Associate Global Category Head API & CDMO (gn)

Richard Lazala
+49 (0)89 7263 210-13
Pharmazeutische Industrie
Central Functions
Central Europe


An established organization is expanding its Global Direct Sourcing team with a newly-created role.

Operating on a global level, collaborating cross-functionally, and engaging in strategic decision-making to secure sustainable and competitive pupply and product quality, the Associate Global Category Head plays a pivotal role in a versatile mission. 


  • Lead the development and implementation of category strategies within assigned global sub-categories, ensuring alignment with company objectives.
  • Drive innovation and competitiveness by staying informed about market trends and potential innovations.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to optimize external spend and drive process innovation.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with internal business partners to analyze and optimize internal demand.
  • Monitor supplier relationships within assigned sub-categories, ensuring compliance with governance and KPIs.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the team in supplier relationship management and performance improvement.
  • Lead sourcing projects within the Global Category or across various Sourcing Areas.



  • Master’s degree or Diploma in a relevant field such as business administration, with a strong understanding of pharmaceutical research and development processes.
  • Extensive experience in category management and leading international teams.
  • In-depth knowledge of the global API & C(D)MO market for pharmaceutical products, coupled with expertise in stakeholder and risk management.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally, approximately 15% of working time, and fluency in English.


  • High-impact role with global reach and responsibility.
  • Great opportunity to shape company sourcing strategies in the area of API & CDMO. 
  • Working in a globally-renown, employee-centric organization with excellent social benefits.
  • Member of a diverse and global team.