CAPEX Lead Buyer Leader - USA

United States, Portsmouth (New Hampshire)

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.

The Lead Buyer Leader is responsible for Capex related procurement activities across all Lonza USA sites for projects ranging in size from $25m to $500m. This role will manage a team of lead, operational and project buyers procuring goods and services for strategic growth projects in the US.  In addition to leading a team they will also be responsible for buying packages as and when needed including contracting and bid management – this is a hands-on player/manager role supporting Lonza’s strategic growth and investments, delivering new manufacturing capacity to our customers.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop project purchasing strategies and coordinate procurement activities for assigned strategic growth projects.
  • Ensure project sourcing objectives, actions and priorities are aligned both within Global Capex Procurement, Global Engineering and with other key business partners.
  • Procurement of all goods and services needed to bring manufacturing capacity online (systems, sub-systems, equipment and spare parts) and (consulting, engineering and planning) for the assigned investment projects.
  • Work closely with Global Category Management colleagues to execute agreed strategies in US sites.
  • Plan, lead and execute negotiations of commercial terms and contracting for supply agreements.
  • Manage relationships with suppliers and act as the primary point of contact within the project team
  • Drive awareness of supply issues within the project, clarifying business impact and lead mitigation/resolution actions.
  • Develop project risk management strategies and drive development and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation plans.
  • Work closely with Project Management to monitor supplier performance metrics and actively participate in the tracking and reporting of said metrics to drive supplier accountability.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to develop cost reduction strategies and implementation plans that meet project / business needs.
  • Report project related savings as well as maintain the project savings pipeline.
  • Review and negotiate supplier change orders.
  • Coordinate, lead or participate in projects that further the development and improve the efficiency of Capex Procurement as well as to achieve common targets
  • Timely and effective recruitment of project procurement resources to staff up new capex projects

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of Business, Purchasing, Engineering or Construction.
  • Experience in capex heavy industries such as Pharma, oil & gas or tech. Solid commercial experience either in Procurement or Sales Capital and construction procurement preferred
  • CIPS, Six Sigma, Project Management  (or equivalent) preferred
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to craft commercial contract and agreements
  • Project and procurement management skills
  • Team leader with ability to work efficiently in a matrix organization & interdisciplinary teams
  • Excellent business mindset, analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • MS Office, SAP, Oracle Unifier

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 it is 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.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R42760