Strategic Sourcing Leader - Lab Services
Company: Bill and Melinda Gates foundation
Posted on: January 22, 2023
We are focused on results. Those that can be measured. And those
measured in ways beyond numbers.
We see individuals, not issues. We are inspired by passion, and
compassion for the wellbeing of people. Our methods are based on
logic, driven by rigor, results, issues, and outcomes. Our
innovation means trying new things, learning from our mistakes, and
consistently refining our approach. Our strategies help us define
our path to success, but our effectiveness is based in the
aggregate power of our initiatives to impact holistic change.
-Bill and Melinda Gates
The Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (Gates MRI) is
a non-profit biotech dedicated to accelerating the product
development timeline for diseases that disproportionately affect
the world's poorest populations, including malaria, tuberculosis,
and diarrheal diseases-diseases that combined cause five deaths
every minute- and a range of challenges in maternal and newborn
health. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA and led by CEO Emilio Emini,
Ph.D. our focus is on advancing novel drug and vaccine candidates
against the aforementioned diseases from the laboratory into human
studies and beyond. At the Gates MRI, we work across multiple
interventions and disease areas to increase the identification,
selection, and optimization of novel drug and vaccine candidates,
with the intention to develop viable candidates through late-stage
development and registration both in house and with partners across
the global health ecosystem. We will seek to publish our learnings,
so that they will be available to all research and development
communities through our commitment to open access.
To enable a fast-to-decision mindset, the institute operates using
small teams and a flat structure with the understanding that it is
essential to break out of silos and embrace unconventional
approaches across modalities. The five core mantras that permeate
across the organization and drive progress at every level are:
- Urgency: Execute with excellence to maximize impact.
- Collaboration: Establish empowered teams to drive our bottom
line: lives saved.
- Innovation: Build on the known, uncover the new, achieve the
- Rigor: Drive the science, focus on the details, and execute
with the highest quality.
- Courage: Dare to confront the world's most significant global
Though the Institute is a diverse group of passionate
change-makers, creative fixers and relentless advocates, these five
core values will be universally adopted by all who join it and
strive to improve the health and wellness of the world's most
The Gates MRI offers flexible work arrangements for local
candidates (50% on site) and a competitive relocation package for
those looking to move to the Cambridge, MA area for this hybrid
With our global and complex network of collaborations and
partnerships, in a heavily outsourced environment, the SS&P
function at the MRI plays a critical, integral, and visible role
touching all facets of our product development process. The
Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Leader -Lab Services, a new role
to the organization, will have the opportunity to function in close
partnership with the Discovery, Non-Clinical, Bioassay Development,
Exploratory Biomarkers, Stability and Central Labs, teams, bringing
their expertise in all the categories related to Lab Services and
Strategic Sourcing together to drive operational, financial, and
strategic efficiencies. These efforts have a direct impact on our
ability and speed to drive toward our unquestionable mission,
Reporting to the Head of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, the
Strategic Sourcing Leader - Lab Services will conduct vendor
selection processes, vendor alliance management activities and
support internal procurement systems and controls to enable
achievement of Gates MRI objectives.
- Work collaboratively with business owners and other
- understand business needs to develop fit for purpose sourcing
and supplier strategies and drive expectations regarding strategic
- lead the Vendor Selection Process including Request for
Proposals (RFPs), bid defenses, and vendor selection to start
contracting processes, in accordance with Gates MRI procurement
guidance and related policies. Ensure appropriate documentation of
competitive bidding and exceptions is created and maintained to
support Quality Audits and other record keeping requirements.
- Drive the contracting process as liaison between business
owners, legal and vendors to facilitate efficient communication of
business requirements and resolution of negotiated terms. Lead the
negotiations of business terms to ensure Gates MRI is positioned
favorably in the supplier community.
- Conduct market analysis, option development, due diligence and
collaborative sourcing events with active coordination and
participation from key leadership stakeholders; develop
recommendations and gain leadership consensus.
- Build and manage vendor relationships to ensure highest level
of performance against objectives within budget and KPI's.
Establish and maintain routine business reviews with business
owners and vendors to ensure excellent communications throughout
the term of the relationship. Establish and report vendor KPIs,
establish and maintain Preferred Vendor List, provide
recommendations for adjustments to vendor contracts / supplier
strategies. Support change order business review and approval
- Ensure smooth and efficient transfer of required data from
contract execution to purchase order generation
- Support and conduct communication and training for procurement
and strategic sourcing activities.
- Collaborate closely with Finance, Legal and other stakeholders
to drive compliance and excellent business outcomes.
- Uphold Fiscal Stewardship principles to ensure suppliers
understand the value of the resources provided by the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Other activities and ad hoc requests as directed by Head of
Strategic Sourcing & Procurement.
- 8-10 years strategic sourcing/procurement experience in the
biotech or pharma industry required.
- Excellent stakeholder management skills. Demonstrated ability
to translate requirements between a scientific community and a
contract development community.
- Excellent communication and facilitation skills. Excellent
attention to detail, documentation skills. Ability to work under
pressure, in ambiguous and fast past, changing environment.
- Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment to
escalate issues in a timely manner to facilitate speedy
- Ability to prioritize projects and activities. Ability to
manage complex internal and external resources (people, systems &
technology, time, information) under deadlines.
- Strong financial acumen and experience in business case
development, cost modeling, Total Cost of Ownership, and other
financial decision approaches.
- Extensive experience with suppliers related to the subject
matter, competitive bidding processes and negotiating complex
contracts for: Global, Regional and Local Lab Services
Organizations outsourced models, drug development and support of
including but not limited to: Discovery, Non-Clinical, Bioassay
Development, Exploratory Biomarkers, Stability and Central Labs,
Supply side management, Functional Service Provider (FSP)
- Ability to summarize complex issues and evaluate opportunities
for improved functionality and quality.
- Ability to successfully negotiate and influence both internal
and external partners.
- Strong analytical, problem solving and risk assessment
- High sense of urgency and demonstrated ability to deliver
results and identify and drive process improvements.
- Extensive experience in establishing key/preferred suppliers
for categories under management.
- Extensive experience with developing Supplier Relationship
Management and Governance Oversight for suppliers that are
considered key or preferred.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees,
employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a
Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full
vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All
employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full
vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to
If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or
recruitment process, please submit a request to
We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value.
We're committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both
personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should
reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to
serve-in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs-and we support
this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission
will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without
regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual
orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression,
national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital
status, and prior protected activity.
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