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Supply Chain Senior Specialist - Buyer/ Planner

Company: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (US)
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

In June 2019, Vertex announced the establishment of a new research site in the Boston area where research, development, and clinical manufacturing for cell and genetic therapies will be primarily based. Cell and genetic therapies represent two rapidly emerging therapeutic modalities with the potential to treat—and even cure—several of the diseases Vertex is focused on, including sickle cell disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and type 1 diabetes. Further investment in a research site specifically designed to advance these programs will be key to Vertex’s continued and sustained leadership in these exciting approaches. At Vertex Cell and Genetic Therapies (VCGT) our research teams will bring together the best biology, technologies and enhanced manufacturing capabilities to ensure we bring these cutting-edge transformative therapies to patients as quickly as possible.

VCGT is seeking a Buyer/Planner to operationalize and perform procurement and sourcing of all raw materials needed to support all VCGT programs.   This position will support Vertex’s cell and gene programs, which includes gene, cell, medical device across research, process development, analytical development, and QC.  The Buyer/Planner will join the fast-growing supply chain team and report into the global VCGT department.  This is an excellent opportunity to become an expert in all areas of cell and gene and medical device. Role will support procurement needs for sites located in Providence, RI and Cambridge, MA and Boston, MA.


  • Represents Supply Chain department on assigned project sub-teams and/or task forces and, with general guidance, executes supply chain production activities

  • Participates in quality investigations by providing research and analyses

  • Implements process improvements to reduce lead-time and eliminate non-value-added activities

  • Executes purchase orders for suppliers and coordinates material deliveries

  • Purchases materials, equipment, supplies, and services, including those of a specialized or complex nature, following prescribed regulations and procedures

  • Prepares purchase orders and order schedules, monitoring and accurately maintaining them throughout their lifecycle, effectively providing feedback to stakeholders on any issues that present risk to plans

  • May perform or aid others in negotiation of schedule, delivery, cost, terms, etc.

  • Works with suppliers and internal stakeholders to resolve quality, delivery, or financial issues

  • Provides timely disposition of non-conforming materials and maintains supplier performance measurements on quality, delivery, and service

  • Compiles and analyzes supplier performance data to enable evaluation and ensure contract compliance

  • Interfaces with strategic sourcing to improve surety of supply, supplier development, program spending, and cost reduction/avoidance

  • Collaborates with other purchasing professionals and cross-functional stakeholders pursuing opportunities for continuous improvement

  • Maintains purchasing master data; lead time, pricing, approved vendors, etc.

  • Participates in the development and improvement of purchasing processes, standard work, and tools

  • May train and coach new or less experienced team members

  • Focuses on immediate and urgent business needs while remaining engaged in continuous improvement

  • Prioritize and perform assignments independently to satisfy required timelines, providing periodic updates and feedback to stakeholders and managers

  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Performs appropriate transactions in the iProcurement system

  • Receives in inventory into ERP and may resolve issues with documentation issues

  • Maintain strong cross functional relationships to bolster communication with internal and external stakeholders

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain/Manufacturing Operations-related disciplines

  • 6 years work experience

  • Ability to contribute to complex contract negotiations

  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects with high degree of effectiveness

  • Possesses a distinguished record of delivering on critical project goals and moving projects forward

  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely (written/oral) with all levels of the company

  • Good understanding of the medical device and biotech industry and market

  • Experience with quality management systems (change controls, deviations, etc)

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Experience working in a cGMP environment

  • Experience working in a start-up environment

Keywords: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (US), Cambridge , Supply Chain Senior Specialist - Buyer/ Planner, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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