Branchburg, New Jersey

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

The Procurement Associate will Identify, evaluate and select suppliers that meet the business needs.

  • Solicit, evaluate, negotiate and award contracts for MRP purchases.

  • Prepare and process all SAP activities including but not limited to Purchasing info records, supplier change notifications etc.

  • Analyze supply base, reduce risk and optimize the total cost; identify opportunities and deliver savings using E-auctions or similar tools available.

  • Leverage global purchases and contracts to ensure Lilly operates in efficient manner

  • Perform spend analysis across the category for the site and leverage the data to Improve purchasing efficiencies

  • Ensure legal, quality, health & safety, ethical and environmental standards are maintained and developed

  • Think out of the box to evaluate and implement continuous and competitive improvement projects

  • Lead supplier interactions in pricing and contract negotiation such as CDA’s MSA’s, contract development/management

  • Lead the supplier investigations, complaints, support returns process

  • Support buyers in resolution of GR/IR discrepancies

  • Interact with other departments (finance, supply chain, TSMS, Quality, manufacturing, etc.) to ensure business needs are being met

  • Author, review and approve change controls, deviations, standard Operating Procedures

  • Consultation and collaboration with Subject matter experts in Direct material sourcing and other areas that impact the sourcing across the site and with global category managers

  • Note that this job description, while intended to capture all major role responsibilities may not be all-inclusive

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Engineering, Supply Chain or related field

  • 1 to 3 years of work experience in manufacturing, engineering, procurement, operations or similar role

  • 1 to 3 years of SAP experience required

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Exposure to contracts and/or contract law helpful.

  • Strong project management skills and ability to prioritize projects without compromising the quality of work

  • Excellent analytical, organizational, communication, facilitation, and influencing skills

  • Strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills; able to develop effective teamwork between team members with diverse interpersonal styles

  • Pharmaceutical market and regulations, GMP manufacturing and overall manufacturing business acumen

  • Knowledge of principles of business and accounting practices and Sarbanes Oxley

  • Serve as a resource within the Lilly site for all areas requiring information regarding third party suppliers

  • Strong problem-solving skills; able to anticipate and recognize problems, diagnose root causes and take corrective action to prevent recurrence within the team.

  • Understanding of cost factors and total cost of ownership concepts with ability to identify and attain cost reduction/avoidance/improvement opportunities.

  • Be self-motivated, confident, and self-directed personality with able to work independently as well as in team environment

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Professional certification/license: ISM, APICS, CPM or CPSM is preferred

Additional Information:

  • This position is not permanent.It is for a fixed term position up to a maximum of 4 years.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

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Branchburg, New Jersey

Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.
We were founded in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly, a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs. More than a century later, we are passionate about building on this precedent in our continued pursuit to make life better for individuals, communities, and the world around us.
Our heritage and our values are the foundation of our promise to unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world.
Our mission 
We make medicines that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives.
Our values
Integrity, excellence, respect for people
Our vision 
We will make a significant contribution to humanity by improving global health in the 21st century.

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