Supplier Management Specialist

CordenPharma Colorado
Colorado (US)
Job #1921

CordenPharma Colorado
Job #1921

Colorado (US)

CordenPharma Colorado

CordenPharma Colorado is a highly sophisticated and entrepreneurial mid-sized pharmaceutical manufacturing company located in Boulder, Colorado. Our chemists and engineers are widely recognized for their history of innovation, having developed efficient manufacturing processes for some of the world’s most complex pharmaceutical compounds. CordenPharma Colorado also is acclaimed for its flexible manufacturing facilities and experienced workforce that can handle a wide range of production techniques and volumes. Ultimately, in partnership with our customers, CordenPharma Colorado is focused on its health care mission, proudly producing medicines that help patients around the globe survive and enjoy more comfortable lives.


Works cross functionally to execute and improve the Supplier Quality Management (SQM) program and develop alignment across on all processes relating to Supplier Risk Management (SRM).

Responsible for:

  • >> Evaluating potential new sources of supply and selecting appropriate suppliers based on supplier assessment/audits, quality performance and systems, risk profile, and business/customer requirements.
  • >> External supplier material performance, compliance and reliable quality of materials that meet business and market requirements.
  • >> Keeping up-to-date on business intelligence, market trends and changes in business practices in the CDMO landscape.

The position will review, define and monitor requirements for supplier management processes and supplier performance measurement while adding value for our suppliers as partners.

Other duties may be assigned.

  • >> Direct the management and enhancement of a phase-appropriate supplier qualification using risk-based tools for qualification, classification and monitoring.
  • >> Collaborate with Supply Chain, R&D, Process Engineering, Project Management and Regulatory Affairs to define and execute a process for second sourcing raw materials.
  • >> Responsible for identifying and prioritizing supplier audits including requirements for and performance of supplier audits, issuance of reports and coordination of responses. Assure adherence to audit schedule, management of audit closure for suppliers of raw materials and components, and maintenance of the approved supplier list.
  • >> Perform Qualification of new vendors and materials by gathering and evaluating specification information.
  • >> Responsible for partnering with customers across site, key stakeholders and management, to communicate/escalate and ensure timely and adequate management of quality risks.
  • >> Monitor supplier quality and performance: Assess and report on supplier performance metrics for QMRs.
  • >> Establish and maintain a Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) process with continuous improvement goals/programs.
  • >> Provide direction to team as Quality SME for supplier issues and discrepancies, and lead/manage the investigations to resolve the issues as warranted for significant matters. Resolve issues pertaining to damaged goods, late deliveries, quality issues and contractual disagreements.
  • >> Assure execution of the supplier initiated change process is timely for processing of change impacts and coordination with Supply Chain to manage any inventory impacts.
    Collaborate cross-functionally and with the suppliers to improve partnerships and preparation for future growth.


Provide leadership and harmonization for the management and improvement to the Supplier Quality Management Program across both Corden the manufacturing sites.


Every individual is personally responsible for the safety and environmental aspects of his or her activities in the workplace. Each employee is expected to perform their job duties in a safe manner utilizing all of their knowledge, training, ability and experience.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) with 10 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience, including experience in a manufacturing environment. Candidate should have a background working with SAP and Microsoft Office Suite.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


CPM/CPIM accreditation preferred and needed within 3 years of hiring date.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and work with hands. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and low levels of toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Job related and specific areas of knowledge, skill and ability that are important for successful job performance.

  • >> Relevant experience in pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical/chemical/manufacturing processes and related Quality and Supplier management.
  • >> Strong working knowledge of cGMP, GLP, good clinical practices, FDA Guidelines and Points to Consider documents, and standards routinely used in the industry (ANSI, ISO, Federal Standards.
  • >> Strong analytical, organizational and scheduling skills and creative problem solving skills.
  • >> High level of interpersonal skills with strong negotiation skills and contract development experience.
  • >> Proficient in computer systems such as word processing, spreadsheets, and ERP software packages (SAP).
  • >> Strong written and verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • >> High degree of business ethics.


This is an exempt position. Salary based upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and level of experience.


Please refer to: Job #1921 – Supplier Management Specialist