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Lilly Procurement Associate - Direct Materials in Lebanon, Indiana

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Lilly is currently constructing an advanced manufacturing facility for production of API molecules located in Lebanon, IN. This facility is Lilly’s largest investment in manufacturing capacity and is intended to provide APIs for current and future products, including new modalities. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the Lebanon Plant 1 (LP1) team for the startup of a greenfield manufacturing site, and the successful candidate will help to build the organization, the facility and the culture to enable a successful startup into GMP manufacturing operations.

Lilly LP1 Procurement team provides both strategic and tactical support for the sourcing of the initial facility delivery and future direct and indirect production materials and services from the site’s third-party supplier network.

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to be a part of a growing team supporting a greenfield site? Come use your previous procurement, negotiation and contract experience and help our team build something special that will impact people around the world!

Some things you'll do in the role:

Procurement of Supplies and Services

  • Prepare and negotiate agreements and contracts with maintenance, lab and production operations supplies and service suppliers so that risk and costs are minimized.

  • Drive Procurement activities by incorporating Category Management strategy.

  • Ensuring Technology is applied in our Procurement strategy by driving use of Ariba Catalogs and Guided Buying content in purchase of goods & services.

  • Work with the business team members to develop business needs and KPI’s to measure vendor performance in delivery of goods and services.

  • Drive negotiation and implementation of outsourced agreements and contribute in post implementation governance activities.

Management of site/supplier relationships

  • Build and maintain relationships with local site suppliers (including negotiations) while integrating global suppliers into the site’s supply chain, with a view to continuous improvement.

  • Ensure Risk Assessment process is followed for Vendors the site interacts with.

  • Drive usage of E-Invoicing with Supplier base and assist in resolving invoicing issues

  • Lead supplier relations management activities for strategic third-party suppliers. Drive action items, resolve issues, and persistent improvement initiatives with suppliers.

  • Support decisions regarding quality of materials/suppliers and resolve issues of material/supplier, while maintaining high-quality supplier relations.

  • Conduct benchmarking analysis to evaluate market landscape for supported categories.

Support/Influence site business needs

  • Work closely with suppliers and internal customers to ensure all internal specifications and standards are met.

  • Ensure legal, quality, health & safety, ethical and environmental standards are maintained and developed.

  • Form and maintain close working relationships with demand planners and buyers as appropriate to ensure supply continuity, security, and integrity while optimizing processes and minimizing waste.

  • Partner with buyers/planners to ensure that materials data (e.g., safety stock needs, pricing) are accurate and updated on a minimum annual basis.

Support local & global procurement policies, goals and objectives

  • Establish and sustain strong relationships with Lilly’s Global Procurement organization as well as counterparts at other Lilly sites.

  • Ensure compliance with Lilly procurement and financial policies and procedures, and regulatory commitments.

  • Drive the usage of Procurement Technology enabled processes such as Guided Buying, Contract Compliance, Catalogs & e-Invoicing.

  • Seek out and implement quality, reliability, efficiency, and cost savings projects with suppliers. Consolidate and present captured and forecasted site savings, in alignment with Global Procurement methodology.

  • Use E-procurement tools in line with procurement strategies and maintain procurement documentation.

Basic Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or similar field.

  • At minimum 1 year experience in procurement-related role.

  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for employment positions.

Additional Preferred skills:

  • Experience in supply chain, manufacturing, and procurement.

  • Proven skills in negotiating and drafting contracts.

  • Autonomous worker with prioritization and productive abilities.

  • Independent decision-making skills with influence over diverse organizations.

  • Proficient in PC/IT and Microsoft Office skills.

  • Strong teamwork, presentation, and relationship skills.

  • Agile learner with adaptability in a dynamic startup environment.

  • Experience working on a start-up initiative.

  • Previous SAP and/or Ariba experience

Additional Information:

  • The position will be located onsite at the Lebanon, Indiana LP1 Site. Initial location will be at Lilly Corporate Center until Lebanon site is operational.

  • Periodic travel may be required to other sites (10%).

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