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Regional Category Manager, R&D Medical Affairs

Regional Category Manager, R&D Medical Affairs, Novartis, Prague, Czech Republic

3 – The number of values that we live by: Trust, Respect and Collaboration. Our mission is to discover new ways to improve and extend peoples’ lives.

The Regional Procurement Category Manager, R&D, Medical Affairs (clinical) plans and leads all strategic aspects within the category of Medical Affairs (clinical), across divisions, on a regional level and develops proposals for strategic business decisions. The role provides high value procurement solutions to the business and category strategies; support third party vendor selection, vendor development, technology management and performance measurement activities. He acts as a business partner to the stakeholders. The Regional Procurement Category Manager, R&D, Medical Affairs (clinical) ensures best-in-class delivery of external services and products in the Medical Affairs (clinical) category to support projects and to realize year-on-year productivity improvements, cost savings, and process improvements in close collaboration with the stakeholders in the business.

Your key responsibilities:
Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • The role is responsible for all Medical Affairs (Novartis) Regional & Local spend for the clinical services within the regions. The services consist of full service CRO models with goals for value creation and continuous improvement. Specifically, you will be responsible to develop sourcing strategies for clinical study delivery supporting Novartis’ development pipeline.
  • Establish strategic category plans tailored to assigned categories/sub-categories, in congruence with organizational objectives. Lead the sourcing, negotiation and contracting to leverage buying power and recommend appropriate Procurement strategies and tactics to obtain desired results
  • Support/Lead the design and implementation of executive governance around preferred suppliers the objective of which is to ensure performance delivery, continuous improvement, and access to innovation from supplier arrangements to achieve value contribution targets on a global basis
  • Negotiate complex Commercial Terms and Master Services Agreements working collaboratively with Business Stakeholders, Legal, Data Privacy and Supplier Quality
  • Accountable for a proportion of the overall Clinical category savings target and leads proactive category projects, spanning sourcing projects, demand management and process improvement, as well as managing sub-category specific supplier performance and innovation activities to support the delivery of the global procurement targets.
  • Provide financial and business analysis (e.g. Data mining of supplier spend from Procurement and Financial Systems, output analysis and interpretation), supporting global market intelligence in the category area and acting as the focal point for category subject matter expertise to the global business and procurement community.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse team’s representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Minimum requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:

  • Master’s Degree/other advanced degree in Lifesciences or Pharmaceutical sciences
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in strategic negotiations, alliances, and operations in R&D at a pharmaceutical company or a contract research organization.
  • Emphasis on business, experience with clinical processes and activities and associated ESP services, with excellent understanding of study management and overall integration of clinical data system and processes
  • Strong project management and/or other leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of Regional & Global R&D Clinical CRO market
  • Excellent spoken and written English.

You’ll receive:
Monthly pension contribution matching your individual contribution up to 3% of your gross monthly base salary; Risk Life Insurance (full cost covered by Novartis); 5-week holiday per year; (1 week above the Labour Law requirement) ; 4 paid sick days within one calendar year in case of absence due to sickness without a medical sickness report; Cafeteria employee benefit program – choice of benefits from Benefit Plus Cafeteria in the amount of 12,500 CZK per year; Meal vouchers in amount of 90 CZK for each working day (full tax covered by company); Car Allowance; MultiSport Card. Find out more about Novartis Business Services:

Why consider Novartis?

766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

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Accessibility and accommodation:

Novartis is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to all individuals. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the recruitment process, or in order to receive more detailed information about the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.



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Czech Republic

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Full Time

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