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Associate Director / Director of Procurement

Position Summary:                     

We are seeking an Associate Director / Director of Procurement to lead Achaogen’s procurement organization to proactively manage Achaogen’s annual enterprise wide spend base. Reporting to the CFO, this role serves as the senior strategic leader of the Procurement team, with regular access and exposure to executives throughout the organization. Key to success is work and advocate for collaborative and cross functional solutions to in order to advance our rapidly growing business. The Associate Director / Director of Procurement will develop and execute a strategic vision for Procurement to support Achaogen’s continued growth; have a deep customer service orientation and will be focused on delivering the best and highest value to Procurement’s customers; bring a data driven, analytical approach to prioritize focus areas across the organization. Strong external and internal relationship skills are essential to build partnerships to advance Achaogen's mission.


Essential Functions:

Strategic and Subject Matter Expertise

  • Develop Develop and execute a best practice strategy for the Contract Research Organization (CRO) category within Achaogen.
  • Develop best practices for other lab related sub-categories and embed into the organization.
  • Develop and implement key processes, functional business alignment and performance measurement for each sub-category.
  • Establish a reputation for excellence in sourcing, outsourcing and supplier management in each sub-category.
  • Develop supplier partnerships in critical spend areas.
  • Develop a category supply market expertise within Achaogen.
  • Develop and manage department budget.

Business Partnership

  • Develop strong partnerships with key stakeholders in the category and align Procurement practices to meet or exceed business requirements.
  • Develop strong supplier relationship management processes and identify those suppliers with whom close partnerships and alliances would be most appropriate.
  • Align with key business stakeholders in development the mindset of fiscal discipline and financial control for the category.
  • Work closely with Project Management, finance, and Clinical Operations teams to ensure fiscal budgets and re-forecasts reflect current status of clinical study activities and budgets.
  • Develop new tools, templates, and processes in support of clinical outsourcing activities.
  • Identify and coordinate negotiations of a preferred provider relationship with selected vendors.
  • Develop processes for managing vendor financial and partner relationship..
  • Identify and assess appropriate industry outsourcing benchmarks and metrics


  • Manage governance teams for clinical trials; facilitate utilization of service level agreements with CRO partners.
  • Develop and manage relationships with CROs and key vendors to support Achaogen clinical programs.
  • Embed controls that ensure compliant Procurement processes and fiscal management in relation to suppliers and company spend.
  • With inputs from the business, develop management and productivity opportunities.
  • Support the functional heads to embed supplier management best practices consistently.
  • Proactively recommend changes to business stakeholders to manage Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

People and Talent Development

  • Create and embed a culture of accountability, service excellence and pro-activeness.
  • Ensure a rigorous and long-term succession plan for all key positions is in place; support the careers of key talent to meet organizational leadership needs.
  • Drive an agenda of inclusion across the team, the company and into the supply base.


Preferred Experience:

  • Minimum of 7-11 years of biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry in a senior role with exposure to Procurement, Finance, Alliance Management, category specific expertise.
  • Successful track record in implementing and leading company-wide initiatives and developing cooperative, productive relationships across all functions with people at all levels within and external to the organization.
  • Biopharma, healthcare, life sciences industry experience is required.
  • Ability to think creatively and analytically about clinical outsourcing requirements and budgets, resulting in recommendations to drive outsourcing efficiency.
  • Experience in implementing ERP and building finance capabilities.
  • Experience in Clinical categories.
  • Extensive experience in financial and strategic analysis.
  • Requires in-depth knowledge of the “best practices” in the source-to-pay space.
  • Clear demonstration of leadership, teamwork/collaboration, and strategic thinking a must.


Preferred Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in science, engineering, supply chain or finance.
  • MBA preferred.


Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Licensed/Certified in Six Sigma, CPA, project management.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to influence and negotiate.
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Current US work authorization required.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.


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