Senior Manager, Procurement

Bridgewater, NJ
Facilities & Supply Chain – Procurement /
Full Time /
Position Summary

We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Manager of Procurement who will contribute significantly to the growth of Cellares and our mission to accelerate access to life-saving cell therapies.
The primary focus of this position will be leading the procurement process for the Integrated Development Manufacturing Organization (IDMO) and vendor management. As the Sr. Manager of Procurement, you will take ownership of the organization’s procurement functions and lead the evaluation process of supplier product options for the IDMO.
This individual will have the highly impactful role of developing a world-class procurement process from the ground up. Your strategy, processes, and negotiation skills will ensure functional leaders are equipped with the knowledge to execute their purchasing needs and secure the best possible terms for the company. This is a multidisciplinary role and this individual will interface across many parts of the company (with MSAT, Operations, Materials Management, Quality, Facilities, and Field Service) to develop the best solutions possible. The successful candidate will be driven, motivated, and self-sufficient.
The successful candidate should enjoy working in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment, and be prepared to tackle a broad selection of challenges as the company grows.
This role will have supervisory responsibilities, will build a small team of Buyers and will require leading a successful and high performing team to support Cellares IDMO operations. Leadership responsibilities include people management of direct reports, support of their development, coaching, and performance management. It is expected to develop a high-performing, team-based organization, where colleagues are flexible, multi-skilled and empowered to make decisions that result in safe, agile, and compliant manufacture of Cell Therapies. An important level of initiative, energy and motivation are key requirements of success, as well as organizational and people management skills.


    • Ensure raw materials and consumables purchasing is executed to support uninterrupted supply of materials to manufacturing in accordance with the production plan
    • Manage and mitigate risk associated with fluctuations in production plans, supplier reliability, warehouse space constraints, and cost
    • Stewardship of raw material and consumable purchasing data in ERP for accurate forecasting, execution, and analytics
    • Oversee raw material purchasing operations
    • Perform forecasting, spend analyses, financial assessments, material assessments, and historical trend analyses.
    • Support Regulatory, Compliance, Quality, and SOX audit requests
    • Evaluate supplier performance against established scorecards and participate in supplier business reviews
    • Ensure timely receipting of orders and payment to suppliers
    • Maintain MRP planning data and safety stock strategy
    • Support Manufacturing with clear communication and collaboration on risk mitigation
    • Comply with EHS&S safety guidelines
    • Authors, reviews, and improves SOP’s and Work Instructions as required
    • Present and trend defined metrics
    • Manage raw material shortage/stock out
    • Ensure the efficiency of materials, processing requirements, equipment function and personnel performance for the daily operations
    • Issue deviations and change requests and works with department managers and/or QA professionals to evaluate, process and close records
    • Set project time frames and priorities based on objectives with effective tracking and management of progress
    • Provide support to the Senior Director of Supply Chain with ad-hoc tasks as required


    • Minimum of 8 years of experience in the biotech/pharma industry with experience in supply chain, warehouse operations, and/or manufacturing operations
    • 5+ years of previous leadership experience
    • Strong understanding of ERP/MRP systems and processes (Knowledge of SAP is preferred)
    • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and partner with other functional groups to achieve business objectives
    • Skillful application of KPI’s and metrics to manage business processes and support strong team performance
    • Cell/Gene Therapy and CDMO experience preferred
    • Advanced knowledge of cGMP/GDP/Pharmaceutical regulations
    • Advanced knowledge of Quality and Compliance systems
    • Must be able to manage shifting priorities to meet critical deadlines in a fast paced and dynamic, growing environment, while providing clear direction to team members
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills
    • Self-motivated and passionate about advancing the field of cell therapy
    • Self-awareness, integrity, authenticity, and a growth mindset
$90,000 - $180,000 a year
Cellares total compensation package contains competitive base salaries, highly subsidized Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans, 401(k) Matching, Free EV Charging, Onsite lunches, and Stock options. All displayed pay ranges are approximate, negotiable, and location dependent.
This is Cellares

Cellares is the first Integrated Development and Manufacturing Organization (IDMO) and takes an Industry 4.0 approach to mass manufacturing the living drugs of the 21st century. The company is both developing and operating integrated technologies for cell therapy manufacturing to accelerate access to life-saving cell therapies. The company’s Cell Shuttle integrates all the technologies required for the entire manufacturing process in a flexible and high-throughput platform that delivers true walk-away, end-to-end automation. Cell Shuttles will be deployed in Cellares’ Smart Factories around the world to meet total patient demand for cell therapies at global scale. Partnering with Cellares enables academics, biotechs, and pharma companies to accelerate drug development and scale out manufacturing, lower process failure rates, lower manufacturing costs, and meet global patient demand.
The company is headquartered in South San Francisco, California with its commercial-scale IDMO Smart Factory in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The company is backed by world-class investors and has raised over $355 million in financing.

Leveling will be based on overall experience, education, and demonstration of knowledge throughout the interview process.