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Director, Sourcing & Procurement - Supply Chain

Tarsus is looking for inspired individuals who are interested in growing their career while helping us advance our mission to focus on unmet needs and apply proven science and new technology to revolutionize treatment for patients, starting with eye care.

Who is Tarsus? We are a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutic candidates to address diseases with high unmet need.

Tarsus is developing a pipeline of medicines and our lead product candidate, TP-03, is in a Phase 3 and second pivotal trial for the treatment of Demodex blepharitis (DB). TP-03 has the potential to be the first FDA-approved therapeutic and the standard of care for the treatment of Demodex blepharitis, a common lid margin disease that may affect up to 25 million people in the U.S. Significant commercial strategic planning is currently underway for TP-03. We are also developing TP-03 for the treatment of Meibomian Gland Disease, TP-04 for the treatment of Rosacea, and TP-05, an oral, non-vaccine therapeutic for the prevention of Lyme disease.  TP-03 and TP-04 are expected to be in Phase 2a studies in 2022, and TP-05 is currently being studied in a Phase 1b clinical trial.

Join us in advancing our pipeline to address a number of diseases across therapeutic categories including eye care, dermatology, and other diseases with high unmet needs

Let’s talk about some of the key responsibilities of the role:

The Director of Sourcing & Procurement (SP-SC) collaborates across the organization for SPSC supply chain solutions to optimize the supply chain function. In this role, you will collaborate and help develop plans for product availability, optimization and efficiency improvement and will follow-up until implementation is complete. You will also be accountable for improvements in the company’s commercial TP-03 sourcing and procurement requirements. You will also be involved and may also support sourcing and procurement activities for the company’s development products, including TP-04, TP-05 and other future products. CMO and vendor sourcing and procurement activities may include commercial and packaging, labeling, serialization, commercial 3PLs and may also include clinical trial material activities/companies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead key aspects of Sourcing and Procurement projects working directly with the manufacturing and supply chain team, technical operations and CMC, Quality teams to understand end user requirements, plan and execute on defined scope, budget, and transformation results.
  • Leverage applicable procurement knowledge to determine best methods for driving value in meeting the sourcing and procurement request.
  • Execute support requests, applying continuous improvement methodologies where possible.
  • Ensure compliance to applicable policies, standards, and operating procedures.
  • Communicate status, progress, and outcomes of sourcing activities.
  • Create or update relevant documentation.
  • Maintain strong information flows back to all pertinent teams, including high value or non-standard requests, opportunities to aggregate demand and generate additional leverage, regular submission of data and requirements to develop new strategies.
  • Collaborate as needed with relevant functions, including Finance, Project Management, Manufacturing, Tech Ops, QC, Supply Chain, CMC, and Quality to drive operational efficiencies.
  • Research, recommend and develop suitable suppliers.
  • Negotiate terms with suppliers for optimal combination of quality, pricing, and service levels to meet operational and new product development goals.
  • Evaluate the need for and initiate supply a service agreement as appropriate with critical suppliers.
  • Discuss and consult with Operations and Legal the obligations and risks of the supply agreement.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on suppliers, contract provisions, negotiation strategies, service agreements, and regulatory-compliant procurement processes.
  • Serve as an internal consultant providing advice to internal teams by analyzing their needs, providing advice/guidance, brokering contracts, procuring any needed items, and assisting in their cost/benefit analysis/
  • Provide data and participate in decisions such as vendor/mfg. capacity increases.
  • Help resolve availability and quality issues, driving towards peak vendor/supplier performance.
  • Adhere to ISO, GMP, GDP, SOX, and other regulatory requirements and supply chain best practices and guidelines.
  • Special projects as requested and perform additional duties as required.
  • Collaborating cross functionally with Commercial teams, CMC, Manufacturing Technical Operations, Commercial Operations, Finance, Quality Assurance, and Compliance to ensure planned and predictable services are provided to internal partners, external partners, and external customers of Tarsus.
  • This function is critical to the overall results of customer satisfaction, inventory integrity, and supply chain management.

The position reports to the Vice President, Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain Management. The incumbent must act quickly and decisively to assess urgent situations concerning customer requests, and act accordingly to provide immediate attention, correction, and execution of solution. Must continually stay abreast of export/import and trade regulations to insure GDP compliant movement of product in the US and worldwide.

Supply Chain Management

  • Lead the development, approval, and execution of sourcing and procurement activities. The areas of concern include logistics solutions, CMOs packagers, labelers, clinical depots to support US and worldwide shipping and distribution of Tarsus products through collaboration with QA, Compliance, and Manufacturing & Tech Ops, CMC personnel.
  • Serve as technical expert to develop commercial sourcing strategy, optimize the vendor basis, and continue improving the vendor/supplier performance from both strategic and operational perspectives.
  • Use strategic sourcing techniques such as vendor spend analysis and cost benchmarking to deliver cost savings.
  • Liaison between internal/external stakeholders on vendor contracts and budgets. Manages change orders, risk reward proposals, earn backs, volume discounts and other pricing terms.
  • Perform risk management for vendor contracts and agreements, working with Legal and other functions.
  • Collaborate with Finance on budgeting and spend reporting.

Continuous Improvement and SC Operational Excellence

  • Collect, assemble, analyze SC cost data, and make recommendations regarding clinical packaging, labeling, clinical depots, controlled temperature distribution and storage solutions.
  • Apply expert knowledge of GDP compliance and inventory management in delivering logistics process oversight in the development, clinical, and commercial supply chains.
  • Perform oversight of clinical depots and warehouses, quality management systems; facilities, equipment; coordination processes and documentation
  • Maintain and manage risk-based model for management of GDP activities
  • New clinical trials materials represent a significant challenge for this position 
  • Establish an objective measurement of the usefulness of the demand plan, supply plan and order fulfillment processes and make recommendations for change aligned to customer and business need.
  • Establish inventory health metrics to support corporate targets.
  • Establish mechanisms to achieve Key Performance Indicators to drive business results, including leading indicators which will serve as early warning signs of problem performance for contract service providers (CSP) performance.
  • Work with IT, PM, and other departments to identify and standardize around a core set of information system solutions and data analytics platforms.

 Sourcing Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Operations, Industrial Engineering, or related field is required. Master of Business Administration (MBA) or other advanced degree or formal project management, APICS and/or Lean & Six Sigma certifications are preferred.
  • 15+ years of relevant supply chain experience, ideally with at least 5 years of people management experience and with a growing virtual company environment.
  • Experience in cGMP/GDP/GLP, ISO, SOX regulated environment, preferred (Pharma, Combination Product, Biotech, Med Device, etc.).
  • International SC and logistics experience utilizing warehouses, depots or distribution centers preferred.
  • Consistent record for developing, training, and mentoring employee teams in a continuous improvement environment
  • Oracle NetSuite (preferred) and applicable planning tools experience.
  • Clear understanding of the pharmaceutical manufacturing businesses, with the ability to understand critical business systems, tools, and processes to ensure an accurate and meaningful forecast for business success.
  • Experience working with and leading multiple projects and teams simultaneously across a matrixed organization in a start-up, fast growing/fast moving company with an international and growing supply chain. Because we are a growing organization, other duties may be assigned.

 A Few Other Details Worth Mentioning:

  • The position will be based in our beautiful Irvine office, complete with a courtyard, table tennis, snacks and drinks, occasional catered meals, and pet-days. If agreed, the position can be remote/hybrid with expected travel to Irvine office and/or CSPs, CMOs, CPOs, and distribution sites as needed.
  • This position reports directly to the Vice President, Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Some travel may be required – 30-40% (depending on COVID-19 situation)

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