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Lilly Purchasing Manager - Indirect Materials (MRO) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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 35,000 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.

Organization Overview:

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.


The position of Purchasing Manager - Indirect Materials (MRO) will manage the processes, systems, and suppliers that provide indirect materials and services for internal RTP Lilly operations.

The scope of this role includes GMP and non-GMP indirect materials and services that support multiple areas within the Lilly RTP site.


  • Create, develop, implement a robust process to manage indirect materials used at the Lilly RTP site

  • Develop and implement strategies to manage indirect material delivery, inventory storage, and disbursement, in ‘supermarkets’ and satellite storerooms throughout the Lilly RTP site

  • Develop standards and resource planning to ensure accurate, in-stock inventory and timely issue resolution of indirect materials including inventory controls and physical inventory counts

  • Identify and manage the appropriate system (Lilly or external) to be used to manage indirect/MRO materials

  • Lead and implement Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) initiatives where possible to support multiple areas at the Lilly RTP site (Fisher Scientific, etc.)

  • Working with internal colleagues from multiple areas at the Lilly RTP site, identify and source indirect materials as well as the appropriate stocking and reorder points required to meet Lilly RTP’s business needs

  • Where necessary, solicit, source and evaluate new suppliers to meet Lilly RTP’s business needs

  • Follow and execute Lilly onboarding processes and Change Controls required for new suppliers

  • Relay material changes to supplier quality for evaluation and partner to onboard new material, as required

  • Manage and build strong relationships with suppliers of indirect materials used at the Lilly RTP site

  • Manage and monitor supplier performance for on time delivery, quality, accuracy and responsiveness

  • Manage and oversee supplier, material and purchasing master data within systems that manage indirect materials

  • Resolve receiving and invoicing issues with suppliers

  • Create, place, monitor and manage purchase orders for indirect materials used at the Lilly RTP site

  • Project participation and leadership for special projects, process improvements, launches, etc.

  • Support the start-up of the RTP site, partnering with Operations, Quality, Planning, Procurement, and Warehouse to purchase indirect materials required for start-up activities and routine operations

  • Create standard operating procedures (SOPs) and processes related to indirect materials

  • Support various global initiatives where necessary, including Lilly contracting standards, ethics and policies

  • Recruit, hire, train and manage direct reports as Lilly RTP site grows and indirect material workload grows

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum of 5 years work experience

  • Experience managing indirect/MRO materials and purchasing

  • Experience in manufacturing, procurement, or supply chain functions

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Self-directed and pro-active with a get-it-done approach to deliver results

  • Ability to work through ambiguity and drive solutions in a startup environment

  • Ability to develop solutions where processes and procedures do not currently exist

  • Strong organizational, technical and analytical skills

  • Ability to track details of multiple projects

  • Experience in a GMP/pharmaceutical environment

  • Experience supervising and managing direct reports

  • Basic SAP experience

  • Ability to work independently with little day-to-day direction

  • Capability to prioritize and multi-task effectively

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe work environment and accountable for supporting all safety objectives

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills working inclusively with other functions and teams

Additional Information

  • Shift: Daytime

  • Location: US, Durham (RTP), NC

Some travel may be required (<10%)

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