Collins McNicholas

Purpose of Job: 

Responsible for the commercial and tactical operational management of contract manufacturing partners and finished goods suppliers to ensure product availability and stability of economics.


  • Ensure product availability from manufacturing partners to meet the business needs.
  • Manage and partner with suppliers to develop business relationships that deliver effective operational control to agreed service levels.
  • Manages and negotiates contractual terms 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 control and timeline compliance.
  • Liaise with suppliers to ensure stability of the supply chain, develop and implement risk management processes to ensure no risk of supply.
  • Responsible for negotiating and establishing contractual terms for assigned partners 
  • Manage supplier pricing reviews and COGS reduction projects to drive reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Works with suppliers to reduce lead times and increase overall supply chain agility.
  • Engage with Franchise team to support strategic projects including RFP/RFQ process for new and existing business programs with 3rd party suppliers.
  • Engage and develop continuous supply chain improvement practices.
  • Conducts supplier landscaping activities, develops selection criteria to support new supplier identification and evaluation.
  • Establishes supplier benchmarking processes and contributes to business reviews.
  • Engages with key stakeholders to ensure timely delivery of business projects.
  • Participates and engages in Make Buy reviews and decisions.
  • Will comply with all relevant training required and adhere to relevant associated documentation.
  • Follow strict adherence to the requirements of cGMP.
  • Actively contribute to the enhancement of compliance initiatives for areas of responsibility
  • Education:
  • Bachelors Degree in Business, Procurement, Supply Chain Management or related discipline
  • Experience:
  • Minimum 7 years experience in a 3rd party supply chain management environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and developing supplier relationships including contract negotiation.
  • Skills:
  • Management of annualized standard cost settings, pricing, and cost out programs.
  • High understanding of Compliance requirements and GMP including validation requirements and Regulatory expectations.
  • Working knowledge of Quality Systems (FDA/ISO) within a regulated environment.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings/specifications/familiarity with 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. 
  • For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Gillian Nicholson on 090 64 78104 or email

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