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Category Manager

  • Location: County Westmeath
  • Job Type:Permanent

Based with a leading Life Sciences Company in Westmeath, the Category Manager will be responsible for the commercial and tactical operational management of contract manufacturing partner(s) and finished goods suppliers to ensure product availability and stability of economics of the organisation.

This is a hybrid role that will require some presence in the office, from time to time.


  • Manages and partners with suppliers to develop business relationships that deliver effective operational control to agreed performance levels (service, cost, quality and working capital) via contractual agreements, periodic business reviews and scorecards.

  • Identifies, leads & implements solutions to complex and multi-faceted situations regarding dual-sourcing, negotiation, category strategy, supplier management, and external sources of supply.

  • Engages with key affiliates within the organisation [Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality, Finance, Business team, Regulatory, etc.] to ensure timely issue resolution and completion of business projects.

  • Develops continuous supply chain improvement practices to support the continued focus on delivering improved value and performance levels (e.g. lead time reductions, increasing supply chain agility, capacity availability, cost reductions, risk assessments/risk mitigations, etc).

  • Engages and leads (as needed): RFP/RFQ process, contract negotiations, benchmarking activities, make vs buy reviews/decisions, total cost analysis, supply chain mapping, etc

  • Actively supports New Product Introduction initiatives, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and compliance projects.


  • Minimum 7 years experience in a third-party supply chain management environment.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing & developing supplier relationships including contract negotiation.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Procurement, Supply Chain Management or related discipline

  • Strong leadership, decision-making, problem-solving and negotiation skills to include, demonstrated success in resolving complex supply chain related issues with multiple stakeholders and win-win outcomes, when possible.

  • Experience in Sourcing, especially with managing contract manufacturers.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and team leader/member skills at all levels of the organization.

  • Working knowledge of Quality Systems (FDA/ISO) within a regulated environment and an ERP/ASCP system (SAP-preferred).

  • High understanding of Supply Chain Finance (strong Financial acumen), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), product validation requirements and Regulatory expectations.

  • Experience successfully collaborating with internal and external stakeholders on complex projects.

For more info contact Niamh Cregg