Global Category Manager – Financial Services

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Global Category Manager – Financial Services

This position can be based in Warsaw or Krakow, Poland.

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Procurement and Category Management? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.


The role sits in the Indirects & Enabling Functions Procurement team. As a category-owner within AstraZeneca’s (AZ) Global Procurement function you will develop and deploy global category strategies and plans for the Financial Services category, which have an annual addressable spend of c$80M.

You will responsible for the overall category, which includes the subcategories of Financial Audit and Assurance, Tax Advisory, Corporate Card and Transactional Finance categories.

Finance strategy is globally driven and you will need to interact with stakeholders from across the enterprise (multiple SET areas) to understand and meet their requirements. This includes building a close relationship with the Leadership teams within the different Finance functions, and interaction with SET-1 leaders.

You will need to collaborate with Procurement colleagues in each of the regions to understand demand and requirements from the local AZ Marketing Companies to ensure the category strategy is truly global. Additionally, you will need to work closely with Procurement colleagues in the Source-to-Contract team in GPS Warsaw to ensure that opportunities within the category are maximised and executed in an agile way.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Develop long term (5 year) strategic plans for the entire spend area within AstraZeneca. Ensure a fully integrated and customer-aligned AZ-wide category plan that incorporates local and regional needs.
  • Oversee implementation of category plan to ensure that the underpinning process improvement and procurement activities deliver the expected business value in accordance with the strategic plans. Collaborate across the ONE Procurement network as required to deliver this.
  • Strategic relationship management (customer and supplier) - to ensure that Category Strategies are highly aligned to current and future Business need and that the supply base is capable of supporting these strategies.
  • Work alongside the Global Procurement Services (GPS) team in Warsaw to execute sourcing and contracting activities in alignment with the category strategy and plan.
  • Coordinate the introduction of new and modified services with appropriate departments
  • Advise on contracts and agreements for the supply of complex services with new and existing suppliers
  • Develop, evaluate and manage internal and external relationships with suppliers and other cross-functional teams.

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Degree level or equivalent qualifications
  • Significant experience in similar environment at management level
  • Project management, change management and people management skills
  • Significant experience in Financial Services categories
  • Communication skills and ability to influence others
  • Comfort with risk and ambiguous situations


  • Good working knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Understanding of GDPR (UK) and data privacy risks.
  • Proficiency in Procurement and other business-related systems, e.g. ERP, Ariba, Jaggaer, Coupa
  • Experie of working in a complex matrix organization

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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