Senior Manager External Manufacturing and Sourcing | Pharma | English

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Logistics and Supply Chain

  • Contact:

    Izumi Sawada

  • Job ref:

    JN -012022-26528

  • Published:

    3 months ago

  • Expiry date:


These times more than ever the pharma industry is playing an important role in our society. We are assisting one of our clients from the industry to find Senior Manager, External Manufacturing and Sourcing. They are operating internationally, with offices all over the globe, and intend to substantially grow their team in the Amsterdam office in 2022.

Do you have 7+ years of experience working in the Pharma/Medical Devices/ Healthcare or similar? Do you enjoy working cross-functionally and cross-culturally? If yes, then I am searching for you!


In this role, you will be responsible for contributing to and executing the external manufacturing strategy across the EMEA region. You will be in charge of Supplier Relationship Management activities with the external manufacturing partners, working with and supporting all cross-functional groups to ensure the seamless supply of products.

  • Lead SRM activities with the assigned External Manufacturers, in close cooperation with associated functions to ensure feedback on supplier performance and improvement

  • Coordinate implementation of robust cost controls to support price negotiations with External Manufacturers on a defined basis while ensuring the continued product supply

  • Develop and report on KPIs, using management tools to measure CMO performance and propose alternative(s) for non-performing CMOs in alignment with product supply strategy

  • Support New Product Introduction and Technical Transfer teams by facilitating supplier interactions, providing sourcing expertise, and contributing to the timely new product launch

  • Facilitate problem-solving with the CMOs by the support and active engagement with other functions, such as Supply Chain and QA

  • Participate in negotiation and execution of Manufacturing & Supply Agreements (MSAs) for commercial products

  • Prepare, monitor, and control the capex budget for the assigned External Manufacturing partners

  • Ensure adequate cost control to meet agreed purchase-price variance and/or cost avoidance target

  • Coordinate and support RFP and RFQ activities to develop robust sourcing plans, in alignment with the Global Product Supply Strategy

  • Support executive leadership in driving the Sales & Operations Planning process

  • Process improvements such as cross-functional business case evaluation, new product introduction, analysis and monitor capacity to ensure product supply continuity

  • Participate actively in global best practices sharing and continuous improvement forums


  • Bachelor’s degree in Medical, Life Science or related

  • A postgraduate degree in Supply Chain or Purchasing is preferred

  • Willingness to travel around 20% within Europe

  • Excellent skills in English

  • 7+ years experience in the Pharmaceutical/Medical Device/Healthcare industry

  • 7+ years of experience in working with manufacturing partners

  • Experience in supplier relationship management, contract & price negotiations, and new product launches

  • Experience in sourcing and managing CDMOs within the medical industry

  • Understanding of the drug development process, of cGMP requirements, and knowledge in the manufacturing of sterile solutions and suspensions, is preferred

  • Able to communicate at the senior and operational level, both internally and externally

  • Able to think critically to make strategic decisions to support the business and ensure the continuous supply of good quality products

  • Self-starter, results-oriented, and able to prioritize the tasks

  • Able to influence and negotiate, managing a complex set of internal/external stakeholders


  • Joining a growing scale-up pharma company!

  • 25 holiday days

  • Bonus scheme

  • Health insurance contribution

  • Commuting allowance

  • Pension scheme

  • A dynamic, international team, highly multicultural

Are you interested in this exciting, new opportunity?? Feel free to apply or contact me for more information at Please notice that we’ll only consider candidates who have valid work permits to work in the Netherlands.