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  • Posted: Oct 27, 2020
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    Aspen has a proud heritage dating back more than 160 years and is committed to sustaining life and promoting healthcare through increasing access to its high quality affordable medicines and products. Aspen has a market capitalisation of approximately US$10 billion, is the largest pharmaceutical company listed on the JSE Limited (share code: APN) and ranks a...
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    Procurement Manager


    • Lead Spend Control Tower activities
    • Identify, lead and develop Continuous Improvement and Stakeholder Management initiatives to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity in Procurement

    Continuous improvement

    • Take responsibility for productivity/ cost efficiency targets and key compliance metrics (e.g. process compliance; internal audits)
    • Manage quality and CI of the end-to-end procurement process, including compliance to policies, strategies and processes

    Spend control tower (SCT)

    • Prepare materials, contracts and change requests for SCT meetings
    • Execute decisions made during meetings
    • Maintain governance processes of the SCT

    Stakeholder management

    • Create strategic category plans to develop long-term supplier relationships that will provide consistent benefits for the organisation
    • Lead and build effective relationships with key suppliers to drive value for Aspen through cost-effectiveness and innovation
    • Drive implementation of supplier strategies
    • Manage foreign and local supplier landscape in line with business strategies and global Procurement goals and strategies
    • Optimise the supply base through consolidation and leverages and negotiates pricing on combined volumes with industry-leading suppliers to reduce the cost of goods and overheads
    • Increase spend under contract and negotiates supply agreements with vendors, improving commercial conditions

    Risk management

    • Set up effective processes to ensure optimum risk assessment, feasibility assessment and planning are implemented
    • Manage the legal/ economic implications of Procurement activities
    • Assess and mitigate risks associated with the Procurement function
    • Perform supplier risk assessment and develop mitigation plans

    Unit management

    • Provide technical and operational input during the drafting of unit strategy and operational objectives
    • Guide operational planning and advise on prioritisation of activities
    • Provide input into budgets and resource requirements for unit
    • Request and allocate assets and resources for the fulfilment of work objectives and monitor their use
    • Provide unit staff with day-to-day direction and tasks
    • Ensure effective communication between the different Procurement functions and report on Procurement activities as required



    • 10 years’ relevant experience in a production planning or procurement role
    • At least three years in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
    • Proven capability to manage people and processes
    • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Supply Chain Management, or a similar field

    Specific job skills

    • Thorough knowledge of Pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and operations environment
    • Demonstrated managerial capability


    • Customer Awareness
    • Meeting Deadlines
    • Making Decisions
    • Planning and Organising
    • Interrogating Information
    • Offering Insights

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Aspen Pharma Group on to apply

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