Regional Strategic Sourcing Manager

Location: Frankfurt  |  Hessen  |  Germany
Sector: Life Sciences
Consultant: Life Sciences Team
Job Reference: SC/HQ1010
Salary: £52700 - £52700
Job Status: Permanent / Full Time

Job Title: Regional Strategic Sourcing Manager, Clinical Trial Services 
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Reporting to: Head of Strategic Sourcing
Renumeration: 60k Euros
Contract Type: Full Time and Permanent
Remote Working: Yes- minimum 1 day a week in office

Job Profile

  • Work with the Head of strategic sourcing to devise and execute a regional sourcing strategy to support business growth
  • Manage key supplier relationships, look for exclusive supply opportunities, supply differentiators and support the project management function with all key enquiries

Key Responsibilities

Regional Sourcing Strategy

  • Work with Head of strategic sourcing to proactively identify key vendors, product classes and territories within the (EU, US or APAC) region to support divisional objectives
  • Improve vendor payment terms and identify synergies with other group companies to improve buying power
  • Improve key vendor performance through implementation and delivery of strategic objectives
  • Ensure Supply chain integrity at all times, maintaining as few links in the supply chain as possible and ensuring full traceability of products
  • Look for and close opportunities to develop exclusive supply relationships with manufacturers and wholesalers.
  • Differentiate CTS as the market leader by developing innovative and novel supply strategies. 
  • Conduct regular supplier gap analysis and execute a strategy to close gaps and improve our capabilities within Europe.

Vendor Management

  • Build and Manage relationships with key vendors to maximise opportunities and ensure the best pricing and terms possible is achieved
  • Measure supplier performance through the implementation of KPI’s
  • Arrange and attend periodical face to face visits with key suppliers through attendance of exhibitions and commercial meetings
  • Collaborate with QA to ensure key suppliers are periodically assessed on a risk analysis basis and audits/appraisals are scheduled accordingly
  • Manage any ongoing investigations or disputes to a favourable outcome for the company

Sourcing process

  • Work with the project management team on all new enquiries as per the agreed process to provide an outline sourcing plan
  • Manage and maintain best sourcing guidelines to ensure the most appropriate souring solutions are provided in a timely manner
  • Devise appropriate supply strategies, taking into account all relevant factors; for example, the length of a trial, cost, continuity of supply and supply chain integrity
  • Improve and manage sourcing resources including; shared tools, databases and services to provide the most efficient and cost effective products for supply
  • Ensure there are clear processes when working with all key suppliers, which are regularly updated to meet both the companies and supplier needs

Customer service

  • Ensure world class customer service is provided both internally and externally
  • Ensure the timely turnaround of enquires whilst ensuring the most effective sourcing strategy is provided
  • Manage customer service levels and set targets for all exclusive distribution agreements

Management of Self & Others

  • Manage, prioritise, and complete key inquiries and projects to a high standard
  • Develop and coach peers/direct reports encouraging a focus on sourcing solutions that maximise efficiencies within the clinical trials supply chain
  • Uphold and act as a role model of the company’s values

QA, Regulatory & Compliance

  • Ensure all licenses, documentation, audits and associated QA activities are in place in support of vendor qualification
  • Work with QA, Regulatory and Technical teams to identify opportunities to improve supply chain security, compliance and integrity
  • Work with QA to ensure key suppliers are periodically assessed on a risk analysis basis
  • Current with relevant legislation and its impact on business activities


  • Make sure business systems and tools (e.g. CRM) are used correctly and accurately maintained
  • Develop a strong working relationship with internal departments such as Finance, Logistics and Operations
  • Be prepared to attend client facing meetings in support of both the Project Management and BD teams when required

Personal Development

  • Continue to develop own talents and strengths and actively seek opportunities for development and improvement
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all of the businesses in the Company’s Group
  • Participate in the development of the CTS team by providing feedback, collaboration appropriate motivation
  • Ensure a customer-centric focus and deliver high levels of service (internal & external)
  • Operate in the role according to the Companies Values and lead by example
  • Follow all relevant Standard Operating Procedures, regulatory and legal requirements
  • Actively participate in the Company’s performance development review process