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Astellas Pharma Associate Director, Category Manager, Market Insights in Northbrook, Illinois

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois, however remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose & Scope:

The Associate Director, Category Manager role will take leadership on identified categories on both a Global and Regional basis and be accountable and responsible for developing and carrying out the category strategies, and drive multi-year transformation delivery value for Astellas.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead Global/Regional sourcing initiatives with accountability to work with the Business Units/Functional Areas & key partners to deliver industry leading value and relevant functional, business and performance objectives through the use of a wide range of value levers

  • Develop, implement and be accountable for Category Strategies that are aligned with business requirements, provide short, medium and long term focus and generate market-leading deliverables

  • Engage with key partners in order to generate ideas and opportunities and ensure the Category strategy and plans are aligned to functional and business targets

  • Apply leading tools & techniques to segment suppliers for the category, understand supplier performance, analyze market trends & constraints and deliver a broad range of value chain initiatives to improve performance, reliability, quality and life cycle costs

  • Champion TCO reductions and ensure annual value delivery objectives for the Strategic Procurement of assigned category are met

  • Determine and continually monitor current supply market position in the specific category spend area to identify risks. Recommend actions to mitigate risks.

  • Lead Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) programme for the category and ensure participating suppliers deliver value beyond price objectives

  • Establish Marketing and Partner Global engagement plans in to create positive working relationships and impact these relationships to influence and win support for Procurement transformation

  • Support the Global Head of Category through the leadership of key additional Regional/Global activities within their Tower

  • Be recognized as the Category expertise and apply this knowledge to act as a 'Change Agent' for implementing new commercial models and ways of working

Organizational Context:

This role will report to Global Category Lead.

Will build relationships with Business unit key partners: up to and including EC-1 (SVP and below), Key Finance Leadership, Procurement Leadership Team (PLT), Global Category Leads, Sourcing Leads/Managers and other category managers. Also oversee External suppliers and consultants and the GBS teams as needed.

Qualifications: Required

  • 5+ years of experience as category manager

  • Proven leadership and people management skills to coach internal and external teams to high performance standards

  • BS or BA degree

  • Advanced sourcing toolkit and supply base management experience

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Strong negotiating skills

  • Evidence of developing innovative commercial solutions using a wide range of value levers

  • Understanding of Category Strategy formulation and execution and the different approaches to be applied to different kinds of spend & supply markets

  • Advanced negotiation and contractual skills

  • World class supplier relationship skills

  • Proven leadership and people management skills to coach and high performance standards.

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and fluent in written and verbal business English

  • Strong conceptual problem solver with practical implementation skills to interpret and apply business requirements and effectively align inputs, outputs and results

  • Ability to see opportunities, identify and balance risks and benefits and take appropriate actions

  • Acts as ambassador for change; able to embrace/persuade to secure sponsorship, commitment and innovation.

  • Strong presentation, communication, influencing and management reporting skills (compliance, qualitative/quantitative updates, risks/corrective action etc.)

  • Excellent, evidence based, decision making based on robust analysis and sound judgment

  • Excellent project management methodology and track record of successful delivery: critical path, achievements, reporting, risk management, solution focussed etc. to deliver strategic benefits and long-term impact

  • Critical thinking skills to create a robust case, analyze commercial and business information and devise strategy

Qualifications: Preferred

MBA Degree


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays, including year-end shutdown

  • 401(k) Match and Annual Company Contribution

  • Company Paid Life Insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans


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Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans