Director of Supply Chain

Job Description
Essential Job Functions and Accountabilities:

Forecasting and Procurement Management

Oversee the purchasing of manufacturing materials required based on planned demand from Project Teams / Clinical Department and / or ERP system

Determine long, medium and short term material needs based on delivery lead times and manufacturing needs

Work with QA department to integrate new materials and suppliers and to support quality compliance audits

Participate in contractual negotiations with potential and current suppliers to ensure proper legal terms, maximum value / purchase discounts, supplier performance, the highest quality of products and services

Ensure on-time ordering and processing of all Merrimack manufacturing purchase orders and material supply contracts

Install forecasting processes and tools for use with Oracle Supply Chain Planning module

Track material forecast accuracy and consumption

Shipping and Receiving

Responsible for warehouse operations including shipping, receiving, materials tracking, and for supervising materials personnel

Communications with all related shipping/distribution suppliers and CMO’s and the management of all product and sample related shipment transactions within the supply chain

Manage GMP materials control and logistic activities related to the initiation and management of all Merrimack incoming materials, bulk drug substance/intermediates and finished drug products

Materials Management

Ensure materials are properly received, inspected, and logged into, tracked in, and released from the inventory ERP system

Track inventories throughout the supply chain and provide transaction/inventory status as requested

Monitor on hand inventory levels for efficient working capital management and identification of excess and obsolete materials. Establish a system to track and quantify scrap expenses

Establish and maintain systems properly release and track materials to Merrimack projects and batches

Establish systems to properly mitigate Merrimack risk related to product recalls

Process Management

Establish systems to track actual material cost of goods vs. planned cost of goods by batch and by product

Study new industry trends and developments and apply to future development approaches and strategies. Identify best practices both within and outside of Merrimack that can be used to accelerate the supply chain developments.

Manage and drive the overall Merrimack Supply Chain to world class standards: balancing demand/operations/inventory, and guarantee a cost efficient (optimal internal and external flows) supply chain structure

Maintain and develop key metrics to support and to drive continuously reducing lead times and costs (including inventory)

Proactive scheduling and communication of timelines and inventory levels


Have demonstrated ability to set clear goals and expectations for the team with measurable outcomes

Proven to be able to communicate proactively across functional areas even if the message is difficult

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

BA/BS Degree

10+ years experience in a manufacturing environment with materials logistics, ideally in the Biotech or Pharma industry

Integral knowledge of Oracle a plus

Enthusiastic and flexible person who likes the challenge of working with a variety of teams in a multi-tasking environment.

Must have great leadership skills and be able to hold individuals accountable for performance

Excellent time management, decision-making and conflict management skills

Strategic sourcing experience including supplier qualification and development

Must be able to operate in both a strategic as well as tactical mode

Excellent oral and written communication skills


Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

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