Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change.

Alliance Director Procurement, Contract Research Organization

Your tasks and responsibilities


The primary responsibilities of this role, Alliance Director Procurement CRO, are to: 


  • Continuously develop the partnership in terms of efficiency and effectiveness in close collaboration with the Alliance Manager Development CRO and the Strategic CRO Partner(s); Understand and safeguard the value drivers of both partners;
  • Ensure high transparency and alignment of Bayer interests with Strategic CRO Partner(s) performance in terms of results, delivery in time, budget and high quality;
  • Act as central point of contact for all commercially related topics to enable more efficient strategic decision making, aligned governance, issue management and best-in-class operations;
  • Demonstrate excellent collaboration and alignment with the Alliance Manager DEV CRO, with the main focus on commercial and performance measurement and relationship topics;
  • Effectively collaborate with all internal stakeholders/functions and the Strategic Partner CRO to maximize the value of the partnership;
  • Manage the relationship with the Strategic Partner(s) on all relevant levels (Executive Committee / Operational Committee / Functions) and build a trustful relationship with the Strategic Partner;
  • Establish and maintain alignment internally to ensure speaking with ‘one voice’;
  • Drive increased productivity and quality, target achievement by the CRO, and reduce development timelines and costs;
  • Establish metrics and track partnership objectives and commitments to completion;
  • Analyze KPIs to maintain study performance in alignment with the Bayer standards and monitor effort of resource allocations for all outsourced activities;
  • Engage with the Strategic CRO Partner(s) proactively to find creative and innovative solutions;
  • Drive jointly continuous improvement based on lessons learnt and external benchmarking;
  • Identify early potential area of conflict that may adversely impact the Strategic Partner and/or the alliance success and jointly solve the issues in a constructive and pragmatic manner;
  • Recognize and manage cultural and operational differences between the partners;
  • Maintain regular exchange of experience with the Alliance Managers in Business Development;
  • Apply state-of-the-art Supplier Management with the assigned Strategic Partner(s);
  • Steer and align supplier stakeholder landscape with multiple critical internal business stakeholders to build uniform understanding;
  • Develop a consistent understanding of supplier’s role and performance (one consistent message to the supplier);
  • Act responsible for developing a Supplier Strategy that is in-line with existing Sourcing strategies and for achievement of strategic objectives, e.g. taps into the supplier’s innovation potential and resources by setting up joint innovation initiatives, analyzing supplier cost structures and drivers and continuous improvement and process optimization with the suppliers.


Who you are


Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.  More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:


Required Qualifications:

  • University Degree (PhD or Master) in Business Management, Science or an equivalent field;
  • Minimum of 7 years relevant professional business experience;
  • Highly experienced Senior Manager with extensive professional knowledge and well developed communication skills;
  • Proven excellent stakeholder engagement skills combined with strong collaboration, influencing and communication competencies;
  • Good knowledge in Procurement and Procurement processes and methodologies (especially Supplier Management);
  • Good understanding of the drug development principles, the drug development and commercialization processes with experience in the Pharmaceutical industry as well as broad managerial experience in a regional/global environment;
  • Strategic thinker and proven high leadership, motivational and interpersonal skills as well as a creative and result oriented mind-set;
  • Change Management and Project Management skills;
  • Financial Acumen, Analytical decision making;
  • Strong communication skills to work with all involved parties including senior management;
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-cultural, global and matrix organization;
  • Proven negotiation skills and an excellent business acumen;
  • Position holder must embrace innovation and change and be able to work in a changing environment;
  • Executes his/her responsibilities with knowledge, accuracy, persistence, resilience and creativity seeking to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.


Domestic Relocation Available

Your application

Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. Job postings will remain open for a minimum of ten business days and are subject to immediate closure thereafter without additional notice. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans


Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below.


Country: United States
Location: NJ-Whippany

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