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Associate Director / Director, Sales & Operations Planning

Position Summary:

Achaogen is seeking an experienced and highly motivated leader for the position of Associate Director / Director of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), reporting directly to the Senior Director of Supply Chain. The leader will be responsible for developing the company’s S&OP process, managing its governance and driving overall product planning. In this role, s/he will ensure demand and supply plans are in balance and will manage the associated financial, capacity and risk considerations.  S/he will partner closely with Commercial, Regulatory and other Technical Operations functions to mitigate supply risks in the event of a supply shortage. S/he will be responsible for providing visibility to critical supply planning issues, for escalation to senior management and for developing, leading and implementing mitigation plans.  S/he will also manage product changes, allocate products under constraint and develop strategies to improve supply planning and inventory management processes.

The leader in this role must be able to easily flex from executive level discussions to day-to-day management of supply planning; the role is both strategic and hands on.  S/he will routinely advise Achaogen’s Executive Committee and other company management on areas of business opportunity and risks related to commercial supply chain.   

Achaogen is preparing for a New Drug Application (NDA) submission in the second half of 2017 with expected commercial launch in 2018.  This role is a unique opportunity for an experienced Supply Chain leader to shape the supply chain strategy and drive the execution necessary to produce and deliver the company’s first commercial product. 

Essential Functions:

  • Lead S&OP management meetings, prepare all data and metrics for review, identify gaps and scenarios that must be presented, guide final decision making on open items and prepare escalations for executive review where appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate inventory levels across the supply chain through thoughtful planning.
  • Ensure that the finished goods supply chain for the US is uninterrupted and that the appropriate action/escalation is taken as necessary whenever there is a significant threat.
  • Influence Commercial on product forecasting process management and the identification and management of strategies to manage demand variability and forecast accuracy.
  • Work with Sales & Marketing to translate the demand forecast and proactively plan and manage the execution of commercial supply throughout the product life cycle, including contingency plans.
  • Identify and implement recommendations to improve and optimize the supply chain long term (minimize returns, improve shelf life, etc.).
  • Support Finance for month end close and budgeting as it relates to inventory and manufacturing.

Preferred Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of broad and deep supply chain experience – end-to-end planning processes, Sales & Operations Planning, inventory management, product life-cycle management, and modeling related experience in the Biotechnology / Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with globally outsourced pharmaceutical supply chains.
  • Prior experience in Forecasting, Financial Analysis, Product Marketing, Operations and Manufacturing Planning a plus.

Preferred Education:

B.S. degree in Life Sciences or Business (Operations Management or Supply Chain Management) or related field.

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • MBA or advanced degree preferred.
  • APICS CPIM, CIRM certifications a plus.
  • Excellent communicator (written and verbal) and able to create and deliver executive presentations on complex business topics with data and clear expected outcomes.
  • Independent self-starter with demonstrated initiative to take on whatever role is necessary to achieve business objectives.
  • Ability to learn quickly in an unfamiliar area and under minimal supervision.
  • Superior analytical problem-solving skills with an ability to anticipate operational issues and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to influence and work well with others in a proactive and constructive manner, negotiate and build consensus.
  • Strong planning, organization, and time-management skills.
  • Collaborative personality to actively participate in cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated success in fast paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Current US work authorization required.
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally.
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