Sr. Category Manager Direct Sourcing & Proc.


Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20879

Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

This role will be Part of the forming Direct sourcing team and responsible for strategic sourcing for assigned categories to drive on time supply, right quality, cost savings and ensure best value purchasing decisions.


Lead the Global Packaging Category, manage negotiation to drive YOY savings, sourcing processes and selection, contracting, delivery, quality and cost performance, as well as the overall relationship management between Company and the respective supplier base. 
Lead R&D sourcing for the Device BU, support all development programs, including sourcing of API, PKG and relevant components for the devices’ development up to commercialization.


A successful candidate will be expected to lead a sourcing category cross all sites and multiple internal customers, drive strategy and manage supplier relationship, 
This role will require a self-motivated, hands-on, positive thinker that enjoys a constantly changing and dynamic work environment. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD. 


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Manage the Global Packaging Category, set global strategy, risk mitigation, preferred supplier list and drive YOY cost saving.
  • Work closely with the Sites’ Sourcing Managers for drive a cohesive strategy. 
  • Lead supplier management activities, negotiation, sourcing, contracting, delivery, quality and cost performance, as well as the overall relationship management between Company and the respective supplier base.
  • Manage R&D sourcing for the Device BU. Support all development programs, including sourcing of API, PKG and relevant components for the devices.
  • Manage development agreements and secure future support (including CMO when needed)
  • Aligned R&D new materials with Emergent commercial strategy, while selecting suppliers with the relevant quality, capacity, price and availability. 
  • The role will focus on holistic value creation, blending a need for outstanding business partnering alongside category and supplier management excellence. The role has broad responsibility for ensuring that the category strategy and delivery reflect the broader business requirements of the organization and the internal customers. 
  • Responsible for the achievement of established KPI's and goals for materials category
  • Builds effective and collaborative relationships with vendors and employees on all levels
  • Deliver sustainable business value including supply assurance, risk mitigation, cost, quality and service levels with business partners
  • Lead internal process across Emergent for early purchasing involvement through supplier sourcing, selection process including capabilities assessment, technical evaluation and cost/price analysis
  • Provide leadership and guidance to analyze supplier's operations to determine factors that affect prices and determine lowest cost consistent with quality and delivery requirements
  • Globally Negotiate with our suppliers, for competitive price, and sign long term supply agreement when suitable. Actively pursue Cost Reduction opportunities in accordance with overall Emergent global sourcing strategies and deliver the yearly savings targets.
  • Execute industry-standard sourcing strategist/processes, tools and measurements in conjunction with Legal and Finance.

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. 


  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Science, Eng. or related field required.
  • MBA preferred.
  • 7 years of Direct Sourcing and category management within the Pharma or related industry. 
  • Manage global Packaging and/or API category is preferred 
  • R&D sourcing experience including Devices is preferred. 
  • Global contract negotiations and YOY cost savings.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully working in a matrixed environment


Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
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