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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Associate Director, Global Strategic Sourcing in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

This position will be responsible for the coordination and management of strategic R&D sourcing needs in support of Alexion’s current and planned global clinical trials, including vendor identification and selection, Request for Proposal (RFP) and Bid Defenses, negotiating contracts, managing outsourcing budgets, vendor performance metrics, and vendor oversight and governance. This position will also be responsible for ensuring quality oversight of suppliers; maximize the value obtained from partnerships with external providers at study, program or supplier level.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manages the identification and selection process of R&D vendors such as CROs, Central Labs, Biometrics, IRT, QoL, etc.

  • Generates Requests for Information (RFI) and RFPs and budget grids.

  • Coordinates bid defenses and proposal review meetings and provides analysis to project teams.

  • Contract lifecycle management: manages clinical contracts and change orders, including active negotiation of scope of work, payment terms and budgets.

  • Assists with budget/forecasting needs, such as accruals, project budgets, etc.

  • Ensures quality oversight of suppliers.

  • Partners with suppliers and internal stakeholders to identify, manage, escalate and resolve issues related to supplier performance.

  • Measures supplier performance activities; and communicating feedback to the supplier, encourage adaptation on best practices across supplier types and development of continuous process improvements/ maintenance.

  • Facilitates and executes supplier governance meetings and operating reviews.

  • Develops effective partnerships with suppliers and internal stakeholders.

  • Identify/monitor current trends in outsourcing practices in the industry.

  • Identifies, develops and implements outsourcing processes and procedures.

  • Leads and contributes to complex functional or company initiatives

Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree is strongly preferred (Scientific, JD, MBA).

  • Minimum of 10 years combined experience in pharmaceutical research, legal, strategy, clinical trial support or financial analysis required. Prefer Pharmaceutical, Licensing, CRO or Legal experience.

  • Strong knowledge of drug development, project management, quality assurance, clinical and non-clinical research, legal and regulatory functions.

  • Strong understanding of outsourcing processes, corporate purchasing standards, legal, QA and finance policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills with a very broad business orientation.

  • Proven project management skills. Demonstrated success in managing broad scope projects involving cross-functional teamwork.

  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically. Position requires strong analytical skills to understand scientific and financial data, recognize key issues and establish priorities.

  • Must have demonstrated strong negotiation skills through past experience. Excellent communication skills both (written and verbal). Experience in preparing/presenting key information to stakeholders and management.

  • Requires problem solving abilities at both strategic and operational levels. To identify and resolve issues related to a contract, or management of the supplier to the contract or management of performance issues. This involves both internal cross-functional problem solving as well as issue resolution between functional areas and external suppliers


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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion's aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.