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Director, Planning and Procurement

LocationVancouver, British Columbia
Job ID R0001213 Date posted 11/29/2018

Job Description Summary

In order to support our rapid growth, we are seeking a Director, Planning and Procurement. The Director, reporting to the Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations, is responsible for all aspects of STEMCELL Technologies Demand Driven Planning and Procurement function globally, focusing on direct and indirect materials, parts, components, services, and capital equipment.

The Director will develop policies and procedures to ensure the efficient and cost effective planning of raw material and finished goods inventory to meet customer demand, to source and negotiate major supply agreements, coordinate purchasing activities within a wide variety of internal departments, and to develop and implement risk mitigation and continuity of supply strategies. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, lead and direct all aspects and functions of the global procurement team

  • Manage supplier relationships and assume responsibility for all procurement procedures and activities

  • Collaborate with internal teams to source, qualify and secure supplies in accordance with corporate strategy including financial, supply and quality goals

  • Evaluate raw material risk exposure and work with global operation teams to develop and execute mitigation strategies

  • Identify and evaluate new supplier partnership opportunities, industry best practices, market and/or competitive trends

  • Lead and direct improvement in vendor and contract management processes globally

  • Lead major and/or strategic supply agreement negotiations

  • Recommend and implement operational improvements to drive efficient, low cost procurement administration and appropriate automation and to ensure an effective internal experience with the sourcing process

  • Develop, lead and work within the parameters of a Demand Driven Operating Model to lead and remain accountable for global inventory management and production planning

  • Provide leadership and expertise to set supply chain metrics to allow for optimal planning.  Key metrics include customer order fulfillment/back orders, inventory valuation/turn and shelf-life service level.

  • Collaborate with Sales Operations to drive sales forecast and demand planning activities using Demand Driven S&OP methodologies

  • Develop and oversee key performance indicators to measure and track progress against company goals

  • Lead, manage, coach, develop and evaluate direct reports through regular one-on-one and team meetings and human resources programs


  • Minimum graduate degree in Supply Chain or Business Management, with additional industry designations or training

  • Minimum 15 years of experience in a supply chain planning or procurement management role in the life sciences sector

  • Strong understanding and adoption of Demand Driven(MRP), Demand Driven S&OP methodologies and experience in developing a Demand Driven Operation.

  • Experience operating in a production environment utilizing SAP S/4 Hanna is an asset

  • Strong business acumen, with a broad organizational perspective to understand impact of decisions

  • International experience where complex contracts and logistics are utilized

  • Proven track record of leveraging large suppliers to meet quality, price and delivery requirements

  • Demonstrated strong cross-functional team skills, supporting business units and other departments to meet business goals

  • Thorough knowledge of industry practices and standards; experience driving process improvements and best practices, including in e-procurement

  • Proven people leadership and management skills, able to set a compelling vision that inspires individuals and teams to embrace change and continually focus on performance improvement

  • Mature, committed, collaborative, and respectful

Direct Reports typically include:

  • Purchasing Manager

  • Category Manager

  • Demand Planning and Inventory Manager

  • Supply Chain Analyst

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 significant career development opportunities.

To apply please select the apply button. You will then be directed to a login screen asking you to set up an account. You must set up an account in order to apply. 

Create an account by selecting the create account button.  You will then be asked for your email and to create a password. Your Password must be eight characters long, contain at least one special character, one capital letter, and a number.Once you have created your password you will be asked to upload your resume. Uploading your resume will provide the ability to auto-populate your application with information from your resume. If you prefer to manually complete all of the fields in the application you can do this by clicking next. You can upload your cover letter as an attachment in the attachments screen. Thank you for your interest in STEMCELL!


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