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Category Manager (Procurement/ IT)

Do you want to watch clinical technology change, or do you want to be the one to shape it?  Because we’re hoping you’re here for the latter.


Who are we?

We are 15,000+ employees strong, operating in more than 85 countries.  We are committed to saving lives and we are constantly striving to be the best at what we do.  Our impact is real and we see it every single day.  We help get life-saving drugs into the hands of those who need them most.


Who are you?

You are a forward thinker.  You are an innovator that refuses to settle.  You want to push the boundaries and change not just what it means to be a Category Manager; you want to change the future.  You want to learn from the best, expand your knowledge and your skill set, and you want to build your career.  You want to use the latest technology and tools in the industry to push the momentum of an already growing company forward.  You want to find a balance that still lets you be, well, you.  Most of all, you want to do it in a place where you’re more than an employee number…a place you love working.



This is a ground floor opportunity at PRA so we are looking for someone to help build out this function! 



What will you be doing?

We’re taking a fresh approach at ways that technology and analytics can empower those working in the clinical lifecycle and shape the future of clinical development.

  • Act as Procurement IT Business Partner and routinely engage with IT and all other related stakeholders to assist in setting procurement strategies, manage strategic sourcing initiatives, contract development and negotiations, and manage the overall post contractual supplier relationship.
  • Willl be part of the larger Global Procurement team and reports to the Director of Corporate Vendor Management.
  • Partner with IT and other stakeholders and various business units on appropriate spending strategies various transactions such as professional services, maintenance contracts and large hardware/software purchases.
  • Support all stakeholders spend requirements and priorities by leading various procurement initiatives.
  • Assist is selecting supplier sources by guiding competitive sourcing activities with current suppliers, new suppliers and supporting overall supplier diversity efforts.
  • Manage activities related to all sourcing, supplier evaluation and business award within the IT category.
  • Work within a larger team environment with Vendor Management, IT, Legal, QA, and others on various contractual documents with selected suppliers and assist in negotiations for optimal terms and conditions as well as compliance and risk avoidance for PRA initiatives.
  • Solid understanding of software compliance and how to manage it both proactively and reactively.
  • Sets the foundation for and implements the framework for post contract management and supplier relationship management that ensures supplier performance and continuous improvement for strategic IT suppliers based on stakeholder feedback and performance based metrics/KPIs.
  • Assist with all transformational activities to build Vendor Management/Procurement organizational capabilities and improve efficiencies, risk mitigation and business continuity.


What do you need to have?

  • Bachelor degree in an associated field, IT related degree preferred with proven experience in technology related procurement.
  • 5-7 years procurement leadership experience in the IT category
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other enterprise level Procure to Pay and Contract Management based software platforms such as SAP, ORACLE, ZYCUS, etc.

PRA is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to providing opportunities to minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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