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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Team Lead, Strategic Sourcing in Hyderabad, India


Who is USP?

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

Brief Job Overview

The Senior Team Lead, Strategic Sourcing is a key member of USP’s Procurement & Logistics and will report directly to the Director – Finance, Accounts & Procurement. This position is charged with driving compelling results and value to USP through strategic procurement activities. The role will work closely with senior business leaders to develop category strategies, influence sourcing decisions, vendor consolidation and secure cost savings through negotiations.

Additionally, the Senior Team Lead, Strategic Sourcing will bring procurement resources, tools, methodologies, and judgment to business units to effectively work with suppliers to negotiate optimal terms for sourcing. This involves managing major supplier relationships in an effort to ensure that USP captures appropriate value for the organization, meets acceptable corporate risk profiles, and monitors supplier performance through reporting and business reviews.

How will YOU create impact here at USP?


  • Procurement of Laboratory Chemicals, Solvents, APIs, Intermediates, Impurities, Columns, Glassware, Lab Consumables etc., for Analytical Laboratories from domestic and international market.

  • Procurement of Standards, Cell Cultures, Serums, Gels, Kits, Pipets, and other Reagents required for Biological Lab.

  • Procurement of Merck-Sigma range catalogue chemicals for all other labs at USP India site.

  • Execute Procure to Pay (P2P) or Requisition to pay (RTP) process as per USP guidelines and SOP.

  • Performs market research; Conduct external research to analyze market opportunities, risks, trends, etc., associated with assigned categories; model, monitor, and report trends in underlying cost drivers

  • Conducts spend analytics; uses data to influence change with stakeholders and builds strong ROI cases. Must have strong analytical skills with the ability to challenge the status quo, including creating and comprehending numerical analysis and optimization strategies.

  • Develops category expertise to fully understand supply market (domestic & overseas vendors), appropriate sourcing strategies and typical savings levers for a category of spend

  • Executes sourcing events; Create bid package and coordinate the bid (RFI, RFQ, RFP) process including, pre-bid/proposal meetings, walk-throughs, bid openings, bid tabulation and bid reviews in an ethical way that reflects USP’s Core Values

  • Assist Director – Finance, Accounts & Procurement in managing the Departments project pipeline including having a dotted line to the Strategic Sourcing Specialist.

  • Conducts total cost modeling and scenario analysis to help stakeholders understand trade-offs and benefits to various outcomes

  • Works with internal partners to figure out risks and dependencies, Helps identify targets and leverage to support negotiations efforts.

  • Adheres to sourcing project plans. Proactively communicates with business units with respect to timelines and project duration.

  • Ability to operate independently, bringing self-prioritization of workload, clear thinking, and reasoning in the decision-making process.

  • Leads pricing and contract terms negotiations, including cradle-to-grave contract review to execution, driving commercial negotiations, and ensuring all other groups included in the negotiations are working towards the same execution timeline.

  • Drive supplier performance review meetings with key suppliers and provide input on performance and future needs/strategic planning

  • Use experience and industry expertise to find opportunities to optimize cost, improve service and other efficiency opportunities.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Work with Trade Compliance team for import of commercial shipment clearances from customs, documentation, and delivery of the consignment to USP India site.

  • Work with Finance & Accounts for advance customs duty payments.

  • Liaising with Internal & External Stakeholders, Consultants, Customs House Agents for shipment clearances.

  • Maintain import documentation under audits and compliance requirements.

  • Work with Trade Compliance and user groups for test licenses and other permits required from respective government bodies.

Who USP is Looking For?

  • Preferably a science graduate or any graduate from a Recognized University/Institute with a proven experience of 10 to 12 years in Purchasing/SCM domain.

  • The candidate must have experience in Pharmaceutical/Life Sciences CRO, Drug Discovery units.

  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in procurement, sourcing, contract management, supply chain, supplier management or strategic/managerial consulting.

Additional Desired Preferences

  • Experience in a sourcing, contracting, category management or a supplier management role.

  • Demonstrated experience in supporting data-driven efforts and managing communications with suppliers, as well as a diverse set of internal stakeholders.

  • Prior understanding and application of sourcing policies, procedures, and supply strategies.

  • Post-Graduation in Material Management or Business Administration in SCM will be given an added weightage. Working experience in ERP environment (Oracle or SAP is must).

  • Demonstrated ability to work with suppliers to negotiate optimal terms for sourcing and contract execution.

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Solid organizational skills, including a proven ability to collaborate across the organization to ensure objectives are met.

  • Effective communication and presentation skills

  • Capable of sharing critical information, with particular strength in explaining complex concepts and coaching individuals through commercial decision-making.

  • Excels in managing deadlines and balancing multiple priorities.

  • Comfortable challenging conventional thinking and existing processes

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Strategic Sourcing Specialist


USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing is protected.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired):

As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our work—from the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

Note: USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Category Purchasing

Job Type Full-Time