Job opportunity – Category Lead– EMEA Procurement at Astellas

Do you have extensive Procurement experience and in depth understanding of Category Management? Then Astellas has an interesting job opportunity for you!


Category Lead– EMEA Procurement

Fulltime, 40 hours, Leiden, The Netherlands

Your job as a Category Lead– EMEA Procurement

As Category Lead EMEA Procurement you will be accountable for leading all supply-related aspects for and as such, deliver industry leading value whilst maintaining alignment with business needs. Success will be viewed through the delivery of competitive long-term strategic targets and objectives, development of best practice sourcing capabilities and market knowledge and through the realization of procurement synergies across the Regional & Global footprint of Astellas. As Category Lead EMEA Procurement you will lead global and regional sourcing initiatives with accountability to work with the business units and functional areas and key stakeholders to deliver industry leading value and relevant functional, business and performance objectives through the use of a wide range of value levers. Highly developed stakeholder management will be required in order to generate ideas and opportunities and ensure the strategy and plans are aligned to functional and business targets. In this role you will travel regional and global for 30-40%.

Your personal qualifications as a Category Lead – EMEA Procurement

  • Master degree
  • Extensive Procurement experience and in depth understanding of the Category Management process
  • Experience in all Procurement disciplines including Procurement Strategy, Strategic Sourcing, Procure-to-Pay, Procurement Systems and Category Management
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in identified areas
  • Experience of managing Category Teams and challenging categories in complex and matrix driven organizations

As Category Lead EMEA Procurement you will have advanced negotiation and contractual skills to ensure that all contract negotiations are conducted effectively and with consistency. In addition, you will be required to demonstrate leadership to business stakeholders and suppliers and provide a clear vision and be able to motivate people with different agendas to support and implement the vision.

We offer

  • A challenging and diversified job in an international setting
  • Good career opportunities
  • Inspiring and dynamic work climate
  • Attractive remuneration, which includes:
    o a 13th month
    o excellent pension policy
    o health insurance compensation
    o collective health insurance
    o company own saving scheme arrangement
    o 25 Holidays + 13 so called ADV Days
    o and more….

At Astellas, we believe that nurturing a good relationship with our employees delivers good business results.
It is our stated aim in the VISION for Astellas to be recognised as an Employer of Choice. This means ensuring we are a highly effective organisation, that applies best-in-class people management, creates a positive working environment and has an inspirational company culture.. This reflects the working culture of Astellas, outlines our expectations as an employer and captures the essence of our company ethos; CHANGING TOMORROW.

About Astellas

Astellas is a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical company employing over 18,000 people worldwide with global sales exceeding 10billion euro. The group’s EMEA headquarters are based in London, with affiliates throughout Europe engaged in research & development (R&D), manufacturing and sales & marketing. With over 4,500 employees, EMEA is an important and growing Astellas region, having key strengths in the therapy areas of Urology, Transplantation, Anti Infectives, Pain Management and Oncology. The global annual R&D investment of 15% to 20% of sales is evidence of the group’s commitment to improving the health of people worldwide through the provision of innovative and reliable products.
Astellas employs around 900 persons in the Netherlands, in Leiden and Meppel.

Mirai House, located in Leiden Bio Science Park, is home to a number of divisions, including the European R&D organization focusing on the development of medicines in the areas of Urology, Nephrology, Pain, and Diabetes/Metabolic diseases. It is the location where the majority of offices and clean rooms and labs are located.

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Keywords: Job vacancy, Full-time, Leiden, Pharmacy, Procurement.