Taiho Oncology

  • Director, Supplier Sourcing

    Job Locations US-NJ-Princeton
    Regular Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    Taiho Oncology, Inc. works urgently to discover and develop innovative cancer treatments. As cancer evolves, we evolve with it—bringing novel technology to cornerstone chemotherapies, while at the same time optimizing new targeted agents. Advanced technology, dedicated investigators, and incomparable facilities—these vast resources empower us to redefine the way the world treats cancer. It’s our work; it’s our passion; it’s our legacy.


    Director, Supplier Sourcing sets and executes sourcing strategies for Taiho Oncology Inc. and Taiho Pharma Canada Inc., closely collaborating with the business stakeholders across both organizations. Responsibilities include management of RFI & RFP, establishment and maintenance of supplier governance, sourcing policy management, and commercial diversity compliance. The incumbent also collaborates with R&D outsourcing department of Taiho HQ and other Otsuka group companies in Japan and the US.


    • Develop and implement sourcing strategies for all Clinical functions, closely working with the stakeholders in the R&D department.
    • Direct the preferred CRO relationships by establishing and maintaining the effective governance structure, both at the team and executive level.
    • Establish Preferred Clinical Suppliers for relevant functions and continually evaluate their effectiveness
    • Collaborate with R&D Outsourcing department of Taiho HQ and other Otsuka group companies in Japan and the US to leverage the volume purchasing power.
    • Cross-functionally work with Commercial, Medical Affairs and Corporate departments to drive cost savings by conducting analysis of spending patterns and negotiating with suppliers based on the analysis.
    • Compiles data to analyze the effectiveness of the supplier diversity program against stated goals.
    • Ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements related to supplier diversity.
    • Establish Preferred Medical Affairs and Commercial suppliers.
    • Establish and maintain supplier sourcing governance structure for Taiho Pharma Canada Inc.
    • Manage and support Request for RFI and RFP processes, including bid comparison analysis/ negotiation and project awards.
    • Negotiates MSA, SOW/ WO, and Change Order in collaboration with Legal, Finance and other internal stakeholders.
    • Work with key stakeholders to develop relevant KPIs which will assist in the evaluation & benchmarking of the suppliers’ performance.
    • Ensure that cost savings are achieved without placing risk on the company's quality and operational timelines.
    • Oversee the management of the procurement system (Total Supplier Manager).\
    • Develop and maintain outsourcing SOPs such as Supplier Identification and Selection SOP, Supplier Diversity SOP, Supplier Selection & Approval, Savings Methodology and any other work instructions necessary for supplier management.
    • Maintain an overall approved and preferred supplier list.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Legal, Life Science, Business Administration, or equivalent; advanced degree is a plus.
    • Ten plus (10 +) years progressive experience in procurement, with expertise in clinical outsourcing and/or supplier management function in a pharmaceutical or clinical research organization.
    • Experience directly managing people and/or leading a cross-functional team.
    • Knowledgeable of internal disciplines such as clinical operations, data management, Pharmacovigilance Operations, Medical Writing and Regulatory Affairs.
    • Clinical outsourcing experience a must, experience for Commercial suppliers a plus.
    • Financial analysis experience which includes budget management, development of and evaluation of pricing models, ability to perform contract impact analysis, which transfers to negotiations of contracts.
    • Knowledge of GCP and regulatory requirements associated with clinical trial management.


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