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Head of Direct & CMO Procurement


Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium

Job Function:  Supply Chain
Job ID:  65044

 Are you ready to join a highly engaged, diverse and motivated team and create impact for UCB and value for people living with severe diseases?




At UCB Procurement we’re on a transformational journey aimed to leverage our function to generate incremental value for UCB and for our patients. Acting as a knowledgeable and trusted advisor, our purpose as a Procurement department is to systematically connect the needs of our business stakeholders to innovative solution coming from our partners and suppliers.

Throughout this journey we have been evolving our procurement value offering to go beyond traditional sourcing and to include other service lines such as Market Intelligence, Procurement Insights, Risk Management, Supplier Relationship Management, Stakeholder Experience Management, …

But we’re not only committed to making a difference in the lives of people living with severe diseases, we also want to positively impact the environment in which they live. For that reason, we’re working in close collaboration with our partners to do both well and good at the same time by making sustainable sourcing a reality.

We passionately believe that we can only deliver these impactful results by building solid relationship with our stakeholders and suppliers, by growing and nurturing our market knowledge, and by developing our analytical skills and competencies. 

Alongside a solid backbone of traditional procurement processes, tools and methodologies, we have already implemented innovative solution and we are constantly looking at opportunities to automate, outsource or simplify tasks and routines to let you dedicate more time and enable you to focus on what create impact for UCB and value for our patients.

You will benefit from joining a divers and high-performing team where cost and cash optimization remain an expected result but whereby the focus has shifted towards those value drivers beyond saving.

Next to our terms of employment and benefits, we genuinely believe in the importance of our team and the personal development of our team members and therefor invest considerable resources to make UCB Procurement the best place to work .


A day in your (working) life

You will be joining the procurement team as a direct report of the CPO and you’ll be closely involved in shaping and driving the strategic agenda of the department. The Head of Direct and CMO Procurement is a critical leadership role which will require you to work transversally with our colleagues, especially in manufacturing, to deliver best value across the direct and CMO spend portfolio.

To be successful in your role you will need to build solid relationships and trust with your colleagues, your business stakeholders and the suppliers in your portfolio. Key success factors in your position will be your ability to sophistically influence stakeholders, create alignment around a shared vision and mobilize cross-functional teams to deliver sustainable results.

As you’re someone with a passion for people development, you’re able to effectively coach team members and can leverage their competencies to ensure proper support towards the business and deliver the expected value beyond savings.


More specifically, in your role we expect you to:

  • Lead the Direct and CMO Procurement function in a manner that maximizes contribution to the achievement of business objectives, profitability and return on investment
  • Design and maintain a long-term procurement strategy for your specific area aligned to UCB’s overall business strategy
  • Work as a strategic business partner to develop and prioritize procurement change programs and projects to enable delivery of the short- and long-term objectives
  • Influence and shape strategies, tactics and plans developed in conjunction with the broader procurement team
  • Coach team in the use of sophisticated commercial models, reports and forecasts to challenge and strengthen decision making processes across the business area
  • Optimize key relationships across UCB to take full advantage of efficiencies and leverage best practices
  • Network externally to ensure you remain abreast of current world class thinking
  • Work in partnership with the business and Procurement colleagues to ensure that an environment of continued professional development is created, and individual and team performance is managed effectively
  • Coach, performance manage and identify development opportunities for direct reports, ensuring appropriate succession planning and creation of a strong development culture


Area that play to your strengths

  • Master’s degree, Professional Business Qualification and an extensive and significant track-record in senior strategic Procurement
  • Mindset and behaviors that are aligned to working in a global pharmaceutical company where compliance, reputation management and the highest ethical standards are at the heart of our values
  • Strong leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to spot & develop talent, build Procurement teams and empower others to accomplish individual and organizational objectives
  • Experience in direct procurement and CMO procurement required, background in the Pharmaceutical industry is beneficial
  • Demonstrates successful track-record of driving performance across a complex matrix within a global enterprise and has the ability to influence and optimize operating models for his/her functional area
  • Ability to influence strategically, solve problems using conceptual and analytical thinking and constructively work through conflict
  • Strong influencing skills, including being able to operate at Executive levels within the organization
  • Fluent English, other languages are considered a bonus.

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