Randstad, as the EMEA Johnson & Johnson talent acquisition partner, is responsible for finding and contracting talent for the contingent roles at Johnson & Johnson. If you are selected for a role you will be engaged or employed by one of the Randstad recruitment companies in EMEA and will not be an employee of Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson

Strategic Sourcing Specialist - HYBRID (Limerick)

Posted Dec 7, 2022
Job ID: JJJP00013832
39 hrs/week
1 year
Payrate range
20 - 26 €/hr

The Company:

Johnson & Johnson is the world's most comprehensive and broadly-based healthcare Company, touching the lives of nearly a billion people every day. Our Family of Companies throughout the world compete in consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices & diagnostics markets and have the skills and resources to tackle the world's most pressing health issues.

The Project:

Reporting to the Senior Manager, New Product Introduction Sourcing– the successful candidate will support procurement activities around contemporary best practices, sourcing processes and delivery of results to meet & exceed the J&J Surgical Vision Sourcing Objectives. The successful Candidate will execute on strategy and provide overall coordination, facilitation and enablement of programs that will drive best practice and leverage across J&J Vision & the wider J&J organization. 

The Role:

  • €20-26 p/h PAYE (Higher Umbrella Rates Available)

  • 39 hours per week - HYBRID (Limerick)

  • 12 Month Contract (Potential to be extended)

Major Responsibilities

The New Product Introduction Strategic Sourcing Specialist will be responsible for preparing requisite materials to support engagements with Suppliers, including; activities to identify and assess suppliers per category strategies and according to R&D development needs, managing Request for Quotation processes,  and developing reports to assist in Supplier Management.  In addition, the New Product Strategic Sourcing Specialist will help develop supplier’s capabilities and oversee the commercial relationship during the development process. They will partner with suppliers in delivering  quality, service/reliability and total cost to support category strategies and R&D new product introduction requirements. 

Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Prepare and analyze data for the preparation of engagements with Suppliers.

  • Identify new suppliers for inclusion in sourcing engagements to support new product introductions.

  • Manage requests for quotation or other sourcing processes as required.

  • Ensure engagements with Suppliers are aligned to our Credo values.

  • Establish close working relationships with other functions, in particular R&D, supplier quality, engineering and operations to drive improved Supplier performance. 

  • Establish proactive communication to the Planning Organization, manage supplier partnerships & contribute positively to the efficiency of Supply Chain prior to commercial launch and throughout ramp up period          

  • Ensure alignment to the strategic direction provided by the source leadership team

  • Ensure Supplier Performance is adhered to against set Goals.

  • Partner with Supplier Quality to ensure alignment on supplier management processes

  • Champion annual productivity improvements by leading internal & joint supplier teams pursuing cost reduction opportunities in alignment with sourcing strategy. 

  • Upgrade supplier skills (transparent cost management, lean practises, emerging technologies, etc.) 

  • Conduct negotiations with Suppliers on assigned spend responsibilities.

  • Prepare and execute Long Term Agreements, Affiliate Agreements, Vendor Managed Inventory Agreements, Non Disclosure Agreements etc, as required.

  • Assist in managing supplier capabilities including but not limited to capacity planning, tooling and resource investments including inventory management

  • Develop an expertise in the business needs and capabilities for categories or key business processes related to new product introduction.  Keep up with supply market trends, supplier economics, and best practice sourcing  

  • Analyze overall system capabilities in support of the supply chain

  • Ensure training and compliance to relevant company procedures

Critical Success Factors or Scope or Responsibilities

Knowledge of:

  • Data Gathering, Analysis and Reporting

  • Supplier Management

  • Supplier Manufacturing Processes

  • Should Cost Modeling

  • Cost Improvement Processes

  • Negotiations

  • Contract Execution

Experience and Key Competencies

  • Minimum of 2 – 5 years relevant experience in a logistics/supply chain role within a high volume manufacturing environment

  • Minimum of 1 - 3 years procurement/sourcing experience preferred

  • Experience in Operations, Logistics, Planning, and Forecasting

  • Analytically absorb information & solve complex problems quickly

  • Advanced in excel and Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications

GLP’s / Personal Attributes 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required               

  • Customer focus (internal & external)                

  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills required

  • Creative & decisive problem solving skills

  • Ability to influence/collaborate to get to desired result

  • Adaptable to meet rapidly changing priorities 

  • Exercise a high degree of business judgment and sound reasoning

  • Strong Credo & behavioral standards values 

  • Flexibility to travel


  • BS Degree in Finance, Business, Engineering, Operations Management or related field

  • APICS (American Production & Inventory Control Society) or CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) certification a plus.

  • Project management experience a plus

  • Lean / continuous improvement skills are a plus.

In Return:

In return for this role you will receive a very competitive hourly rate. A minimum 12 month contract & an opportunity to work with a Global Leader within the Pharmaceutical sector, Johnson & Johnson. 

Things to remember before applying for this role:

  • The pay rate for this role will depend on how you are paid (PAYE or Umbrella options).

  • We are looking to process the first round of applications within the next 2 working days.

  • We do not accept applications via email.

If you are interested in this role please apply now! Make sure you fill out your application in full, your personal CV will be used for the recruiter’s reference only, they are not sent to Hiring Managers. Ensure all relevant information is included in your application! 

Thank you very much and we look forward to receiving your application. 

If you would like some additional information about the role please contact: 


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

For more than 130 years, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) have been part of our cultural fabric at Johnson & Johnson and woven into how we do business every day. Our commitment to respect the dignity and diversity of all is embedded in our Credo.

We know that the success of our business depends on having the best talent in a workforce that reflects the diverse markets we serve around the world and an inclusive culture that values different perspectives and life experiences.

That is why we are working to create an inclusive environment where diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences are valued and each one of our people feels that they belong and can reach their potential. No matter who they are. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson means “You Belong”.

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