I am thrilled to introduce you to a fellow Bridgewater, NJ colleague of mine, Al Finocchiaro, a Senior Manager on the Sanofi Global Services Division-North America team, supporting R&D Procurement. Al joined Sanofi in 2000 with conviction and spirit to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry. Read on to learn more about Al’s experience at Sanofi.
SB: Thanks for joining me, Al. Can you start by telling me a little bit about your current role?
AF: I joined the R&D Procurement team nearly 14 years ago and today, I’m a member of the North American Common Spend Procurement team, responsible for leading the Site Services and Real Estate category. My team manages 22 different commodities – from catering and office furniture to landscaping services – the key to our success is through category management and strategy development with our internal business partners.
SB: That sounds so interesting. How does procurement work, exactly?
AF: Well, first, a business partner is initially established with specific needs identified; then we evaluate how to deliver the best possible value by analyzing the marketplace to ensure we’re paying the lowest cost possible at the highest delivered service levels. When you’re in my position, it’s essential to be a people person – building and maintaining relationships with colleagues is really the key to success.
SB: I couldn’t agree more – building and maintaining relationship is the key to successful career in any department! Speaking of relationships, can you share a little bit about your family?
AF: My wife of 23 years, Lori is a legal assistant and we have two sons – Michael, 17 and Anthony, 15. Michael enjoys sports and runs track for his high school team, and while Anthony runs track as well, he also is involved in art and music – he’s been playing piano since he was 6 years old. Oh, and can’t forget our beloved dog, Bella!
SB: Sounds like a great family to relax with! One more question – what is something we’d be surprised to learn about you?
AF: Well, I like to spend my Sunday’s traveling the roads on my motorcycle – I’ve been riding since I was 18 years old.
How fun! Thanks so much to Al for taking the time to speak with me and chat about his position! Best wishes, Stacy