Head of Operational Buying

Switzerland, Visp

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

This role will lead a team of junior buyers and order management specialists supporting CAPEX projects across Europe working with lead and Project Buyers to support tactical procurement. Additionally this function is responsible for creation of Purchase Orders and for processing some back office procurement tasks. This is a hands-on role to create a new function that can support tactical buying whilst running the procurement back office.

He/she will create a vision for the newly created function and execute a roadmap to achieve that vision. Team management and development is a key criteria as is the ability to understand purchase to pay systems. The individual must have the ability to ensure operational procurement tasks are completed whilst at the same time creating an operational buying function for tactical buying and supporting other CAPEX buying areas.

Key responsibilities:

  • Be a real people person who can motivate and grow a new team to ultimately become the next project or lead buyer or category manager.

  • Lead the creation of an operational buying strategy and implement the agreed strategy initially for the Visp site in Switzerland.

  • Work closely with lead buyers and category teams to understand how operational buying can support these areas.

  • Lead the execution of the operational buying function including back office procurement tasks for PO creation, vendor master records, bank guarantee administration and other back office tasks.

  • Ensure support to project and lead buyers (where appropriate) for operational buying tasks such as running RFP’s, qualification of suppliers, e-Sourcing events and negotiating with suppliers (if needed).

  • Ensure procurement compliance and 4 eyes principal for converting purchase requisitions into PO’s

  • Manage a set of procurement KPI’s used to measure Capex procurement performance

  • Spend Management

  • Responsible for supplier spend mapping on an historical basis but also forward spend mapping scenario planning.

  • Issue regular spend management reporting working with other functions like project controls.

  • Will support category management teams with spend mapping activities

Key requirements:

  • Ability to build teams and manage complex stakeholders.

  • Experience with operational and tactical buying in a construction or capex environment.

  • Skills in all procurement processes including, supplier management, negotiations, contract management

  • and e-procurement systems and purchase to pay.

  • Experience managing relationships, both internal and external.

  • Good understanding of SAP and other back office systems.

  • Ability to build business relationships and to work in multifunctional teams

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R33559
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