Supply Chain & Logistics JobsSupplier Program Manager

  • AJ48879
  • Permanent
  • Westmeath

Collins McNicholas

Purpose of job:

Responsible the commercial and tactical operational management of contract manufacturing partner(s) & finished goods suppliers to ensure product availability and stability of economics to the business.

Major Duties and Primary Responsibilities:


  • Ensure product availability from manufacturing partners to meet the business need.


  • Manage & partner with suppliers to develop business relationships that deliver effective operational control to agreed service levels.


  • Manages and negotiates contractual relationships as necessary with suppliers to assure long term stability of supply and cost-effectiveness


  • Plan support and implement projects with suppliers and key internal partner organizations to drive effective supply, cost structures and control.



Detailed responsibilities:


  • Liaise with suppliers to ensure that the supply chain is as stable as possible, develop & implement risk management processes  to ensure no risk of supply
  • Responsible for negotiating and establishing contractual relationships for assigned partners to ensure business needs are met.
  • Works with suppliers to reduce costs, lead times and increase overall agility within the supply chain.
  • Engage with the Franchise team to support strategic projects including RFP/RFQ process for new and existing business programs with 3rd party suppliers
  • Ensure suppliers achieve  98.5% weekly product availability through ongoing management of the supply base, risk assessments, MSAs  and periodic business reviews with suppliers
  • Engage & develop continuous supply chain improvement practices to support the continued focus on delivering improved value and service levels.
  • Engage & drive continuous improvement programs and projects that deliver ‘best in class’ value and service levels with partner organizations.
  • Conducts supplier identification, evaluation and selection activities to support new product/manufacturing needs and ensure qualified sources of supply are selected Drive product cost reduction and continuous improvement initiatives with suppliers.
  • Contributes to business reviews with key suppliers to drive and improve supplier performance
  • Manage costs reviews, supplier pricing reviews & risk management processes as needed.
  • Works with other key stakeholders within the company [Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality, Finance, Franchise team, Regulatory, etc] to deliver business projects & strategic business programs.
  • Review a drive Total Cost of ownership (TCO) opportunities and service improvement strategies.
  • Participates and engages in key Make buy reviews & decisions.
  • Conducts supplier identification, evaluation and selection activities to support manufacturing & product supply needs and ensuring adherence to corporate compliance and legal requirements.

– Educational / Experience requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Business, Procurement, Supply Chain Management or related discipline.
  • Minimum 7 years experience in a Contract manufacturing or 3rd party supply chain management environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing & developing supplier relationships including contract negotiation, establishing and developing supplier relationships & management strategies. Contracts.
  • Management of annualized standard cost settings, pricing, & cost out programs
  • High understanding of GMP, Compliance, Validation Practices including the system development life cycle and Regulatory expectations.
  • Working knowledge of Quality Systems (FDA/ISO) within a regulated environment.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings/specifications/Familiarity contract terms and conditions, statements of work.
  • Competent user of MS Office tools [ Access, Excel, Project, Word, Powerpoint.
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills
  • Strong leadership, decision-making & problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of Oracle ERP /ASCP system  or similar database system and Business Objects software program


Additional competencies/requirements.


  • Flexibility around with working hours and travel
  • Motivated self-starter with confidence to managing a 3rd party supplier is essential
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement multiple concurrent tasks
  • Sense of urgency, Experience in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment.
  • Effective change management capability

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