Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on prevention against diseases with major unmet needs. Valneva’s portfolio includes two commercial vaccines for travelers: IXIARO®/JESPECT® indicated for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis and DUKORAL® indicated for the prevention of cholera and, in some countries, prevention of diarrhea caused by ETEC. The Company has various vaccines in development including unique vaccines against Lyme disease, chikungunya and COVID-19. Valneva has operations in Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and the US with over 500 employees.

An opportunity has arisen at Valneva Scotland for a Supply Chain Coordinator – Procurement Buyer.

Job Summary

Liaise and negotiate with critical suppliers to secure the most favourable terms for the immediate and strategic long-term business requirements.  To ensure through day to day planning and supervision that all materials, services and equipment is procured in line with quality and regulatory expectations, at the most favourable cost and in compliance with Company procedure.

Responsibilities

  • Liaise with key internal stakeholders to prepare for finalisation of contracts for goods, services and materials in accordance with Company policy
  • Carry out all procurement activities to defined SOP’s and protocols for the effective sourcing and supply of materials and services, ensuring they are executed in compliance with cGMP standards
  • Coordinate with key internal stakeholders to prepare and support negotiations with critical suppliers. Deliver quantitative cost, quality and service improvement as a result of negotiation
  • Support in the development of strategic business partnerships with the appropriate supplier’s based on risk and commercial opportunity. Plan and develop new, improved sources of supply for current and future needs with an obligation to permanently gain information on requirements, market, prices and generally important economic issues and coherences.
  • Collate and report key quality and business metrics, and use such metrics to drive a culture of continuous process improvement
  • Ensure that any deviations to materials, services, facilities, processes or procedures are being escalated and addressed in an appropriate, timely fashion
  • Be accountable that all direct and indirect work areas are clean, tidy and well organised and in a state of continuous inspection readiness. Conduct all activities in the most careful and safe manner and in full compliance with HSE requirements.
  • Ensure that any change controls, investigations and CAPA´s related to procurement are being escalated and addressed in an appropriate, timely fashion
  • Identify areas for continuous improvement
  • Actively contribute to the development and maintenance of an enthusiastic, supportive and collaborative environment within the team-setting
  • Ensure ERP system data is maintained in a timely and accurate fashion
  • Manage external warehouses for call off material, ensuring adequate stocks of materials are on hand at all times and in date for manufacturing requirements
  • Create and maintain risk plans for all critical materials
  • Working cross functionally, improve the performance of existing suppliers and escalate, as appropriate, poor performance possible alternative routes of supply
  • Shift work and out of hours work as required
  • To undertake any other duties as requested by the line manager in accordance with company requirements

Experience

  • Relevant work experience in a regulated industry preferably in Manufacturing or Logistics
  • Strong knowledge of (and experience working within) quality management systems and cGMP
  • CIPS qualified, or relevant qualification/education in Procurement
  • Strong knowledge and experience in the preparation and execution of high level management supplier negotiations.
  • Experience managing a complex supply chain to highlight and mitigate areas of risk
  • Lean or 6-Sigma experience or working experience would be favourable

Required Skills

  • Proven track record of building strategic long term and value add supplier relationships implementing the appropriate agreements and contracts
  • Strong business and commercial acumen with the ability to focus and prioritise critical tasks
  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills
  • Self-motivated, energetic and value-driven
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