Bristol Myers Squibb SENIOR SOURCING ASSOCIATE in Chester, United Kingdom

Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) has one of the richest biopharmaceutical pipelines in the industry. We discover, develop, and manufacture lifesaving and life altering drugs in cancer, hepatitis C, heart disease, and other therapeutic areas. BMS also has one of the most reliable supply networks and our clinical operations program is among the best and busiest anywhere. We are a company that is forward thinking, a company in which diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of how we view our talent and how we work. Our science is second to none and the transformation work underway will enable us to continue to lead our peer group.

Major Responsibilities and Accountabilities:


  • Support procurement plans and assist in making decisions necessary to purchase goods and services in accordance with organizational objectives and sourcing strategies

  • Provide internal and market analytics to support development of strategic category plans; collaborates with/supports Procurement category owners and business partners on plan development.

  • Support and/or lead execution of procurement plans; role dependent on category and project complexity. Assist/lead identification and screening/selection of potential sources. Assist/lead in determining appropriate methods of procurement. Lead preparation of competitive go-to-market events (solicitation of bids, quotations and proposals) with pertinent specifications, terms and conditions. Employ leading procurement practices.

  • Assist/lead in evaluating competitive offerings to determine the overall best offer for goods or services

  • Prepare for and/or lead supplier negotiations depending on category complexity. Evaluate competitive offerings and recommend overall best offer for a product or service. As part of implementation, review product availability and/or pricing information with suppliers.

  • Assist in the preparation of and/or issue contracts for legal review and approval. Support design/development of procurement compliance programs. Supports decision-making and process design to align practices with organizational objectives and sourcing strategies. Maintains agreement files as required.

  • Understands how to access and influence specifications as required for sourcing project

  • Prepare periodic category/country performance reports for assigned categories. Support budget management processes as required for category.

  • Support SRM purposes through required development and delivery of prioritized performance metrics. Supports risk management efforts as required in category.

  • Assists in resolving issues raised in purchasing audit reports.

  • Review product availability and/or pricing information with suppliers

  • Prepare periodic activity reports


Support development of internal and external relationships with suppliers and cross-functional teams with regard to the following:

  • Coordinate lists of recommended sources

  • Coordinate supplier visits and evaluations

  • Provide research and assistance in support of purchasing negotiations

  • Attend negotiations with potential or current suppliers

  • Resolve quality problems with suppliers and user departments and help identify measurements for improvement and target setting

  • Maintain effective relationships with suppliers and user departments

  • Coordinate, review and respond to supplier inquiries


  • Utilize BMS relevant systems; SAP & Ariba.

Supplier Management:

  • Support management of compliance and non-compliance to the preferred supplier list

  • Support management of internal and external relationships with suppliers, cross-functional and/or multi-functional teams with regard to the following:

  • Utilize techniques such as supplier partnerships, strategic alliances, supply chain management and supplier training programs

Reports to: Director of Sourcing Excellence Europe

Internal/External Stakeholders:

  • Global Procurement Business Partner & Strategy staff

  • Sales representatives and Managers within supplier base

  • Key business partner contacts

This job might be for you if:

  • Associate Degree or work equivalent required

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience

  • Minimum of 2-4 years Procurement experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Additional Languages

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel

  • Proved ability to manage multiple projects/tasks effectively

  • Master’s Degree

  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment

Why should you apply:

  • You will help patients in their fight against serious diseases and you will increase the survival of more people with cancer

  • You will be part of a company that encourages excellence and innovation, respects diversity, develops leaders and values its employees.

  • You’ll get a very competitive salary and a great benefits package including an annual bonus, pension contribution, family health insurance, annual leave, life insurance, on site gym and gain-sharing bonus.


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We’re creating innovative medicines for patients fighting serious diseases. We’re also nurturing our own diverse team with inspiring work and challenging career options. No matter the role, each one of us makes a contribution. And that makes all the difference.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.