Description:

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal – curing cancer. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Would you like to join us in this mission?

 

We are seeking a highly motivated, innovative individual to join our Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (GSSP) team as a Senior Manager supporting the Information Technology (IT) organization. 

 

The Senior Manager will support sourcing of goods and services in the Global IT Categories including hardware, software/SaaS and services. The information technologies sourced will be for a variety of functions within Kite such as R&D, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Commercial (Marketing/Sales), providing an opportunity for the successful candidate to work closely with leaders across the business to understand Kite requirements. Requiring close collaboration with suppliers to understand their technology, products, and services as well as negotiation levers and constraints, this position allows for significant opportunity to interface with Sourcing leaders in the development of your negotiation strategies; in the creation of category plans; and in your contributions to advance our organization - new concepts, techniques and standards. Internally known as a Senior Manager of Supply Chain, the Senior Sourcing Manager ensures an effective Source to Settle process including selection of suppliers via competitive bids; negotiating business terms and conditions; and ensuring proper onboarding of new suppliers, including vendor set up via Financial Shared Services. The successful candidate will follow through on their initiatives, with accountability for a successful procurement implementation process and for leading supplier management, including regular review processes that drive collaborative innovation as well as enforce performance.

 

To create a strong partnership with stakeholders and leaders across the corporation, as well as to ensure continued professional growth, we would like this Senior Manager to be based in our state-of-the-art Santa Monica, CA global headquarters and will offer a comprehensive relocation package as needed.

 

Responsibilities of the Senior Manager of Global Strategic Sourcing includes:

  • Works proactively, developing solutions to complex problems and exercising some latitude in determining objectives and approaches to responsibilities.

  • Leads competitive bids, contract negotiations, onboarding of suppliers and collaboration with IT stakeholders, Finance, and Legal

  • Collaborates with the IT Sourcing/Category Lead to develop, document, and execute category and procurement strategies

  • Delivers cost reduction and cost avoidance results

  • Works closely with Sourcing, IT and Supplier to assure reliability, quality, and continuity of supply or service

  • Collaborates with the appropriate Kite functional teams to assist in the resolution of Source to Settle issues such as: work order or contract expiration, purchasing agreements, requisitions, invoice holds, open POs, losses, returns, cancellations, and discontinuations

  • Tracks, reports, and escalates supplier issues, coordinating resolution between internal stakeholders and suppliers.

  • Proposes and supports system and process improvements

  • Implements change management activities associated with purchasing process and systems

  • Acts as the point of contact for internal business partners’ day-to-day interactions related to suppliers, purchasing and payments

  • Ensures suppliers’ service level agreements will meet our business’ quality and service standards

  • Ensures compliance to Purchasing, Legal, and Financial procedures and policies

  • Earns recognition as an expert within your area of responsibility

 

Basic Qualifications:

 

PhD

OR

MA / MS with 6+ years of Supply Chain and/or Buying and/or Purchasing and/or Information Technology experience

OR

BA / BS Degree with 8+ years of Supply Chain and/or Buying and/or Purchasing and/or Information Technology experience

OR

High School Degree and 12+ years of Supply Chain and/or Buying and/or Purchasing and/or Information Technology experience

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, expanding company environment, able to flexibly adjust based upon evolving priorities

  • 5+ years of experience sourcing and/or procuring IT hardware, software/SaaS and services 

  • Broad knowledge of IT technologies and services, IT supply base and common negotiating levers

  • Experience working in systems essential to supporting the Sourcing function including ERPs (Oracle EBS, SAP or similar) and Contract Lifecycle Management systems

  • Experience running competitive bids using Sourcing Tools (SCOUT, ARIBA, etc.) as well as negotiating work orders or statement of work relating to IT

  • Strong skills using Microsoft products (Word, Power Point, Excel, SharePoint, Teams, etc.) to analyze data and communicate to stakeholders

  • Knowledge of Source to Settle processes

  • Ability to adapt, adjusting workload based upon changing priorities and managing ambiguity

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task

  • Collaborates well in cross-functional matrix environment, able to communicate and work independently with colleagues in a variety of disciplines including scientific/technical, Finance, Legal, Supply Chain, etc.

  • Demonstrates respect, focuses on delivering value, and embraces learning and continual improvement

  • Strong team player with excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Strong presentation and influence skills with a focus on collaboration

  • Global experience and an understanding of the nuances and differences among business cultures is a plus; able and willing to travel approximately 15-20% globally, as well as domestically

To discover more about Kite please visit our Career Site at https://www.kitepharma.com/careers/careers-at-kite

About Gilead / Kite:

At Gilead, we’re committed to creating a healthier world for everyone – no matter the challenges ahead of us. For more than 30 years, we’ve pursued the impossible, chased it down, tackled it for answers and surrounded it for a way in. We have worked tirelessly to bring forward medicines for life-threatening diseases. Through bold and transformative science, we’re driving innovation that has the potential to become the next generation of life-changing medicines. Our ambition is evident in our mission. Because the impossible is not impossible. It’s what’s next. At Kite, we are focused on the cure. Our singular focus is on cell therapy — the use of genetically modified immune cells programmed to target tumors — which we believe has the potential to change the way cancer is treated. Through our focused efforts and important industry and academic partnerships, we have been able to advance our industry-leading pipeline of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) product candidates with the goal of treating both hematological cancers and solid tumors.

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