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Senior Buyer for NTO CH – German Speaking

70! The number of tactical buyers who are supporting both commercial and NTO towers out of Prague, covering region Europe, Switzerland, Middle East and North Africa.

Senior Buyer (m/f/d) is responsible for leading or supporting one or more Procurement categories of all Swiss based Novartis Technical Operations Sites. The Senior Buyer is the key procurement contact to one or more business areas (e.g. division(s), franchise(s), corporate function(s)). The role is accountable for implementing the global Procurement strategic goals on country level as well as develop local sub-category country strategies and successfully manage supplier performance and innovation.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Manage Novartis Operations Operational Expenditure (OPEX) spend for categories like Production Equipment & Maintenance Services and Facility Management Services (~50m CHF) for 3 Sites in Switzerland.
  • Deliver End-2-End Sourcing including tender process, negotiation steps, contracting.
  • Contracting: Contract drafting based on agreed templates. Full terms and conditions or contractual terms negotiation. Contract review and contract content approvals coordination, signature process initiation and monitoring (ink, electronic). Contract archiving in the global standard contract management system.
  • Working closely with internal stakeholders in order to define appropriate local category strategy in line with global procurement category strategy; Actively contribute to the identification of business opportunities resulting in process improvement and savings generation.
  • Lead successful implementation of global strategies/suppliers; support stakeholder alignment and customer satisfaction.
  • Serve as key contact for stakeholders within Engineering, Project Management and Site Management. Build effective relationships of mutual trust and understanding.
  • Accountable of target achievements within respective indirect procurement category (Production Equipment and maintenance services, facility management services)

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

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

Minimum requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:

  • University/Advanced degree in Business Administration/Economics/Engineering/Logistics is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in procurement in a large multinational organization, preferably in pharmaceutical industry and/or GMP environment; Minimum 3 years of experience working in Indirect Procurement.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and German is a must.
  • Accountability, hands-on mentality and proven ability to develop trust-based relationships with key stakeholders. Technical knowledge; strong negotiation and analytical skills.
  • Proven experience in spend reporting, analysis and optimization. Experience with eSourcing tools.
  • Good understanding of Procurement business processes such as Tactical Buying, Catalogue Management, Contract Management, Supplier Setup and Procurement Operations.
  • Excellent communication, people management, stakeholder management and leadership skills.

Possible locations: CZ, Poland or Austria.

You’ll receive (relevant for CZ):
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); Company Car / 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.


Novartis Technical Operations

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Czech Republic

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Alternative Country 1


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Full Time

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