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Associate Director, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing

Company: Atara Biotherapeutics
Location: Thousand Oaks
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as Associate Director, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing. The successful candidate will lead sourcing and procurement activities primarily in support of the Operations business function. Responsibilities for this role will include sourcing category strategy development and project execution. This role will be hands-on reporting to our Senior Director, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing. Activities will include category strategy development, supply market analysis, sourcing project execution (e.g., RFI, RFPs, RFQs), risk management, contract negotiations, and supplier relationship management.

Reports to Sr. Director, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing

Location Thousand Oaks, CA or South San Francisco

Travel: Travel as required (up to 30%)

Key Responsibilities / Deliverables

  • Develops and executes sourcing category strategies using data analysis, risk assessments, internal customer needs and supplier landscape knowledge.
  • Leads sourcing initiatives including requests for proposals, supplier selection, and negotiations.
  • Develops a deep understanding of business partner objectives to ensure alignment with sourcing initiatives.
  • Partners with Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Quality and Process Sciences to develop business requirements and execute sourcing initiatives
  • Designs and implements effective risk management programs.
  • Develops sourcing strategies to ensure continuous supply with minimal risk and improved pricing and product quality.
  • Leads development and execution of a supplier relationship management framework
  • Drives continuous improvement within Sourcing and Procurement processes by leveraging Operational Excellence tools and resources


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Life Sciences, or other technical degree and 8+ years of relevant experience in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry OR
  • MBA and 6+ years of relevant experience in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry
  • Extensive experience leading sourcing initiatives of all kinds (e.g., rapid sourcing, targeted negotiations, complex category strategies, supplier relationship management, outsourcing)
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and creative leader, able to prioritize, multi-task, and work in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding strategic skills with the ability to transform general goals into actionable plans.
  • A true team player focused on adding value
  • Experience with e-procurement and e-sourcing applications (e.g., Ariba, Coupa, ScoutRFP, Workday, Zycus)
  • Skilled negotiator with experience developing and executing complex negotiation strategies
  • Strong leadership presence with ability to garner respect through sound technical analysis, business judgment and clear decision-making.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to lead, interact with, influence, resolve conflict and drive decisions among individuals from a variety of cultures and disciplines.
  • Knowledge of SOX compliance requirements.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other relevant applications
  • Role model for Atara TRAIT values (Transparency, Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Trust

More about Atara Bio

We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We are considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company (Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.

We're proud of our team of 425+ Atarians co-located by design in 4 different locations including South San Francisco (corporate headquarters), Thousand Oaks (R&D and manufacturing headquarters), Zug, Switzerland (european headquarters) and a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area. Our Southern California hub is anchored by a new 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Atara T-Cell Operations and Manufacturing (ATOM) facility. Our mission - "Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions through pioneering science, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence."

Our vision - "T-Cell Immunotherapy for every patient, any time."

Atara offers a competitive benefits packages that includes medical/dental/vision benefits, life and disability, retirement and stock program, as well as a generous paid time off and wellness plan that supports the well-being of our staff. Visit to learn more.

Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or because of the individual's association with a member of a protected group or connection to an organization or group related to a protected group.We comply with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Atara Bio in the United States.

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