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Senior Buyer R&D

Sector Location Job type Salary
Date added
10 December, 2021

Job Description

My client, a global pharmaceutical company based in Zurich, is searching for a Senior Buyer R&D to join its growing team.

This exciting new role will hold responsibility for Procurement within the R&D scope, and has been created with the aim of realising identified and future cost-savings for the category.


Senior Buyer R&D, Zurich, Switzerland


As Senior Buyer R&D, you will lead the role of Procurement within R&D, including, but not limited to: sourcing for clinical trials, outsourced providers and late-stage products.

You will use your pharmaceutical and life science experience to identify cost-saving opportunities, and you will have experience in conducting benchmarking exercises and market analysis to evaluate product price, availability and quality.

You will have strong understanding of drug and clinical development practices, as well as a background in sourcing and sourcing strategy. Experience managing outsourced partners is advantageous, with daily responsibilities including the end-to-end management of providers in line with business requirements.


We are looking for a high calibre candidate who has previous experience as a Senior Buyer R&D with the following skillset:

  • Circa 3-5 years’ experience in a Procurement environment, with a focus on R&D and Indirect Purchasing, ideally in the pharmaceutical or medical device sector
  • Knowledgeable in technically-complex outsourcing categories and drug-development processes
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, with ability to engage and interact with wider business units and outsourced service partners
  • Have a strong analytical mind, with the ability to conduct cost-value analysis, and regularly monitor and push the delivery of BPO partners
  • Fluency in English essential, any other language is an advantage


If you are interested in applying for this Senior Buyer R&D role please register your interest using the link below, alternatively please send your CV to  for a confidential conversation please call Sasha in our Zug office on +41 41 508 7007.