Associate Director, Supplier Management

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Associate Director, Supplier Management

We are seeking a highly organized, entrepreneurial business and/or manufacturing professional to join our Supply Chain team to help define, build and lead our Supplier Management function and capabilities. This role will be instrumental in defining the processes, structures and governance by which AVROBIO evaluates, selects, and manages the performance of our network of external partners (Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations, Contract Testing Organizations, Third Party Logistics Providers, etc.). Additionally, this role will collaborate cross functionally with Supply Chain, External Manufacturing, Process and Analytical Development, CMC, Finance, and Legal to drive, negotiate and manage a broad pipeline of Contracts, Statements of Work, Purchase Orders, and Request for Proposals with our external partners. Come join us on our journey to help deliver un-incremental change in the emerging field of cell and gene therapy.

Oct 1 2021
Key Responsibilities
  • Act as the single point-of-contact with external partners for contracting/business discussions to ensure Master Service Agreements (MSAs) and Statements of Work (SOWs) are negotiated efficiently and on-time
  • Establish strong working relationships with external partners account management teams and leverage these relationships to enable success and remove bottlenecks as appropriate
  • Establish cross-functional relationships with internal partners, including External Manufacturing, Process and Analytical Development, CMC, Quality, Legal, and Finance to collect input required to negotiate contracts and manage partner performance
  • Partner with the Legal and Finance teams to ensure terms and conditions of contracts adhere to the Company’s legal practices and that work packages are within budget
  • Lead negotiations on pricing, commercial terms, and other key business terms in MSAs and SOWs
  • Manage the front-end of the contracting process including budget approval, contract approval/execution, and PO generation and tracking
  • Create and manage processes to ensure appropriate Cost to Budget accruals on a routine basis throughout the lifecycle of the contract
  • Generate Request-for-Proposals (RFPs) and manage the vendor evaluation/selection process to find new development, manufacturing, and testing partners as needed
  • Work with the Manufacturing and Technology leadership team to develop strategic frameworks for engaging with long-term partners to achieve cost-savings and maximize manufacturing and testing flexibility
  • Establish processes, procedures and governance for supplier evaluation, selection and performance management
  • Lead / facilitate business review meetings with our external partners
  • Other responsibilities as required
Minimum Requirements/ Qualifications
  • Degree in Life Sciences or Business, with 10+ years of relevant industry experience, preferably in the field of cell and gene therapy
  • Experience negotiating contracts, including MSAs and SOWs
  • Knowledge of the cell and gene therapy CDMO industry preferred
  • Understanding of biologics manufacturing, including process development, technology transfer, and GMP production
  • Strong organizational, collaboration and conflict resolution skills and experience
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to influence across multiple functions.
  • Strong collaborative interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate others and resolve conflict situations while prioritizing work in a dynamic environment.
  • Comfortable with the rapid changes inherent in a startup environment. Experience navigating both success and failure of programs with gravitas.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, including combining attention to detail with a big picture perspective.
  • Available to travel if/when needed.

Our vision is to bring personalized gene therapy to the world. We aim to prevent, halt or reverse disease throughout the body with a single dose of gene therapy designed to drive durable expression of functional protein, even in hard-to-reach tissues and organs including the brain, muscle and bone. Our ex vivo lentiviral gene therapy pipeline includes clinical programs in Fabry disease, Gaucher disease type 1 and cystinosis, as well as preclinical programs in Hunter syndrome, Gaucher disease type 3 and Pompe disease. AVROBIO is powered by our industry leading plato® gene therapy platform, our foundation designed to deliver gene therapy worldwide. We are headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., with an office in Toronto, Ontario.

AVROBIO, Inc is an EEO employer