Allergan Associate Director, R&D Procurement – Non-Clinical/Clinical Trial in Madison, New Jersey

Associate Director, R&D Procurement – Non-Clinical/Clinical Trial

Madison, New Jersey, United States at

▾ ▸ 1 additional location

Irvine, California, United States

2 days agoPost Date

180413Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

Allergan is a company that will inspire you to aim high with your ambition. Where you can build bridges all over the world. Where you can power ideas that drive change. And where you will act fast and drive results for customers and patients. Power your future & join our bold team.

Position Description

The Associate Director, R&D Procurement - Non-Clinical Services will actively support the development and implementation of strategies for the Allergan Non-clinical services sourcing categories.

The Associate Director, R&D Procurement - Non-Clinical Services works closely with Allergan Legal, Global Brands R&D (including Non-Clinical, Translational Sciences, Clinical Development, Clinical Operations, Research & Scientific Innovation, as assigned), Finance, and Global Procurement, teams to ensure these strategies and their related implementation plans are managed proactively and through cross-functional teams.

This position will be directly aligned within R&D globally to ensure that all Preclinical & Early Phase services in support of clinical development that are performed by suppliers meet Allergan’s cost, quality, and delivery requirements and will work closely with managers and leaders in each area.

Main Areas of Responsibilities

  • Strategic Sourcing : Actively contribute to the development and implementation of sourcing strategies for R&D Non-clinical services. Lead and support the supplier selection process, including the selection of transactional and preferred vendors, for designated programs and/or Non-Clinical services.

  • Achieve Significant Synergies and Cost Savings : Proactively support Non-clinical services category assessment teams to ensure that all potential opportunities for operational, quality, and financial synergies are identified, tracked, and implemented.

  • Contract Management : Develop and foster relationships with preferred/alliance suppliers to ensure clear communication, create an environment of partnership, and agreed-to contractually committed levels of service, quality, delivery, and cost

  • Requirement Definitions : Proactively work with business partners to identify sourcing and contracting requirements in advance of supplier communications to ensure clear specifications, requirements, and alignment across the Allergan team prior to initiating requests or agreements with suppliers.

  • Request Proposals : Follow a high-quality, consistent, expeditious and effective process to ensure that the proper sources of supply are evaluated and selected to support the business need. Prepare, finalize, and distribute requests for proposal to suppliers with a team of internal Allergan stakeholders.

  • Negotiate Agreements : Negotiate master services, confidentiality, service standards, and other supplier agreements based on Allergan templates and with the support of Allergan functional and legal teams to ensure high quality, provide clarity, obtain competitive costs, document timelines, and mitigate risk.

  • Category Profile : Document and maintain a comprehensive category profile for the Non-clinical services categories.


  • Deliver Business Results : (1) understand Allergan’s business requirements, and clearly include these within supplier contracts, (2) demonstrate and apply functional knowledge, experiences, and management skills to promote team performance and continual improvement across the organization’s work with R&D services suppliers, (3) ensure applicable suppliers execute services as committed, and (4) handle issue resolution for outsourced services.

  • Enhance Organizational Performance : (1) foster clear, consistent, and open collaboration across the extended Allergan and supplier teams, (2) identify and pursue new ideas and constructive change to support improved execution from both Allergan and our suppliers, and (3) support the issue escalation process at the operational level and ensure timely escalation to senior leadership.

  • Demonstrate Personal Leadership : (1) act with integrity, initiative, and sound judgment to reinforce trust, professionalism, and commitments, (2) communicate regularly, openly, and effectively both within Allergan and to our suppliers, as appropriate, and (3) inspire and empower peers, Allergan team and suppliers, as appropriate, to achieve and exceed objectives.

  • Develop Human Capital : (1) attract, assemble, and retain a high-caliber, multidisciplinary team to support sourcing activities, supplier performance, governance, relationships, and assessments, and (2) continuously develop self and others through both formal and informal training, skill development, communication, performance management and growth opportunities.

  • Minimum of 5 - 10 years in biotechnology/ pharmaceutical industry or equivalent experience. Minimum of 5 years direct experience in a clinical/ preclinical/early-phase outsourcing/contracts function. Ideally, with direct engagement with CROs, Toxicology Laboratories, and/or other Non-clinical suppliers.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development of contract management processes.

  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively with Executives and Senior Leaders, both internally and externally.

  • Excellent business/financial acumen, proficient in leading and managing for cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to lead, motivate, influence and drive change at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to understand the factors affecting the finances and/or operations of suppliers.

  • Excellent global supplier management skills with ability foster and leverage professional relationships.

  • Ability to identify and solve complex contractual, process, operational business challenges, and know when to seek assistance.


  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in business or relevant technical discipline.

  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in relevant field and/or Juris Doctorate (JD)

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Allergan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.