Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing (23023-B-685-SC)

Hayward /
Supply Chain /
/ On-site
ArsenalBio, a privately held, clinical-stage programmable cell therapy company engineering advanced CAR T therapies for solid tumors, is seeking a talented Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing to work on-site based in our Hayward or South San Francisco office. 

ArsenalBio’s mission is to develop efficacious and safe cellular therapies for patients with chronic
diseases, initially cancer. With our programmable and computationally driven approach, our team is engineering living medicines to attack cancer’s inherent multi-faceted nature and overcome the challenges of addressing solid tumors with cell therapy.

Driven by a collective of diverse experts across immunology, synthetic biology, molecular biology, automation and computational biology, we are united in purpose to deliver radical breakthroughs for people with cancer, and prioritize the team’s outcomes over individual goals to achieve our company mission – together. 

The Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing will be responsible to lead the vendor selection process and alliance management services.  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 will also provide insights, support, and champion the development of Strategic Sourcing methodologies and processes (Category Management), including the development of our Vendor Management Framework. 

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.  This Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing will be an individual contributor position that will transform into leading a team.

What You Will Do:

    • Develop 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
    • SME in procurement/purchasing requirements for ERP implementation of SAP/Oracle
    • Define and manage the forecast and planning process. Establish a robust and integrated demand and supply plan from raw materials to the final drug product  
    • 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
    • Support creation of agreements for program level, site level, and enterprise level planning, visibility, and communications, including roles and responsibilities 
    • 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
    • Support and contribute to develop and set up supplier performance metrics for quarterly management KPI reporting
    • Works closely with Quality and Supply Planning leaders in identifying risks as part of the Strategic Sourcing process, coordinate and develop risk mitigation plans that support business growth
    • SME in procurement/purchasing methodology, requirements and responsible for the purchasing 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
    • Lead and aids in the approval of secondary/alternate suppliers to support cGMP manufacturing
    • Researches purchasing trends, threats/risks to the supply chain, and develops sourcing and sourcing strategies to mitigate risk to the supply chain and ensure business continuity 
    • Develop business processes and SOPs compliant with GMP, GDP and FDA requirements.
    • Completes change control documentation, incident reporting, and Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) process in a quality management system

What Will You Bring:

    • Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience preferred
    • Minimum 10+ years relevant experience in Strategic Sourcing
    • Experience in Biotech or pharmaceutical or personalized health care experience or cell and gene therapy manufacturing is desired
    • Technical proficiency with appropriate ERP systems and tools (SAP experience desirable)
    • Strong business acumen – the ability to understand challenges through the eyes of the regional business leaders
    • Broad-based understanding of core procurement areas of focus (spend management, category management and supplier management)
    • Understanding of core procurement areas of focus (procure-to-pay, spend management, category management and supplier management)
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to confidently present complex information to senior executives
    • Demonstrated learning agility, and the ability to improve both yourself and the people around you
    • Influencing skills – the ability to persuade others to change behavior in pursuit of a common goal
    • Strong project management capabilities
    • Ability to set up and lead cross-functional teams and supplier relationship management teams
    • Creates a positive, diverse, and inspiring work environment
    • Demonstrated continuous learning and development mindset
    • Customer centric mindset striving to find the best solution for the business
    • Demonstrated negotiation and influencing skills
    • Ability to interpret and utilize key financial data
    • 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
What We Will Offer You: 
An opportunity to work with the best talent in the field of cell therapy, and be part of ONE TEAM to advance therapies to patients who need it most.

ArsenalBio has a generous and comprehensive benefits package that includes but is not limited to medical, dental, and vision as well as mental health resources, virtual and telehealth options, coaching, infertility treatment, parental leave and health savings accounts. We also offer flexible work schedules and flexible time off, which includes two extra “Arsenal Days of Rest” every quarter for employees to recharge. 

We have a robust mentorship program, and comprehensive development tools to help employees take control of their career paths and grow into their best selves. ArsenalBio believes in investing in the well-being of our employees - both at work and at home, as they 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.

ArsenalBio prioritizes the providing of a safe and healthy workplace that is consistent with COVID-19 public health guidance and legal requirements.  In order to protect our employees and visitors, we require all visitors (candidates) and employees to present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when coming onsite.

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.
The estimated base salary offer for the preferred primary location of San Francisco Bay area ranges from $165,700 - $203,000. 
Salary ranges for other locations may vary from this range.   Base pay offered may vary depending on job related knowledge, experience, education, and location.  In addition to these factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity of our current employees as part of any final offer.

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.