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Category Manager Large Business

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides. With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services. Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. For further information, see

Tasks / Responsibilities:

  • Lead the vendor evaluation and its related negotiations to build a new manufacturer base
  • Management of the vendor base including negotiations, contract management, stakeholder management, qualification management
  • Responsible for the creation/set-up and review of contracts, considering key strategic indicators, to ensure continuous supply and supplier compliance
  • Responsible for the management of the assigned category including long-term strategy, risk management and execution
  • Execution of operational activities related to Purchase to Pay (PtP) processes for the assigned category
  • Manage the initial initiation of the vendor qualification process and support the Vendor Qualification Group as a Subject Matter Expert for all Procurement related topics/tasks
  • Lead- and support cross-functional procurement initiatives
  • Set-up and perform the Vendor Performance Process and support the reporting of the category related KPIs




  • Experience in the chemical and/or pharmaceutical industry of at least 7 years
  • Extensive knowledge of the processes for Category Management and 5+ years hands-on experience in its execution for chemical raw materials
  • Extensive knowledge in Supplier Evaluation, Contract Management and Audits
  • Experienced in leading cross-functional projects
  • Very good communication skills and stakeholder management with internal and external stakeholders; assertive, convincing and conflict management skills required
  • Very good negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders including quality and cost savviness
  • Solution oriented and analytical thinking



  • University Degree (or equivalent) in life science. Any additional degree is a plus
  • Proficiency level in English oral and written. German language skills is a plus
  • Market knowledge of chemical raw material procurement is a benefit
  • Good SAP knowledge
  • Digital mindset