Procurement Specialist

  • Tipperary
  • Temporary
  • JO-1902-64224_1549367326


Our Tipperary based multinational pharmaceutical client is looking for an experienced Procurement Specialist to join their team for a 7-month contract.


  • Work closely with internal customers for Direct and Indirect categories during tendering, negotiations, contracting and vendor management processes.
  • Identify and advise internal customers and supply management of commercial risks inherent in quotations and purchase orders.
  • Negotiate contracts with new and existing vendors, ensuring contract terms achieve benefit to the organisation and govern the long-term relationship with the supplier. Obtain internal concurrence. Ensure legal review approval is obtained in advance of any contract commitment.
  • Obtaining approval at EMEA/Global level for sourcing decisions being recommended under area/s of responsibility.
  • Support escalation of delivery related issues with suppliers.
  • Define and manage local supplier risk profiles.
  • Support the management of supplier's constraints and capacity related issues.
  • Prepare month end KPI reports, plans completed, savings identified & realised, evaluations completed. Actively lead in-group strategic sourcing initiatives, as directed by the Procurement Lead.
  • Support Material Cost Reduction, Freight cost reduction supplier lead time reduction and supplier partnership development.
  • Optimise supplier base to deliver improved quality and cost of service.
  • Develop plans for key local suppliers with application of appropriate sourcing strategy for spend category.
  • Ensure compliance with the Purchasing Policy and company guidelines.
  • Support continuous improvement culture


  • At least five years' experience in the Pharmaceutical industry or a similar operating environment including experience in procurement / commercial / contract management.
  • Knowledge and working experience in SAP is mandatory, and strong preference for experience in a SAP project implementation role.
  • Knowledge and experience in applying Lean methodologies
  • Demonstrated use of continuous improvement skills/tools.
  • Degree or 3rd level qualification (Technical, Manufacturing, Business).
  • Desirable evidence of Continuous Professional Development.
  • Desirable for Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
  • Teamwork and ability to prioritize
  • Good knowledge of MS Office systems Outlook, Excel-Proficiency on Excel Pivots, Charts, etc., Word, PowerPoint Presentations
  • Knowledge of modern supply chain systems including ERP, e-procurement.
  • Clear understanding of budgeting / forecasting.
  • Strong communication skills, (verbal and written).
  • Problem Solving Skills.

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