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Global Category Manager Projects

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Company: Roche
Contract: PERM
Location: Santa Clara, United States

Job purpose

The Senior Category Project Specialist is accountable for delivering high value strategic projects according to the relevant Category Strategy and annual pipeline of initiatives as well as supporting reporting and analytics, RF(X) activities, data consolidation, or other ad-hoc activities in furtherance of the Category Strategy. The role supports a specific Category Management team or multiple teams by executing assigned projects using project management, stakeholder engagement, and Roche’s category and supplier management approaches. As a member of the Category Management team, the Senior Category Project Specialist ensures project delivery aligns to the long-term Category and / or Supplier Strategy, and Business needs and priorities.

The Senior Category Project Specialist is accountable for delivering assigned projects and agreed targets and goals to ensure benefits and savings are realized while in compliance with relevant policies, standards, guidelines, and operating procedures. The role is responsible for ensuring the successful execution and completion of projects using robust project governance and management including scoping the work, creating project plans, identifying required resources, obtaining sign-off for major milestones, and applying appropriate methodologies, tools, and value levers. To ensure successful execution the role works with the Category Management teams and Business stakeholders to proactively identify, report, and mitigate delivery risks, including providing regular progress updates to relevant stakeholders. As part of the project implementation, the role also collaborates with legal and / or contracting functions to support contracting activities as well as key technical and business stakeholders. The Senior Category Project Specialist also supports the operationalization and implementation of project outputs by converting outcomes and content into category guidance documents or other implementation support materials and guidance.

The Senior Category Project Specialist has deep knowledge of project management and Roche’s category and supplier management approach, and applies this expertise to effectively deliver projects. The role uses strong procurement analytical skills to collect and evaluate supplier, market, category, and internal business data and information required to monitor and evaluate project execution. Using leadership and communications skills the role effectively guides Business stakeholders through the procurement process, ensuring alignment and support for the overall project, escalation of risks and issues in a timely manner and efficient handover to regional and site teams for full implementation. 

Through the application of rigorous tools and techniques, and partnering with Business and Procurement stakeholders, the Senior Category Project Specialist delivers significant Business value and Procurement impact.

Primary responsibilities

Core accountabilities    

  • Deliver assigned projects and targets – Execute high value strategic projects assigned by Category Management teams to deliver in line with agreed targets. Create all primary deliverables and obtain sign off for all major milestones in line with Roche’s category and supplier management approach, and in compliance with relevant policies, standards, guidelines, and operating procedures. After project execution, ensure a smooth and efficient handover to the Category teams, regional / site teams for implementation, including converting project outcomes into useable category guidance documents or other content.
  • Apply robust project management – Create and execute against project plans. Work in cooperation with project leads to ensure the correct balance of resources are utilized to deliver projects.
  • Establish effective project governance – Ensure a robust project governance structure with clear roles and responsibilities. Serve as the primary contact for issues relating to the projects managed and ensure issues are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.
  • Monitor and mitigate risk – Monitor the progress of projects and pro-actively identify and report any projected risks to overall targets or timelines as well as potential mitigation strategies. Resolve issues and project risks on a timely basis and escalate issues and risks where appropriate.

People accountabilities

  • Provide feedback – Contribute any feedback to employees that have been involved in the project execution and delivery as requested by their performance managers.

Education, experience and skills


  • University degree, with Business or Life Sciences degree preferable.
  • 3+ years’ procurement or supply chain experience delivering measurable value in strategic sourcing, enterprise cost reduction, and / or operational efficiency projects.
  • Demonstrated understanding of some / all of the major direct spend categories and potential cost levers or market fundamentals.
  • 3+ years of project management experience including risk management, project reporting, and delivering quantitative and qualitative results in complex environments.
  • Strong experience in upwards communication and senior stakeholder management skills supported by good interpersonal competencies (communication, influencing).
  • Proven capability in negotiation, conflict resolution and stakeholder management.
  • Expert proficiency in MS Project and other business systems.
  • Knowledgeable in procurement specific systems and processes for the efficient management of sourcing events and contract negotiations (e.g. eSourcing, eAuction).


  • Postgraduate business related qualification.
  • Documented international strategic sourcing experience.
  • Strong analytical experience including ability to drive insights from large and varied data sources, data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau) and database applications (e.g. Access).
  • Experience with enterprise systems (SAP, Oracle) and procurement / procure-to-pay  tools such as (e.g. Ariba,  SAP) is preferred.
  • Life Sciences or Management Consulting industry experience.
  • Any professional purchasing (e.g. CIPS), project management (e.g. PMP, Prince 2), or Finance related licenses or certifications would be considered advantageous.

Travel requirements

Availability to travel (air and ground both domestic and internationally) for up to 5-10% of time for various meetings at Roche and Supplier sites.





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