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Amgen Senior Strategic Sourcing Associate (Japanese Proficiency Required) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


What you will do

Reporting to a Senior Country Sourcing Manager in Amgen KK, our Japanese affiliate, the key for this role is to support local Procurement operations in developing, managing and executing our competitive sourcing events/ processes, negotiating and implementing local contracts/ agreements’ and updating Amgen’s Procurement systems of records. This role will give the successful applicant the opportunity to work closely with our Japanese Strategic Sourcing Leads and diverse stakeholders from different business functions, across many spend categories in the indirect procurement space. This is a 1-year contract based in our Malaysia office.

Main Responsibilities:

Delivering Value for Customers :

  • Understand business requirements and interpret internal stakeholders’ objectives to source effective suppliers and solutions

  • Identify and record value opportunities through negotiation or competitive bidding (RFX) scenarios

  • Partner with Country Sourcing Manager (CSM) & business colleagues in Japan to understand demand a critical projects or statements of work for negotiation

Executing sourcing strategies for the set thresholds across the different countries :

  • Deliver and implement sourcing tactics and productivity projects to meet business requirements of business partners purchasing services across Commercial & General indirect spend categories

  • Manage Request for Proposal and Quotation processes (eRFX) to deliver productivity and value – ensuring quality and compliance at all times

  • Consistently document and guide sourcing execution and productivity delivery in designated tools and Amgen’s system of records

  • Assisting CSM to develop supplier analysis and market intelligence to support sourcing tactics

  • Negotiate proposals and statements of work

  • Ensure Amgen’s procurement policies are followed, ensuring that compliance metrics are met or exceeded, supported through supplier contracts and statements of work:

  • Inform stakeholders on Amgen’s sourcing policies and procedures, providing support and corrective actions where required

  • Approval of purchase requisitions (where required) and escalation of any non-compliant requisitions to the appropriate CSM

  • Partnering with the business customers and legal on ongoing contract management (Managing new, existing & expiring contracts)


What we expect of you


  • Must be proficient in Japanese (level N2 is desirable) and fluent business English.

  • Degree and +2 years sourcing experience

  • Has good understanding of sourcing processes (tenders/competitive biddings, supplier negotiations and contracting), across multiple indirect spend categories.

  • Experienced in basic project managements and able to propose / develop practical solutions.

  • Ability to help shape customer’s expectations and understands business goals.

  • Good communication skills (presentation, virtual team interactions, etc) to develop relationships and build trust

  • Possess good problem solving skills

  • Able to work with minimal direction, ensuring quality of tasks / service provided by self and others

  • Experience using e-procurement tools such (example – Scout/Ariba/ SAP)

  • Ability to develop and apply analytical skills to evaluate and interpret information from various sources to form opinions and proposals

  • Highly proficient with MS Office Suite, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates’ professional and personal growth and well-being. In addition to the base salary, Amgen offers competitive and comprehensive Total Rewards Plans that are aligned with local industry standards.

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