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Global Category Manager - Engineering

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-119280 Date posted 17/09/2021

Global Category Manager – Engineering

Macclesfield, (Cheshire UK)


AstraZeneca relies on the design, construction and commissioning of new R&D and manufacturing facilities, in order to bring innovative new medicines to patients. These capital projects are typically fast track, technically demanding, often requiring novel manufacturing technologies. They are executed by AstraZeneca’s Global Engineering function, in conjunction with the Engineering Procurement team. We wish to appoint a new Procurement Manager in that Engineering Procurement team. The team manages spend of around USD 800m per year.


The successful applicant will be responsible for all procurement relating to these capital engineering projects. The main categories of spend are architecture and engineering, construction, other consultancy and services, and manufacturing equipment, and procurement activities shall be undertaken as part of a capital project team.

They will take full accountability for creation of project procurement strategies, and successful implementation of sourcing, tendering, negotiations and contracts.

The capital projects may be located in any country, so the successful candidate should be able to collaborate remotely with project teams in other locations (such as Sweden, France, China, US), as well as in the UK.


  • Leads procurement activities on capital projects, from the project outset

  • Works with project team members to assess project drivers, and external market conditions, to develop Project Procurement Strategies. These will include delivery models, such as Design Bid Build and Construction Management At Risk, and pricing models.

  • Creates detailed procurement plans for each project, and identifies which project team members shall be involved in which packages

  • Researches new vendors in the market

  • Manages prequalification of potential vendors, with respect to ethics, safety and financial stability

  • Shortlists vendors, in line with category strategies

  • Develops tender packages, and manages tenders, via AstraZeneca’s e-sourcing platform, in some cases with support from AstraZeneca’s procurement support services hub in Poland

  • Leads the assessment of tenders, by procurement and the project teams, and the post-tender vendor meetings and clarifications

  • Leads vendor negotiations on price, lead-times, and contract conditions

  • Prepares contracts, including all contract schedules, arranges contract approvals and signatures

  • Resolves vendor issues, such as performance, delivery expediting, payments

  • Leads multiple continuous improvement initiatives for the function, such as process development, template and contract improvements

  • Undertakes internal and external analysis to assist with internal forecasting, and inform supply market sourcing decisions

  • Reports cost savings via the AstraZeneca Value Tracking system

  • Complies with all AstraZeneca requirements relevant to the role, e.g. Code of Conduct, contract approvals, third party risk management


  • Previous procurement or project controls experience, in the capital project sector

  • Knowledge of construction contracts

  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification

  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects/tasks effectively

  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment

  • Strong analytical and financial skills


  • Professional procurement qualification

  • Experience with electronic tendering systems

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

Where can I find out more?

Closing date: 28th September

Competitive salary & benefits offered

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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