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Procurement Manager - Newark, DE - Global Operations

Location Newark, Delaware, United States Job ID R-074877 Date posted 05/26/2020

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Procurement Managerin Newark, DE, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

The Procurement Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating sourcing and purchasing of materials and services.  Also responsible for exercising judgment in procurement duties in connection with assigned commodities and services using strategic purchasing techniques ensuring that the Company receives maximum value with respect to price, quality, and delivery, while following the Company’s Purchasing Policy and code of ethics.

Job Responsibilities:


  • You will negotiate contracts for the procurement of required direct materials and services from approved suppliers. Establish strategies to improve supply chain, solve shortage issues and strengthen supplier relationships
  • You will work with Global Strategic Sourcing, other divisions, sister sites, and local personnel to identify improvement opportunities in cost, quality, material, and service.
  • You will maintain good working relationships with vendors and potential suppliers with respect to developing and improving sources of supply considering reliability, quality, and price. Serve as the primary linkage between suppliers and users and facilitates issue resolution and joint process improvement activities.
  • You will develop a relationship with site customers to ensure Procurement is involved at an early stage to influence the buying decision and optimize negotiating leverage.
  • You will monitor and ensure compliance with corporate contracts, preferred vendor usage, and the AZ Corporate Purchasing Policy.
  • You will proactively identify financial and/or operational risks and opportunities associated with category purchases. Incorporate knowledge or industry trends, technology, and sourcing strategies (i.e. leveraging, supplier partnership, reverse auctions, tandem ordering) to optimize total value to AZ.
  • You will challenge existing sourcing conventions and develops alternative sources and sourcing procedures to reduce costs and improve the performance of the Supply Chain
  • You will continuously review the performance of vendors with regard to quality, delivery and price.
  • You will perform other duties as assigned to support Supply Chain and Procurement.
  • You will develop written procedures for routine job responsibilities and keep them current.
  • You will perform other duties as assigned to support Customer Relationship + Procurement.


  • You will execute work in compliance with GMPs, site policies, work instructions, and standard operating procedures (SOPs). You will immediately report issues that could affect delivery of products to customers.


  • You will maintain a safe work environment by following all Health and Safety policies and procedures; immediately report potential unsafe conditions to supervision. You will use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as necessary.



  • BS or BA degree in Business, Finance, or a related field with knowledge of procurement and/or supply chain concepts required.


  • Knowledge and understanding of business processes and their interrelationships with procurement methodologies and Customer Relationships.
  • Strong project management skills required to gain commitment and mobilize others within the department and cross-functionally, to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrates strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.  Able to manage multiple priorities and use sound business judgment for decision making.
  • Demonstrates strong negotiation skills.  Develops a fact-based strategy; can respond appropriately to unanticipated situations.
  • Proficiency in standard software applications e.g. SAP, MRP system, Ariba, Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of financial principles, budgeting processes, and fundamental drivers of sales and profits.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced team environment and adapt to changing business needs. 

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

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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