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Commercial Supply Chain Associate Director (Hybrid)

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Job Description

Vertex is searching for an Associate Director of Supply Chain to develop and lead the Small Molecule Supply Chain Standards and Practices Team. The chosen candidate will build and lead a team that is responsible for short- and long-term demand updates in planning system, maintaining planning parameters, maintaining planning business processes and ensuring planning system and business processes are effectively and consistently utilized by the planning team. This team will also be responsible for support of commercial supply chain reporting and analytics with exciting opportunities to help Vertex develop and utilize KPIs and metrics to monitor and improve business performance. This team will additionally be responsible for central activities such as batching, quarterly reconciliation and quarterly expiry and obsolescence analyses.


  • Building the capabilities of the small molecule planning system and business processes in alignment with leading practices and evolving business
  • Ensure effectiveness of SC processes in meeting overall Vertex supply chain objectives
  • Drive long-term SC strategy development & implementation with internal and external stakeholders in alignment with enterprise and functional strategic goals
  • Maintain inventory accuracy, E&O impacts and inventory reconciliation.
  • Facilitation of monthly and quarterly supply planning cycle for all small molecule commercial and near-to-launch programs, ensuring the following: short- and long-term demand plans are proactively managed and appropriately updated in the planning system, planning rules and assumptions are understood, accurate and documented by planners and supply plans constructed by planners are produced with robust and accurate inputs. Collaboration with our Commercial and Finance functions will be pivotal to this responsibility.
  • Oversight and maintenance of small molecule supply chain planning parameters including lead times, safety stock targets, lead times and shelf life
  • Oversight and continuous improvement supply chain planning business processes including understanding current processes, updating process maps as advancements are made and training planners on updates as needed.
  • Maintenance of supply chain planning job descriptions including updating job descriptions as roles evolve.
  • Development and implementation of supply chain reporting and analytics with exciting opportunities to help Vertex develop and utilize KPIs and metrics to monitor and improve SC performance and informing strategic business decisions for broader supply chain needs.
  • Responsible for central activities such as batching, quarterly reconciliation and quarterly expiry and obsolescence analyses.
  • Collaborates with Technical, Quality and Regulatory functions to align mid- and long-term production plans with cross functional objectives and resources.
  • Close collaboration with systems team to ensure system configuration and capabilities support SC business needs and to ensure integrity of data in the system, understand user requirements, develop and implement training materials and drive system enhancements.


  • Demonstrates strong aptitude for influencing without authority and for motivating others and building team unity.
  • Exhibits robust supply chain planning knowledge. Experience in areas of Supply Planning, Inventory Management, MPS/MRP, Demand Planning and S&OP.
  • Experience planning with CMO and collaborating on short term and long term build plans
  • Significant experience using Rapid Response or similar MRP system and OPM or similar inventory tracking system for supply chain planning.
  • Strong knowledge in overall pharmaceutical development and commercial manufacturing
  • Possesses a distinguished record of delivering on critical goals and moving projects forward.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with high degree of effectiveness.
  • Ability to implement a “continuous improvement” mindset/culture for improving our processes and ways of working.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely (written/oral) laterally and vertically.
  • Displays strong commitment to the company’s core values.
  • Knowledge of cGMP, FDA, & regulatory requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific or business discipline
  • 8+ years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • APICS (CIPM OR CSCP) certification and/or Lean six sigma certification

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Flex Designation:

Hybrid-Eligible Or On-Site Eligible

Flex Eligibility Status:

In this Hybrid-Eligible role, you can choose to be designated as:
1. Hybrid: work remotely up to two days per week; or select
2. On-Site: work five days per week on-site with ad hoc flexibility.

Note: The Flex status for this position is subject to Vertex’s Policy on Flex @ Vertex Program and may be changed at any time.

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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