Category Associate Director APAC

Category Associate Director APAC

Location: Shanghai

Play your part in impacting patients’ lives

Take this chance to help us fulfil our purpose – pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Feel a sense of pride as you help to optimise our Procurement ecosystem of partners across the value chain to ultimately maximise patient outcomes. Our meaningful work means we’re always committed to doing the right thing.

The role

We are looking for a leader for our newly created team!

The role is mainly responsible for developing excellent category strategy in APAC for defined segment which can provide solid values to AZ business including but not limited to innovative end of end supply solutions with high quality and cost effectiveness.

The role needs to engage with internal and external business partners including senior level business users in marketing function, global category manager/leaders, country procurement managers, GPS APAC team, and suppliers and to build up collaborative relationship with the business partners.

Key Accountabilities


  • Accountable for designing, and implementation of category, region or market strategies to optimize business efficiency.

  • Accountable for category management either globally, regionally or locally including strategic sourcing, SC&I, contract and risk management.

  • Accountable for developing and maintaining expert knowledge of respective global supply markets, competitors and product innovations.

  • Works with Procurement in understanding the global spend and finding opportunities to increase quality and improve value for money. Facilitate implementation of procurement change initiatives within category to improve business performance.


  • Accountable for managing the team, resources, and category targets through direct reports. Manage overall portfolio and all direct reports performance globally.

  • Leads, Coaches and develops professional aspects of Procurement team members

  • Establishing and developing a team by attracting high calibre talent from within and outside the organization and providing appropriate opportunities and support

Business & Supplier Engagement:

  • Develop an extensive understanding of customer needs and the business environment. Build strong relationship with customers and ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Work with the Strategic Intelligence team to perform procurement reporting and analysis of management information to identify potential improvement opportunities as well as identification of innovative procurement solutions that provide cashable savings and process efficiencies for the organization.

  • Address Supplier issues to ensure the highest level of service delivery. Maintains contractual and business relationships with Suppliers to the highest standards.

  • Fosters trusted relationships with vendors to achieve better pricing and quality of services

  • Conduct annual peer reviews of category, region or market strategies

  • Plans and reviews the performance of Procurement and other function teams within area of responsibility

  • Directs new initiatives and improvement programmes aimed at ensuring compliance, continuous improvement, technical excellence and improving cost-effectiveness

  • Leads, defines and gains approval of business needs and the translation of these needs into specific resource requirements

  • Develops senior level relationships in order to resolve issues, optimise business performance and develop future improvement opportunities

  • Instil the highest standards of compliance and ethics consistently across AZ

Required Skills & Knowledge

  • Degree level qualification

  • Thorough knowledge of pharmaceutical industry

  • Expertise in at least one area of Procurement and knowledge of several others

  • Proven leadership experience

  • Communication skills and ability to influence others

  • Comfort with risk and ambiguous situations

Why AstraZeneca…

Our work has the potential to change lives. Everything we do aims to better serve and deliver for patients – whether impacting the consistency of supply or the cost of medicine. Our work is meaningful.

Next steps…

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours!

Applications are open from 30th November to 14th December 2021.

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