For a mission in an international organization in Geneva canton, we are looking for three


Diagnostics Category Specialist


Role Summary:

The Strategic Sourcing team is responsible for the Organization core health product sourcing activities to ensure delivery to meet grant program targets. This includes getting the right products through effective category management, engaging the right suppliers through supplier management, and negotiating the optimal prices through contract management implementation.

The Diagnostics Category Specialist develops and implements global Health Technologies category strategies the defined product category. The Diagnostics Category Specialist develops the product category strategy as part of the wider Health Technologies Category Strategy Specialists proactive sourcing projects, specification definition and demand management, as well as managing sub-category specific supplier performance and innovation activities.


Job description / Key responsibilities:

Category Management and strategic tendering

  • Responsibly for supporting the Health Technologies Sourcing Manager to design and develop the product category strategy and global tendering by leveraging product and supplier knowledge, category management skills and other subject matter expertise
  • Accountable for managing the operational implementation of the product category strategy, tender outcomes, contracts and performance
  • Responsible for providing product category input to inform the top-down saving target setting process
  • Accountable for the delivery of product category savings targets following engagement in the target setting process
  • Manages the supplier relationship by serving as the primary interface with manufacturers
  • Responsible for managing the supplier performance against agreed performance KPIs
  • Implements and ensures compliance and delivery of value in contract implementation and allocation of demand to meet contractual requirements and financial commitments
  • Implements and optimises the delivery on value from strategy and tender outcomes through supply and demand interventions
  • Implements additional strategic sourcing opportunities to further leverage spend through additional volumes or other strategic approaches within and beyond the Organisation spend


Market Shaping Strategy implementation

  • Serves as critical implementer of the Board-approved Market Shaping Strategy objectives through both category-specific and cross-cutting elements
    • Ensure continued availability and affordability of the needed category products
    • Promote consistent quality standards through the category product portfolio procurement
    • Support efforts to stimulate innovation through supplier relationship management
    • Accelerate adoption of new and/ or cost-effective products to maximize the program impact
    • Transfer category knowledge and promote strategic sourcing best practices and to prepare for country transition and long- term market viability


Demand management

  • Responsible for developing category product forecasts for category strategies, tenders, contract implementation, annual supplier financial commitments and external partner engagements to ensure that the Organisation can anticipate health product demand and take necessary actions to ensure continuity of supply
  • Focal point for diagnostics in the inter-team and interdivisional demand management process to meet the needs of efficient and effective sourcing and grant implementation


Transaction management

  • Supports realisation of opportunities and supply solutions for challenging Principal Recipient requests in terms of products and/or timing


Tool and system support

  • Identifies business needs, opportunities, and challenges with regards to category management


Subject to change by the Executive Director at any time at his/her sole discretion.


Key metrics:

  1. Delivery of tender outcomes including corporate savings KPI and other non-savings value and supply opportunities
  2. OTIF at the manufacturer and PR-delivery levels
  3. Forecast accuracy
  4. Operational KPI on PPM spend penetration


Key Internal Relationships

  • Other Sourcing and Supply Chain Teams, Grant Management, Legal, IT, TAP


Key External Relationships

  • Suppliers, large buyers, WHO, other key partners





  • Advanced degree in health, science or business field, ideally associated with business administration or financial qualification




  • Demonstrated extensive experience in public/ private health product sourcing


  • Relevant experience engaging with/within Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)





Excellent oral and written English skills required.

An excellent knowledge of English and preferably a good working knowledge of French. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.


Organizational Competencies:

  • Service orientation (Level 2)
  • Drive for results (Level 2)
  • Collaboration (Level 2)
  • Interaction (Level 2)
  • Adaptability (Level 2)


Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical (level 2)
  • Business (Level 1)
  • Finance (Level 2)
  • Geopolitical Awareness (Level 2)
  • Negotiations (Level 2)
  • Operational Policy (Level 2)
  • Procurement & Supply Chain (Level 2)
  • Project Management (Level 1)


 Place of Performance: Geneva canton

Start Date: mid-January 2021

End Date: ?





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