Sr Manager, Global Category Procurement – Facilities

Company Name: Charles River Laboratories

Location: US

Job Duration: 2021-06-11 to 2021-07-11


For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Manager / Sr. Manager, Global Category – Procurement, Facilities Management & Capital Construction to support our global Procurement team. The ideal candidate must be an analytical, proactive problem solver and an out of the box thinker with the ability to deliver market insights, identify trends and devise risk mitigation strategies to manage the various market forces that may impact core projects. 

The Manager / Sr. Manager shall partner with Engineering, site & Global Facilities Management Services (GFMS), Business Unit Leaders, and Site Managers to support the development and implementation of global category strategies, negotiate agreements and contracts, and manage special procurement project initiatives. Responsible for analyzing and understanding global multimillion dollar spend categories, to act as a strategic partner to functional areas within the company to lead the development and achievement of all category goals, including overall best value sourcing strategies for categories (quality, service and cost), negotiating and contracting, SRM (supplier relationship management), establishing partnerships with key suppliers, and harmonizing supplier base. 

The position requires strong operational alignment with key stakeholders within the Facilities Services, Engineering, and Construction categories. The Manager / Sr. Manager must display excellent communication skills supporting all stakeholders including CRL Senior Leadership, suppliers and industry forums.

•    Develop and implement global strategies with business leads for assigned categories of products and services, several which are complex and of strategic importance, high value and critical to the success of the business.
•    Interface with local and site procurement to; execute and implement global and regional strategies, consult with business needs, oversee project procurement processes, and facilitate supplier feedback and reviews. 
•    Drive non-financial value such as innovation, service, quality, risk mitigation, etc. via agreed upon strategies to provide a competitive advantage for CRL.  
•    Implement Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) with strategic suppliers and all key suppliers and utilize analytics to enable effective procurement strategies to measure and improve supplier performance against key business objectives while reducing costs and increasing value.
•    Stay current and informed on the market (category based), changing technologies, and global market trends to ensure CRL category strategies are delivering maximum value while maintaining quality and service.
•    Identify, manage, and mitigate risks in the supply chain, follow market conditions and collect vendor intelligence; anticipate market trends and develop strategies.
•    Utilize collaborative procurement for partnering and competitive processes to assure continuous improvements in quality, supply chain and service performance, and maximize the value to CRL.
•    Liaise with procurement peers to ensure a consistent approach to category strategies and management.
•    Develop, negotiate and manage global contractual relationships including all appropriate supply agreements, statements of work and quality specifications, and quality service agreements.
•    Skillfully negotiate agreements in a timely manner, manage tough vendor situations and sensitive relationships ensuring value and minimizing risk.

Job Qualifications

•    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a related discipline.  MBA, advanced degree, or Engineering degree preferred.
•    Experience:  
•    6-9 years related experience, management/leadership experience preferred, preferably in a life sciences company and/or multinational corporation.  Including,
•    3-5 years FM/Construction category procurement with specific expertise in one or more of the following:
•    Design & Construction
•    Facility services (Hard, Soft, and Integrated service agreements)
•    Energy & Sustainability
•    Management of 3rd party facilities providers
•    Capital equipment 
•    Real Estate
•    Bachelor’s degree required.  The following a plus:
•    Master’s or other advanced degree
•    Certification/Licensure:  CPSM or other like certifications
•    The following experiences are also a plus:
•    Procurement consulting
•    Ability to lead cross-functional teams across complex projects leveraging technical input and market dynamics to identify executable actions and drive implementation plans and schedules.

About Corporate Functions 
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Vet.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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