Novartis Pharmaceuticals Fort Worth , TX 76102
The Global Category Director plans and leads the category across the worldwide Manufacturing Technology Organization (MTO) and office locations. The task is to provide enterprise wide category strategies that align with the vision, initiatives, and strategic plan of Alcon and its respective franchises.
The Global Category Director will have overall responsibility and accountability for the category and P&L impact. The GCD could also be responsible for management of personnel, including but not limited to, hiring, objective management, development plans, and succession plans. The purpose is to ensure a best-in-class support for all business operations , to realize year-on-year improvements in assurance of supply, service levels, quality, cost, compliance, and innovation in close collaboration with the customers in the business and other supplier/contractor managing entities.
The position consists of two major types of accountability: 1. Strategic level:
Ensure a category strategy is in place & adapted according to the needs of the MTO organization & wider business in all Alcon business units. 2. Project level: Support MTO project teams in the identification, negotiation, evaluation, contracting & supplier relationship management of suppliers in a high-quality, timely and cost-effective manner.
Strategic Level Define and adapt a Global category strategy in alignment with executive stakeholders in the business, across all Alcon business units. Seek input from and align with other supply side functions and/or local sourcing organizations.
Align category strategy along the product lifecycle with the TechOps category strategies. Manage the relationship with key stakeholders in the business to maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction and to ensure the category strategy is aligned and understood. Analyze, identify, evaluate, negotiate, select, contract, and develop a supply base which meets the line functions' need for timely and quality supply of goods and services for the assigned category.
Collate the regional sourcing strategies from the Regional or Global category mangers into an overall Global Category Strategy. Ensure regional and subcategory strategies are aligned with the global strategy and applicable Alcon business objectives. The GCL is responsible for effective execution of the strategy.
Create full spend transparency (spend baselines, KPIs and metrics) Manage key supplier relationships through appropriate programs (e.g. alliance management, supplier relationship management) to enable innovation continuous improvement and cost containment. Develop, align and implement innovative cost savings and productivity initiatives for the assigned category.
Project Level Ensure support to the project leaders and cross-functional teams in the selection and management of suppliers and service providers on a project to project basis and link these decisions with the overall global category strategies. Lead complex negotiations and support the business with contracting (negotiation and implementation of agreements) within assigned category in compliance.
Serve as an escalation point for procurement related topics for the project teams and the suppliers. Participate in project prioritization and budgeting at the executive level, communicating and aligning R&D pipeline.