Clinical Trial Commercial Product Buyer/Planner

Eli Lilly - Indianapolis, IN4.2

The process of sourcing and supplying commercial drug products for global clinical trials has grown in complexity for the trial sponsor in recent years. The Product Delivery (PD) function has the responsibility for the ordering, manufacturing, packaging, shipment, and inventory management of supplies for clinical studies worldwide. The organization produces clinical trial materials under full GMP regulations.

The role of the Clinical Trial Commercial Product Buyer Planner (CPBP) is to ensure a robust strategy and integrated plan for supplying Commercial Products that supports the BU’s & MDU’s clinical trial programs and other PD Functions.
As the CPBP, you will leverage their global expertise for commercial products (procurement, wholesalers, supply chain, etc.) in developing strategies for supplying commercial products to support clinical trials. You will be accountable for development of the Materials Master Requirements Plan, purchasing decisions, and management of PD material flow to meet required timelines.

Delays in the availability of material may result in critical impact to the Lilly portfolio and key developmental milestones. You will anticipate and resolve key technical issues with the supply chain and drive for solutions the meet the needs of the business. As the CPBP you will collaborate with Supply Planning to ensure the commercial product strategy meets the demands of the molecule/study plan as well as partners with the Commercial Product Material Coordinator to ensure execution of the strategy.

Key Responsibilities:
Manages business planning, forecast development and tracking spend variances for supported Business Units. This includes supplying the annual and quarterly forecast updates for contractual submissions to the Collaboration Partner service provider.
Communication of team performance and wholesaler performance metrics relative to goals, implements improvement plans for low performance metrics.
Leverages relationships with key internal PD partners and other business partners to influence a robust material supply chain (e.g., Quality, Manufacturing, Packaging, and Supply Planning) and creation of contract terms and conditions with external customers.
Leverages relationships with external customers (e.g. wholesalers, pharma companies) to influence speedier deliveries, cost savings and improving performance metrics
Coaches CPMCs
Drives continuous improvement; searching for opportunities to improve productivity, efficiency, compliance, and data accuracy while minimizing costs.
Maintain expertise on clinical trial materials MRP processes, joint Lilly/ Collaboration Partner processes as well, as how those processes connect to PD and Lilly business processes.
Author observations, deviations and change controls as necessary.

Company Overview

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree (Supply Chain, Logistics, PharmD, Business)
Minimum of 3-5 years pharma or clinical trial experience
Minimum 2 year previous GMP experience
Experience in managing inventory/supplies including commercial product or development supply chains
Experience working with third parties
Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.

Additional Information

Work outside of core hours may be required to support the portfolio across the globe
May require travel domestically and international (less than 5%)
Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Additional Skills/Preferences

Working knowledge of GCP
Ability to use and apply multiple computer applications, including proficiency in computer technology used in office and supply chain environments (e.g., SAP)
Previous cross functional experiences
Demonstrated ability to build productive relationships and effectively communicate with other Product Delivery team members (Packaging, Quality, and Supply Planning. Labeling etc.)
High degree of accuracy with work and attention to details
Ability to proactively identify problems and work toward a solution
Strong negotiation and vendor management skills
Application knowledge of business planning and control systems to collect, consolidate, analyze, summarize and report on large volumes of supply chain data
Thorough understanding of the Clinical Trial supply chain and/or experience implementing demand and supply planning business processes & systems
Knowledge of Import/Export compliance as it related to clinical trials and shipping medicinal products
Prior experience with GMP supply chains (wholesaler, manufacturer, CMO)
Prior experience in a purchasing role
APICS certification
Must be Fluent in English (both written and spoken).

RegionNorth America


Workplace Arrangement


Job Expires18-May-2019