Sourcing Manager

Updated: June 14, 2024
Location: United Kingdom-Europe - GBR-Home-Based
Job ID: 24002713

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Sourcing Manager

Syneos Health® is a leading fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization built to accelerate customer success. We translate unique clinical, medical affairs and commercial insights into outcomes to address modern market realities.

Every day we perform better because of how we work together, as one team, each the best at what we do. We bring a wide range of talented experts together across a wide range of business-critical services that support our business. Every role within Corporate is vital to furthering our vision of Shortening the Distance from Lab to Life®.

Discover what our 29,000 employees, across 110 countries already know: 

Why Syneos Health
•    We are passionate about developing our people, through career development and progression; supportive and engaged line management; technical and therapeutic area training; peer recognition and total rewards program.
•    We are committed to our Total Self culture – where you can authentically be yourself. Our Total Self culture is what unites us globally, and we are dedicated to taking care of our people. 
•    We are continuously building the company we all want to work for and our customers want to work with. Why? Because when we bring together diversity of thoughts, backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives – we’re able to create a place where everyone feels like they belong.

Job Responsibilities

  • Establishes, maintain, and manages Company’s business relationships and alliances with third party vendors to support global clinical trials and facilities.
  • Works closely with the Procurement Manager to ensure alignment of priorities, goals, and related activities.
  • Performs analysis with reliable sources to assure adequate vendor financial stability.
  • Backfills, as required, the Purchase Order Analyst in support of the work order/purchase order process.
  • Identifies new vendors through common purchasing processes and interact with other departments, when appropriate, to assess vendor qualifications.
  • Drafts and negotiates contracts, including development of new contractual language.
  • Ensures vendor compliance with negotiated business terms.
  • Assists with Root Cause/Corrective Actions to short term and permanent solutions to vendor issues.
  • Develops and implements appropriate negotiation strategies to ensure best pricing is achieved.
  • Schedules, hosts, and attends vendor capability presentations to establish business relationships with Preferred Providers.
  • Promotes vendor management strategy by setting expectations and establishing performance criteria and measurements for third party vendor relationships.
  • Conducts sponsor and vendor customer satisfaction surveys, as well as formal periodic performance reviews with each preferred provider.
  • Maintains and develops databases, develops, and provides reports, investigate complaints, works to resolve non-conformities and errors, acts as a resource to project teams, tracks cost savings, and tracks project timelines for the Procurement function.
  • Deploys strategic Global Procurement tools and processes.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned. 


What we're looking for

  • BA/BS in Business Administration, Sciences, Public Administration, Public Health, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Three (3) – five (5) years of moderate experience in procurement with direct responsibility for vendors used in a clinical research organization. 
  • Procurement experience in support of clinical and non-clinical services including IT, facilities, central laboratories, drug depots, or associated pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical supply chain organizations preferred. 
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating contracts.
  • Experience in a contract research organization or pharmaceutical industry is preferred. 
  • Experience in Project Management and Execution of Strategic Plans. 
  • Strong computer knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite. 
  • Well versed on ERP systems such as Oracle EBS, SAP PeopleSoft. 
  • Knowledge and experience doing presentations to different audiences. 
  • Direct vendor negotiation skills. 
  • Strong team-orientation and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written/oral communication. 
  • Customer-focused and able to manage challenging priorities and remain flexible and adaptable in stressful situations.
  • Minimal travel may be required (up to 25%).

Get to know Syneos Health

Over the past 5 years, we have worked with 94% of all Novel FDA Approved Drugs, 95% of EMA Authorized Products and over 200 Studies across 73,000 Sites and 675,000+ Trial patients.

No matter what your role is, you’ll take the initiative and challenge the status quo with us in a highly competitive and ever-changing environment. Learn more about Syneos Health


Tasks, duties, and responsibilities as listed in this job description are not exhaustive. The Company, at its sole discretion and with no prior notice, may assign other tasks, duties, and job responsibilities. Equivalent experience, skills, and/or education will also be considered so qualifications of incumbents may differ from those listed in the Job Description. The Company, at its sole discretion, will determine what constitutes as equivalent to the qualifications described above. Further, nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract. Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms. Any language contained herein is intended to fully comply with all obligations imposed by the legislation of each country in which it operates, including the implementation of the EU Equality Directive, in relation to the recruitment and employment of its employees. The Company is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the provision of reasonable accommodations, when appropriate, to assist employees or applicants to perform the essential functions of the job.


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