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Associate Director Materials Management

Northborough, Massachusetts



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The Materials Supply team is part of the Materials Platform based in Northborough (NBO). The function is responsible for planning and procuring raw materials and supplies to support the commercial manufacturing schedules in Allston, Framingham, Northborough and other development activities at either internal or external locations.  

The Materials Supply team interacts and coordinates with many cross functional groups including Quality (QC, QA, and SQO), Manufacturing, Product Planning, Materials Operations, Procurement and Finance

Position Overview with Key Responsibilities 

This position is primarily responsible for leading the purchasing and materials replenishment function for Sanofi Specialty Care Operations.  The purchasing function is a critical component in the Materials Platform in Massachusetts.  Specific Responsibilities include:  

• Provide leadership and development for the Materials Supply team members. • Proactively monitors raw material inventory levels making safety stock level adjustments as required.  Improve safety stock policy identifying opportunities to decrease stock levels. • Proactively leads the team to interfaces with Materials teams at Sites to ensure material requirements are accurately entered in ERP (SAP or Athena) based on site schedules  • Participates in network level MRB to ensure inventory level meets customer requirements while managing expiry, obsolescence, and cost savings in timely manner 

Participates in projects to ensure materials requirements are documented and agreed to with customers  • Continuously improves utilization of ERP system and apply MRP2 Class A principles.  • Ensures department representation and leadership in Athena improvements.  • Ensures risk assessments are performed on all materials associated with Biologics manufacturing and that business continuity measures are established • Ensures the Materials function is cGMP compliant and inspection ready; creating and adhering to established site/corporate operating procedures to include Material Control, Purchasing Control and Supplier Qualification • Develops and tracks metrics to maximize department productivity and cost-effective use of material resources • Issues regular purchasing performance reports and participates in site daily performance management, +QDCI. • Proactively identifies potential raw material supply interruption and works with functional and cross-functional teams to implement solutions • Participates in Supplier Management Team to review requests for new materials, suppliers, material change notifications and monitor the quality performance of suppliers • Prepares and presents purchasing metrics at monthly Quality Council meetings • Ensures alignment and integration in the Materials Platform value stream. • Acts as key interface with Global Procurement to ensure alignment with Sanofi contracts and preferred suppliers • Develops budgets for labor and capital expenditures for purchasing planning & management and directs the allocation of significant resources to meet financial performance requirements. * Key Responsibilities may differ among employees with the same job title and may change over time, in accordance with business needs

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Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree  

• Minimum of 10 years materials, purchasing or supply chain experience

• Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience

• Minimum of 5 years of experience working with SAP and inventory management systems  

• Excellent communication skills  

• Proficient with MS office applications 

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.



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