Senior Category Manager, Professional Services Emerging Categories

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

Preferred location: global with a preference for SSF or Basel


As Senior Category Manager, Professional Services Emerging Categories, you are part of the Professional Services Global Category and Supplier Management team within Roche Global Procurement, and you will be working on developing and executing Global Strategies around emerging categories (with an initial focus on digitalization (RPA) and outsourcing) as part of the Professional Services Category team.

Global Procurement (GP) is a key function that delivers value to Roche by leveraging market knowledge, subject matter expertise and business insights in the procurement of goods and services and the management of Roche’s third party spend. Through collaboration with our external suppliers and internal business partners, GP helps bring innovative tests and medicines to patients.


As the Senior Category Manager Emerging Categories, in collaboration with the other Category team members, you are responsible for identifying, testing and building up new category opportunities so that they can then be fully developed by the other Professional Services category teams into global category strategies. You are proactively identifying opportunities, engaging and partnering with senior Business stakeholders, as well as colleagues in Professional Services global and regional Procurement, and establishing relationships with emerging category suppliers to develop opportunities that contribute to the Professional Services Category objectives and savings targets.

You are a strategic visionary who is able to turn your ideas into deliverables and can operate comfortably in novel territory. Your agile, yet delivery-oriented, mindset helps you identify and prioritize emerging procurement trends and successfully deliver proofs of concept. Thanks to your strong leadership, communication and influencing skills, you secure alignment and support to deliver exceptional value through the implementation of innovative, emerging category projects.

Your responsibilities:

  • Developing a pipeline of emerging category projects by following emerging procurement trends across industries and closely collaborating with the Professional Services Category Managers to identify new category needs within Roche. 
  • Ensuring a robust approach to identifying and developing emerging categories in Professional Services and delivering to the identified measures of success (including % POC success rate and % of category initiatives developed category strategies).
  • Engaging with existing and new suppliers to secure access for Roche to innovative solutions.
  • Obtaining sponsorship for innovative category projects, developing and delivering rigorous proofs of concept and partnering with other Category Managers to transition initiatives for further category development and widescale adoption.
  • Providing innovation and emerging category related input to the development of the overall Professional Services Strategy.
  • Understanding business priorities and challenges and ensuring successful realization of emerging category initiatives by building strong partnerships across geographically dispersed stakeholders and engaging with Professional Services Category Managers and local and regional Procurement.
  • Contributing to the Professional Services team’s culture, objectives and engagement as a member of the Professional Services Leadership Team (reporting into the Head of Professional Services).

Your qualification:

  • University degree, with business, technology or life sciences degree preferable.
  • 7+ years of in-depth strategic and/or operational procurement experience with extensive knowledge of category management and advanced strategic sourcing, ideally with subject matter expertise in technology.
  • Experience working on an innovation team and/or developing and leading innovation programs.
  • Experience in IT system design and deployment a plus.
  • Excellent communication and project management skills with an ability to lead and coordinate cross-functional teams and deliver complex strategic initiatives, in a truly global, fluid, interactive environment.
  • Proven financial and business acumen and capability in negotiation, change management and stakeholder management.
  • Business level fluency in English.

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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