Category Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management
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Category Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management

King of Prussia, PA

The Center for Breakthrough Medicines is on track to be the largest single-site cell and gene therapy contract development and manufacturing organization in the world. Our comprehensive service offering accelerates speed to market through supply chain disruption mitigation strategies, end-to-end program management expertise and unique platform technology with the ability to follow a molecule from idea to commercialization. CBM’s integrated approach provides high quality and consistent end-to-end manufacturing capability including: Process and Analytical Development; Plasmid DNA production; Viral Vector Production of Lentivirus; AAV and Adenovirus; Testing and Analytics; Autologous, Allogeneic and Gene-edited Cell Therapy Bioprocessing; and Cell banking. CBM’s horizontal and vertical integration provides one source throughout a product’s life cycle.

CBM’s mission is to accelerate the delivery and affordability of lifesaving and life-changing therapies from discovery to market by offering a complete solution for the development and commercialization of cell and gene therapies.

CBM is located just outside of Philadelphia in the Heart of Cellicon Valley on The Discovery Labs campus set on 300 acres with 2.4 million square feet of life sciences lab and manufacturing space, allowing clients to scale their development and manufacturing needs without ever having to change sites, while providing employees a true community campus experience focused exclusively on life sciences.

The Discovery Labs is a Global Platform Company inclusive of CBM, The Discovery Labs Properties, UniteIQ incubator labs, and The Colony, a unique investment and resource model enabling groundbreaking therapies to be brought to life.


Center for Breakthrough Medicines is seeking experienced leaders to oversee and optimize the management of Direct, Indirect and CAPEX supplier-partner relationships. Strategic Sourcing and Category Management, one of the three critical pillars (Purchasing, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management and Supplier Relationship Management) under the Procurement and Total Cost of Ownership organization, is responsible for the sourcing, engagement and contracting of long-term partners for CBM.

You will be key in supporting our patient-centric mission, as you will be engaging and managing long-term partnerships on behalf of CBM and its stakeholders.


  • Using structured processes to source, evaluate and qualify new supplier-partners
  • Aid in building a diverse and inclusive partner base
  • Creating performance-based contracts that support our mission and vision of saving lives
  • Liaison between Strategic Sourcing and Category Management and other cross-functional teams
  • Seek “one-off” quotes and obtain beneficial terms and pricing
  • Support the Executive Supplier Review process with CBM leadership
  • Strong collaboration with Purchasing and Supplier Relationship Management pillars
  • Participation in QBR process with supplier-partners
  • Support client onboarding activities
  • Participate in Continuous Improvement activities and other optimization initiatives

Education & Experience

  • Strong sense of patient-centricity / accountability to the patient
  • History of supporting innovation, big or small / challenging the status quo
  • BA / BS and at least 7 years of experience required; MBA or other advanced degree preferred
  • ISM, APICS or other certifications preferred
  • Excellent collaborative skills
  • Outstanding negotiation and relationship building skills
  • Evidence of negotiating large, complex contracts
  • Cell and Gene Therapy preferred, but cGxP / Pharma required
  • Strong understanding of supplier bases and current market conditions
  • Solid skillset in MS Office, especially Excel

Compensation: TBD

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