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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Associate Director, Global Category Sourcing, Commercial in Boston, Massachusetts

This role is an exciting opportunity for a self-starter to join Alexion as a founding member of a passionate Global Strategic Sourcing team building its way to world-class. Your primary focus will be helping to establish and execute a Category Management and Strategic Sourcing program for Alexion's Commercial and Corporate Marketing teams, actively supporting the build-out of our capabilities while developing a global network of preferred and strategic suppliers. Both strategic vision and tactical execution are key to success in this role. You will join a team of professionals, ensuring a service delivery model and processes that are mindful in creating a positive and supportive employee and patient experience


  • Identify, develop, and manage strategic business relationships with key stakeholders in Marketing and Sales as well as suppliers.

  • Proactively develop partnerships with key partner functions, including Legal, Finance and IT– ensuring communication is open, ideas and information are shared, and communications foster respect and true collaboration.

  • Takes a holistic view of spend and identifies category level demand management, leverage, and LCC opportunities.

  • Contributes to defining and modifying the Strategic Sourcing team’s value proposition.

  • Enables high performing engagement models with business units and regions.

  • Partners closely with business area owners to drive value for Alexion and provides leadership and direction for cross-functional teams.

  • Creates breakthrough strategies and purpose-fit processes to drive innovation.

  • Develops and implements the framework for Post Contract Management and Supplier Relationship Management, ensuring each supplier relationship is established with a bias for continuous improvement.

  • Utilizes outstanding project, program, and change management skills to manage and drive change both internally and externally.

  • Leverages deep understanding of marketplace, competitors, and business requirements. Anticipates key changes and drivers in those categories and formulates mid-range and long-range plans.

  • Actively supports diversity to expand relationships and spend with Diverse Suppliers

  • Builds and drives a Total Cost of Ownership culture across Alexion. Implements Supplier Performance Management with key suppliers to foster innovation, manages supplier performance, and ensures continuous improvement.

  • Supports compliance with key controls, processes and procedures, as applicable. In addition, provides support and input to finance policies, procedures and SOP’s to formalize areas of compliance within the finance framework to support future scalability.

  • Has the ability to bring potential internal control and compliance related matters that may cause risk to the attention of regional and/or corporate leaders as deemed appropriate. Also provides support to ensure compliance related to FCPA and local laws/regulations, grants and spend transparency requirements across the organization.


  • 10+ years of progressive global procurement experience managing a range of marketing and sales categories

  • Experience and knowledge of implementing and deploying strategic sourcing platforms.

  • Advanced knowledge of procurement principles, theories and processes.

  • Must be very team oriented and be able to apply a customer service and value-added approach to work across boundaries and borders and influence and lead procurement functional specialists.

  • Must be a strong relationship builder with a proven track record of establishing and maintaining effective internal and external client relationships.

  • Must possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to build effective and long-standing partnerships across the organization at all levels, particularly with senior management, operating business leaders, and line executives.

  • Must possess the ability to provide value added recommendations that will support the long term growth of the business via process improvements that truly enhance the business; quickly identify hidden values in the business and know how to leverage or unlock it.

  • Must be able to make a meaningful contribution to drive results in the organization. Will be well versed in performance management and have the capability to be a strong business partner within the organization. He or she must be able to “deep dive” into the details of the business while staying focused on the big picture and be able to conceptualize both problems and solutions.

  • Must possess the highest professional and personal standards, unquestioned integrity and business ethics. Must have demonstrated ability and courage of his or her own convictions and adhering to strongly held principles and values – and hold others to the same standards. This person must be prepared to define their position on significant issues and drive change when necessary.

  • The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, energetic and possess a natural curiosity to learn. They will see this role as an opportunity to understand and appreciate the nuances of Alexion’s global business platform, providing them with the skills to further their career within Alexion.


  • BA/BS in Operations, Finance, Business or comparable discipline.

  • MBA desirable


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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 two approved complement inhibitors to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) as well as the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). 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 several mid-to-late-stage therapies, including a second complement inhibitor, a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease and an anti-neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) antibody for rare Immunoglobulin G (IgG)-mediated diseases as well as several early-stage therapies, including one for light chain (AL) amyloidosis and a second anti-FcRn therapy. 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. 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.