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Strategic Sourcing Manager, Indirect - Europe

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Job Description

The Opportunity:

Avantor®, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the biopharma, healthcare, education & government, and advanced technologies & applied materials industries.

We are currently looking for a Strategic Sourcing Manager, Indirect spend to join our European team. Role is responsible for developing sourcing strategies, executing on sourcing initiatives, and managing sourcing activities focused on Indirect Spend categories in strategy alignment with & internal key stakeholders.

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What we’re looking for

  • Minimum of 10 years of total related experience required.
  • Minimum of five 5 years of related indirect procurement, operational, or commercial experience in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries
  • Experience with matrixed global project responsibility preferred. SAP experience preferred.
  • BS/BA Degree required; master’s degree in engineering/finance preferred.
  • Certification in Supply chain analytics advanced courses will be an added advantage.
  • Fluent English language communication capabilities


  • Indirect Materials and Services category management, European or Global, as assigned.
  • Accountable for approx. $20-30 mil. spend p.a.
  • Productivity improvement and $ savings 5-10% p.a.

How you will thrive and create an impact

  • Develops and presents sourcing strategies to reduce indirect category cost and supply risk
  • Leverages market intelligence and analyses to identify opportunities and risks, including but not limited to spend analysis, strategy development, contract coverage analysis, etc.
  • Collaborates with internal key stakeholders that indirect sourcing supports to ensure alignment on sourcing strategies, and that relevant market intelligence is shared
  • Develops and maintains a rolling 36 month sourcing strategy and project roadmap, identifying savings estimates, estimated timing of savings, and execution plans
  • Drives execution of category sourcing strategies (e.g., RFI/RFQ, supplier qualification, auction rounds, negotiation), coordinating with legal, key internal stakeholders, and others as required.
  • Maintains relationships with key vendors, and helps address vendor related issues (e.g., pricing issues, performance issues, etc.)
  • Monitors categories spend to ensure sourcing savings are captured and do not erode over time Conducts regular project execution reviews with Leaders, indirect Sourcing, and the respective business/functional leaders Responds to category sourcing requests in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Negotiates contracts in line with corporate guidelines
  • Supports the budget process by providing expectations for indirect material price inflation or deflation Commercial responsibility for a subset of Global CAPEX Spend.
  • Analyzes spend data, Explore & identify potential cost savings opportunities, develop those programs & playing key role in driving those programs by Partnering with Global indirect Procurement leadership team.

Capabilities / Success factors:

  • Stakeholder management skills
  • Can-do mindset, creative, “solution, not problem” focused
  • Proactively identifies productivity projects and drives to succeed, results oriented
  • Project management capabilities
  • Well structured, self-managed, clear priority management skill set
  • Technical ability to extract essential information out of complex projects
  • Business development mindset
  • Spend control and spend productivity execution skills
  • Proactive communication skills
  • History of managing & executing complex projects in a matrix company
  • High level of inter-personnel relationship management skills
  • Ability to successfully work in an ambiguous environment
  • Strategic mindset and ability to execute hands-on
  • Demonstrated strong negotiation skills
  • Proven contracting and contract management skills
  • Efficient, eliminating waste and mitigating gaps, Lean/Six Sigma approach
  • Bring the best practices
  • Willing to learn and develop
  • Able to organize own activities and tasks, skilled in time management
  • Multi-tasking experience and flexibility to address immediate priorities and still manage deadlines with longer-term projects and strategic initiatives.
  • Team leader & player capabilities
  • Must be able to work remotely as the work environment is preferably home office
  • Willingness to travel internationally as required
  • Comfortable with Avantor values


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Why Avantor?

Dare to go further in your career. Join our global team of 14,000+ associates whose passion for discovery and determination to overcome challenges relentlessly advances life-changing science.

The work we do changes people's lives for the better. It brings new patient treatments and therapies to market, giving a cancer survivor the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle. It enables medical devices that help a little boy hear his mom's voice for the first time. Outcomes such as these create unlimited opportunities for you to contribute your talents, learn new skills and grow your career at Avantor.

We are committed to helping you on this journey through our diverse, equitable and inclusive culture which includes learning experiences to support your career growth and success. At Avantor, dare to go further and see how the impact of your contributions set science in motion to create a better world. Apply today!

EEO Statement:

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer and VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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Advice from our career coach

To stand out as an applicant for the Strategic Sourcing Manager, Indirect spend role at Avantor, you should highlight your experience and qualifications relevant to procurement, negotiation, and project management. Here are some specific tips to help you stand out:

  • Highlight at least 10 years of related experience, with a minimum of 5 years in indirect procurement in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries.
  • Emphasize any experience with matrixed global project responsibility and SAP.
  • Showcase your ability to develop and present sourcing strategies and your track record in driving savings initiatives.
  • Demonstrate your stakeholder management skills and ability to negotiate contracts effectively.
  • Highlight any certifications in advanced supply chain analytics courses or related fields.
  • Emphasize your ability to work remotely, willingness to travel internationally, and alignment with Avantor's values.

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May 18, 2024


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