Category Strategy Manager

Tampa, FL
Dec 29, 2022
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For more than 170 years, Pfizer has continuously worked to make a difference by delivering innovative therapies that improve the lives of our patients. By building a talented community of colleagues that align with our patient-focused purpose and core values, Pfizer has improved global health and impacted more than 780 million patients around the world.

In 2021, Pfizer expanded its global footprint to Tampa, establishing a strategic powerhouse that brings together multi-disciplinary, professional services including Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Digital, HR Services, Sourcing, Commercial and Project Management into a single, centralized location. With so many diverse and highly-skilled colleagues supporting multiple functions and services across the organization, Pfizer Tampa offers ample opportunity to engage in newer ways of working that enhance, simplify, and transform how we deliver treatments to our patients.

Located in Heights Union, the Pfizer Tampa site offers a modern industrial design, the latest in innovative technology, and close proximity to Downtown with views of the Tampa Riverwalk and access to the Channel district and Bayshore Boulevard. From an onsite fitness center to top floor panoramic balconies and outdoor patio, our activity-based space will provide various ways of working to offer collaboration and flexibility to colleagues. The Pfizer Tampa site has constructed an atmosphere that fosters interaction and prioritizes colleague health and wellness.

Additionally, to achieve breakthroughs that change patients’ lives, Pfizer is revolutionizing and evolving how colleagues work today. This year, Pfizer launched a new initiative that we call Log In For Your Day where a majority of colleagues can arrange with their manager to work remotely two or three days a week while still maintaining the ability to collaborate regularly in person at our sites. This flexible working model blends the best of remote work and on-site collaboration to drive greater flexibility, support work-life balance, and promote a vibrant, agile, and innovative culture.

Why Patients Need You

Creating value though procurement processes is keeping our products in production and our innovators innovating. Whether you are part of negotiating contracts, managing vendors or forecasting requirements, your role is critical to getting our medicines in the hands of the people who need them most, faster and more efficiently than ever before.

What You Will Achieve

Working with a dynamic team of procurement experts, you will play an important role in negotiating contracts with suppliers for the procurement of Market Research, Data and Analytics and other services. The Category Strategy Manager should be able to flex into other sourcing categories within the Commercial/Marketing/Digital categories of spend as required.

You will facilitate category management, support the implementation of global sourcing strategies for the above mentioned categories of spend, purchase services for ongoing operations and corporate services.

As a Manager, you will provide guidance to operational teams for managing procurement projects. Your planning skills will help in preparing forecasts for resource requirements, and providing areas of improvement for products, processes or services. Through your comprehensive knowledge of principles, concepts and theories of this discipline, you will work towards advancing new concepts and methodologies. You will be able to take a leadership role to facilitate agreements between different teams.

It is your hard work and focus that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Provide guidance and lead projects, managing own time to meet objectives and plan resource requirements for projects across the department.
  • Support Sr Category Managers and Category Director to develop and foster global category strategies and deliver high added value support to key stakeholders
  • Provide Sourcing expertise in the Data, Market Research and Digital spaces for all phases of the sourcing process, including project identification and start up, data collection and analysis, business case development, supplier selection, decision and approval processes, risk management, project execution, and facilitate contract development and support negotiations as applicable.
  • Initiate, develop and prepare Opportunity Analysis for specific spend areas and projects.
  • Deliver targets established for the year, including savings targets.
  • Provide day to day customer relationship management to key stakeholders across different Business Units - Educate and engage stakeholders in sourcing & procurement objectives
  • Build strong relationships with Procurement Regional teams and ensure effective linkages with local and regional colleagues.
  • Effectively deploy global policy, procedures and systems.
  • Develop market expertise in assigned spend categories and remain current on supply market trends, business economics and best sourcing practices that impact the supply market and/or supplier economics
  • Execute the elements of Pfizer's Supplier Management process in accordance with program guidelines.
  • Continually evaluate and monitor market conditions and adjust sourcing strategies accordingly.
  • Ensure efficient operation of transactional activity to meet cost, quality and customer expectations.
  • Effectively utilize Pfizer's eSourcing capabilities globally and regionally in advancing sourcing initiatives.
  • Identify cost savings opportunities and work with the applicable business colleagues.
  • Lead and/or participate in Category Community Teams comprised of regional and local representation.
  • Assure the integrity and compliance with the current Pfizer procurement guidelines and corporate procedures.
  • Mediate to resolve service related issues with internal and external stakeholders.



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience
  • Excellent understanding of the end to end procurement process, including category management, strategic sourcing and supplier management
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing complex, cross-functional projects
  • Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal interactions skills
  • Understanding of analytical models and techniques
  • Strong negotiating techniques and knowledge of procurement procedures
  • Basic knowledge Ariba, System Application & Products eSourcing, and other system related activities
  • Good client engagement and customer relationship management skills
  • Articulate communicator with effective interpersonal skills
  • Contract drafting experience, including Software as a Service


  • Procurement experience in a comparable Blue chip organization and/ or customer service environment

Other Job Details:

  • Relocation support available

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider’s name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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