Category Manager, Xellia Pharmaceuticals

Xellia Pharmaceutical is an international leading producer of life saving anti-infective drugs with more than 50 years experience in the fermented antibiotics.  Xellia Pharmaceuticals has entered an exiting era with expanded product offering through a new partnership network and a broader technology platform. Sourcing plays a central role in Xellia's strategic agenda and the new Category Manager Indirect Spend will play a pivotal role in achieving this ambitious goals.

The position

As Category Manager, Indirect Spend you will be responsible for implementing and leading the European category strategy and ensuring best in class purchase. You will be responsible for critical, complex and diverse product categories – some of the most critical/significant being professional services, operational supplies (including lab supplies), IT/infrastructure and travel.

The specific areas of responsibility and tasks include:

  • Understand and manage internal and external drivers in your categories and develop related supplier portfolio.
  • Form and participate in internal cross functional teams in order to ensure optimized communication and results in relation to the strategic purchase.
  • Drive collection/analysis of market intelligence
  • Define, implement and manage category strategy
  • Define, implement and manage general procedures for indirect purchase.
  • Manage contracts and negotiations and increasing spend control and management

The position is an excellent opportunity to become a central player in a small team of strategic sourcing professionals in a dynamic, growing and profitable pharmaceutical company.

The ideal candidate

Some of the key qualifications for the role include:

  • Several years of experience with Procurement and strategic procurement
  • A relevant degree in business or engineering
  • Experience with Category management, ideally within indirect spend
  • Strong negotiation skills and experience from international contracts
  • Strong communication skills (English is a must) and experience in change management
  • Experience with Project management
  • Experience with leveraging Procurement by using IT driven operational procurement systems

On a personal level, some keywords for the ideal candidate include

  • Action and result oriented
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to multitask effectively and balance focus between many complex and significant categories
  • Strategic flair combined with strong personal presence and impact

Applicants should anticipate approximately 15% travel in the position, mainly in Europe.


For this recruitment process, Xellia is working with Husum Search & Rekruttering. For confidential questions regarding the position, you are very welcome to contact Kristian Husum at or +45 29 89 41 09. Interested candidates are requested to submit cv and application to no later than August 18th 2011.