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Associate Category Manager, Engineering

LocationVancouver, British Columbia
Job ID R0005271 Date posted 03/14/2023

Job Description Summary

Our Procurement team is growing, and we are looking for someone who is proactive, analytical, and collaborative to join this dynamic and innovative biotech environment and help us help scientists advance their medical research.

The Associate Category Manager, Engineering is responsible for assisting with Procurement activities pertaining to outsourced engineered products and instrumentation and support the overall needs of the business. In this role you will develop in-depth knowledge of markets, suppliers and products while working with suppliers and internal stakeholders to maximize value and mitigate risk. You will liaise with suppliers and internal teams and may provide technical input in cross functional initiatives.

You will work on exciting company projects and use your excellent communication skills to negotiate with suppliers and provide technical input in cross-functional initiatives.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the sourcing of products and services, interfacing with internal stakeholders in order to understand their requirements

  • Identify opportunities for improvement with a focus on short and long term cost reductions, operational efficiencies, and quality improvements for material category

  • Assist with the creation of presentations and routine supply and category updates, as required

  • Follow supplier relationship management principles for key suppliers such as: attend internal and supplier-facing business review to monitor supplier’s spend and performance and identify improvement opportunities; work closely with the Planning team to align inventory management strategies with purchasing strategies to ensure a shift from transactional to strategic relationships with supplier

  • Assist in contract negotiations, supply agreement development, contract execution and management

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or advanced degree with 5+ years of relevant experience in procurement or supply chain discipline

  • Strong business analytical skills and comfort with identifying data needs and sources to support procurement, and contract administration

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite or Google Workspace, familiar with ERP software (SAP preferred) and Demand Driven MRP 

  • Exposure to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 quality management systems and cGMPs is an asset 

  • Team player and strong collaborator with a growth mindset, and able to stay calm and focused in high-pressure situations

#United #LI-Hybrid

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative, and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and meaningful career development opportunities.

STEMCELL is well recognized for exceptional leadership and business practices. We are one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and operate an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system to measure and reduce our environmental impact. 

As an equal opportunity employer, STEMCELL is dedicated to ensuring that every employee feels safe, valued, and respected for who they are. We know that scientific progress and innovation occur when diverse, creative minds come together and we are committed to nurturing a culture of inclusivity and belonging. STEMCELL enforces a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination. Selection decisions are solely based on job-related factors.

NOTE: STEMCELL’s vaccination policy requires that all candidates for this role be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including boosters), as currently recommended or required by local health authorities and public health orders, unless an exemption from this policy is approved through our accommodation request process.

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