Technical Operations

Associate Director, Procurement (2118-N-680-SC)

ArsenalBio’s mission is to develop efficacious and safe cellular therapies for patients with chronic diseases, initially cancer.  Our products are being designed to herald the transition of adoptive cell therapy from a hospital based treatment to outpatient therapy, like most other cancer treatments. 

Our people are our greatest asset, they bring scientific talents in molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, protein chemistry, computational biology, automation, genome engineering, software and other fields to make the future happen now.

We are looking for a Associate Director, Procurement who is analytical, driven, strategic, and creative.  Reporting into the Supply Chain Organization the Procurement leader will drive important procurement activities including identification of suppliers, validation and performance management.  In this critical role, you will be part of a cross-functional team working on supporting production start-up activities such as the design, installation, testing, and validation of manufacturing equipment, processes, and the quality approach for this exciting technology.  The individual should possess a track record of successful relationship management, great communication skills, strong business and analytical acumen.   

In addition, the responsibilities of this role include working with procurement partners to support and oversee manufacturing raw material categories.  This is a pivotal and highly visible role that engages with local operations, functions and extended leadership teams on a regular basis. 

What You Will Do:

  • Assist in the development of regional category strategies and procurement strategies through strategic sourcing methodologies in order to continuously improve total costs, service and quality for the assigned categories spend in close collaboration with the stakeholders
  • Supplier Management: performance management of key supplier relationships. Partner with key customers to address team support and performance issues with suppliers, data review and analysis, performance management and development and improvement of end-to-end value and bring innovation to the business
  • Own strategic supplier relationships and influencing strategy, negotiations and contracting, spends management, modeling and cost reduction roadmap execution, supplier financial health, developing and implementing critical material sourcing strategies, supply chain, and sub-supply chain risk reduction strategies
  • Responsible for the procurment of direct and indirect materials
  • Manages procurement duties, including: vendor sourcing, request for quote (RFQ) preparation, request for proposals (RFP) purchase order terms and condition negotiation, proposal evaluations, and purchasing of cGMP and non-cGMP material, equipment, and services
  • Support and oversee manufacturing raw material categories
  • Is accountable for procurement targets set by the Functional Head
  • Set, allocate and monitor project-specific targets
  • Material planning to support manufacturing operations
  • Manage supplier relations which includes change notifications, contract and price negotiations
  • Implement and manage supplier key performance indicators
  • Researches and aids in the approval of secondary/alternate suppliers to support cGMP manufacturing
  • Develop material forecasts based on current product bill of materials (BOM) to ensure adequate holding stock at our critical suppliers’ warehouses
  • Aids in establishing internal inventory levels as required to support cGMP manufacturing
  • Manage non-ERP materials supply and ordering
  • Researches purchasing trends, threats/risks to the supply chain, and develops sourcing and procurement strategies to mitigate risk to the supply chain and ensure business continuity
  • Completes change control documentation, incident reporting, and Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) process in a quality management system

  • What You Will Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience preferred
  • Minimum 10+ years of professional experience within procurement
  • Technical proficiency with appropriate procurement systems and tools (SAP experience desirable)
  • Experience in Biotech or pharmaceutical or personalized health care experience or cell and gene therapy manufacturing is desired
  • Expert knowledge in ERP systems
  • Strong business acumen – the ability to understand challenges through the eyes of the regional business leaders
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills
  • Broad-based understanding of core procurement areas of focus (spend management, category management and supplier management)
  • Influencing skills – the ability to persuade others to change behavior in pursuit of a common goal
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to confidently present complex information to senior executives
  • Strong project management capabilities
  • Demonstrated learning agility, and the ability to improve both yourself and the people around you
  • Creates a positive, diverse, and inspiring work environment
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated continuous learning and development mindset
  • Customer centric mindset striving to find the best solution for the business
  • Ability to set up and lead cross-functional teams and supplier relationship management teams
  • Demonstrated negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to interpret and utilize key financial data
  • Proven ability to negotiate complex deals and work orders
  • Strong skills in Excel as well as other data visualization tools like Tableau, Looker, QuickSight, etc
  • Proven ability to meet tight deadlines, multi-task, and prioritize workload
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical team members
  • Strong experience in reviewing business requirements and problem statements
  • Highly motivated, self-driven, capable of defining requirements and developing procurement process
  • This is an on site role and as such, we will need local candidates or the willingness to relocate to the San Francisco bay area.

    We are committed to hiring the best talent from diverse backgrounds. A diverse workforce engenders richness of thought, creativity and discovery. We invite individuals who embrace intellectual achievement to bring their unique personal and professional journeys and together we will build transformative cell therapies for cancer patients.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

    To all recruitment agencies: ArsenalBio does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, or Arsenalbio employees. ArsenalBio is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


    ArsenalBio was formed by its investors and scientific founders to discover, develop and commercialize curative and safe cellular therapies for patients with life threatening diseases, initially cancer.

    We believe the most productive and secure route to achieving this goal is to build scaled platforms of technologies challenged with scientific questions to yield informative data from hypothesis driven, well controlled experiments. These data will inform the design of ambitious, best-in-class, lead compositions. Our leads will be rigorously evaluated and honed until we are convinced our matured leads, called development candidates, can be prepared for testing in needy, and vulnerable patients.

    Our products will be designed to speed the transition of cell therapy from hospital-based to outpatient treatments, increasing access to more patients at lower cost to patients, health systems, and insurers.

    To achieve this mission, we are building diverse teams of talented, curious, and caring individuals who believe in our mission and our vision to be sustainable in our business plan, our work habits, and our personal lives.

    Our values create: a foundation for mutual respect, an engaging harmony from many voices, and unselfish behavior to aid our colleagues.

    This is ArsenalBio.
    This is our Company.

    Ken Drazan, MD
    Founding CEO


    Best in Class Health & Wellness Plans

    Flexible Office Hours

    Paid Parental Leave

    Healthy Kitchen Snacks

    Daily Catered Lunches

    Free Onsite Fitness Center

    Unlimited Vacation Days

    Generous compensation and equity packages

    Commuter Benefits

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