching and direction to enable the team to meet its performance targets


Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • 5-7 years applicable procurement, Legal Operations, or law firm pricing experience
  • Bachelor's Degree required, advanced degree (such as an MBA, MS, JD) a plus
  • Pharmaceutical Procurement or law firm experience a definite plus but not required
  • Demonstrated leadership / management and business partnership skills
  • Strong communication, cross functional collaboration and influencing skills
  • Exceptional track record driving procurement's value proposition
  • Supplier Relationship Management and Development experience
  • Ability to leverage a range of influencing techniques
  • Proven ability to manage change
  • Strong analytical and financial skills
  • Ability to work in highly complex and fluid environment

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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