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Senior Director - Life Sciences E2E Supply Chain SME

  • Remote - United Kingdom / Remote - Germany / Amsterdam, Netherlands / Remote - Ireland / Remote - Netherlands / Remote - Spain / Remote - Portugal
  • Research & Advisory


Research Director – Life Sciences Supply Chain Expert

Location: Remote - Flexible in Europe, ideally Ireland or UK

About this role:  

A Research Director in the Supply Chain practice advises end clients on the best practices on key initiatives such as end-to-end supply chain imperatives and trends, digitization of the supply chain, how to assess capability and move up the maturity curve, measuring performance with a focus on cost and service improvements, as well as best practices in connecting sourcing and procurement, planning and logistics. The key activities performed include: client advisory calls, conducting research and producing written content, presenting at Gartner events, and supporting sales teams by speaking with prospective clients to demonstrate Gartner subject-matter expertise. The role also requires collaboration with peers, partnering on research and writing and participation in research communities.  

What you’ll do:  

  • Conduct and produce research on trends and best practices in end-to-end supply chain end for life sciences, including digitization of the supply chain, how to assess capability and move up the maturity curve, measuring performance with a focus on cost and service improvements, as well as best practices in connecting sourcing and procurement, planning and logistics.
  • Cover the specified areas as well as applicable adjacent areas, while maintaining a view across a broad spectrum of the market, to produce innovative, thought-leading, impactful, analytically deep, fact-based research.
  • Geographic focus of research is global with most clients located in Europe and North America
  • Produce provoking, pragmatic, thought-leading, fact-based research that is impactful for our clients.  
  • Develop broad coverage in the end-to-end life sciences supply chain and support for the head of supply chain and head of supply chain strategy roles. 
  • Drive new and topical research on best practices in related topics covering all life sciences sub-segments including pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, and medical devises
  • Responsible for conducting research and writing in-depth reports and shorter notes that demonstrate a mastery of best practices and strategies to guide user decision-making. Proficiency in developing graphics and converting written content to presentation materials is an advantage
  • Conduct ongoing interaction with clients and prospects in senior supply chain roles (including meetings, conference calls, strategy sessions and formal presentations).
  • Prepare and deliver high-value presentations and other materials at Gartner, industry and professional association conferences, and client briefings.  Collaborate across research groups to ensure presentations and messages comprehensively represent best practices.
  • Support the Gartner sales team in driving new business through proof of capability discussions, remote or on-site.
  • Where appropriate lead the research process by identifying critical questions facing Gartner clients and crafting appropriate research methods to address them. Provide in-depth analysis based on extensive client input and personal experience.
  • Drive client demand for your personal analysis and presentations.
  • Lead or participate in research community meetings to discuss research issues and collaborate effectively with peers. 

What you’ll need to perform this job successfully: 

The individual must be able to perform essential duties in an analytical and articulate manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Preferable would be demonstrated knowledge in:

  • At least two supply chain functional experiences from planning, sourcing/procurement, manufacturing or distribution.
  • Line experience versus project experience is desired.  A combination of line and project experience will also be considered.
  • Commercial supply chain experience is essential, clinical trials supply chain experience would be beneficial but not required
  • Experience leading people.
  • Ideal candidate will have had a variety of experiences across different life science companies.  If at one company only, must have a variety of experiences across supply chain functions and regions. 
  • Global experience is desirable.
  • Must demonstrate experience designing and implementing supply chain strategies.  Having transformation experience would be desirable.
  • Ability to link best practices, business strategies, goals & metrics to client’s business strategies.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills. Written work must be concise and persuasive.
  • Demonstrate excellent analytical skills, applying conceptual models, recognizing patterns, and drawing and defending conclusions. Strong business and financial acumen as well as analytical skills are required for this position.
  • Experience with the best practices and issues facing end users (“clients”).  Demonstrate a curiosity for new ideas and best practices in supply chain and logistics operations.  
  • Articulate and succinct communication skills; ability to explain complex ideas effectively and presenting to large groups in workshops and conferences desired.
  • Strong project planning and management skills with a strong team-working ethos.
  • Some international travel as required from time to time.
  • 10+ years of experience in Supply Chain, with demonstrated broad expertise in supply chain strategy and execution in the life sciences sector.
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum. 

Who you are:

  • Collaborative: experienced providing service and collaborating with global colleagues.
  • Organized - skilled at multitasking, prioritizing and working under tight deadlines and high volume.   
  • Confident – able to make sound decisions on projects with minimum supervision. Effective communicator
  • Analytically savvy – have strong critical thinking and analytical capabilities
  • Detail oriented - skilled at recognizing and troubleshooting errors. 


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