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At STADA we pursue our purpose “Caring for people‘s health as a trusted partner” worldwide. Originally founded by pharmacists, we are a leading manufacturer of high-quality pharmaceuticals. More than 12,300 employees around the globe live our values Integrity, Entrepreneurship, Agility and One STADA to achieve ambitious goals and shape the successful future of STADA.


Our global Headquarter, STADA Arzneimittel AG, is located in Bad Vilbel near Frankfurt am Main. For the department of External Supply Operations we are looking for a

(Senior) Manager (f/m/d) External Supply Organisation (ESO) 

Bad Vilbel | Deutschland (DE) | Full-time | Permanent 


Your responsibilities:


  • Manage performance of assigned global contract manufacturers
  • Ensure on time and in full delivery from the contract manufacturers, at favourable sourcing conditions
  • Responsibility for the management of assigned external manufacturing organizations, including on-going contractual oversight
  • Initiate negotiate and complete supply agreements with the contract manufacturers
  • Establish strategic relationship with the third-party suppliers and act as primary contact for all business collaborations
  • Implement and lead regular MBRs (Management Business Reviews) with senior stakeholders of assigned suppliers to review the performance and identify strategies for improvements
  • Drive continuous improvement of the overall business relationship
  • Collaborate on forecasting, production planning and supply chain business process activities to ensure continuity of supply and avoidance of back-orders
  • Act as primary contact for communications and resolution of supply chain and technical issues that may impact timely supply of product and/or contractual obligations
  • Proactively identify supply risks and create strategies to avoid or minimize their impact
  • Lead the necessary activities to manage and execute risk mitigation plans
  • Ensure Cross functional coordination with the internal stakeholders
  • Proactively review the sourcing conditions, challenge the CoGs (Cost of Goods) and identify optimization measures
  • Evaluate, initiate and track product transfers (Site to Site; in-sourcing)
  • CMO supply KPIs (OTIF, lead times adherence, quality compliance, Lost Next Sales)
  • Management of suppliers
  • Sourcing value development


Your qualification:


  • Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, chemistry, or related science (with focus on manufacturing technology), or technical engineer
  • 5+ years of experience in operations within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical or related, GMP regulated industry
  • Proven capabilities in managing external manufacturers is a plus
  • Fluency in English
  • German or any other European language would be a plus
  • Very high negotiating skills
  • Clear, concise and well structured communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Independent, structured and goal-oriented with a good sense for interdisciplinary context
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and interpersonal skills
  • Able to lead and influence to drive things forward and achieve results
  • A passionate, ambitious mindset
  • Profound knowledge of pharmaceutical contract manufacturing organizations
  • Very well understanding of the manufacturing processes within the pharma industry
  • Able to think, act and initiate in operational, tactical and strategic terms
  • An analytical mindset that can set priorities clearly and bring ideas how to executed projects


Are you looking for new challenges where you can make a difference for people’s health? We are looking for candidates with expert knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit that enjoy working collaboratively in a global team. We would be pleased get to know you. Please use our online job portal to submit your application: jobs.stada.com

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