Senior Manager, Supply Chain

Supply Chain Waltham, Massachusetts


Position Summary:

The Senior Manager, Supply Chain is primarily responsible for ensuring that all clinical trials, including multiple global Phase 3 studies, have timely and adequate supply for administration to patients.  This role includes supply forecasting, determination of an appropriate presentation to the clinical site and subject, setting production schedules, inventory management at depots and sites, order management and proof of delivery, return or destruction and global distribution logistics including import and export management.  This position will work with both internal and external customers, suppliers and CROs to develop and communicate clinical supply project costs, protocol supply plans, and processes to perform quality project execution, ensuring that all project objectives are met in a timely, efficient and high-quality manner. 

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparation of a supply plan to support the supply forecast, including determination of supply overage amounts and regular inventory update to project teams.
  • Manage international distribution and logistics for clinical programs, including importing and exporting clinical supplies
  • Manage clinical packaging/distribution including negotiating contracts, designing clinical supply plans and developing the distribution instructions with clinical supply chain vendors.
  • Develop supply strategy to maximize supply efficiency, minimize waste while identifying risk and develop risk mitigation plans
  • Setting up Interactive Response Technology (IRT) Systems with the clinical team, including UAT testing.
  • Monitor regularly drug expiration; initiate inventory release and re-supply with the IRT system, serving as the unblinded inventory manager.
  • Write and execute test scripts for supply chain management in the IRT system.
  • Achieve operational objectives by providing information and recommendations to strategic plans and Budget reviews
  • Support department budget activities.
  • Review departmental SOPs and ensure updates and compliance with industrial standards.
  • Develop strong internal collaboration with stakeholders, such as Clinical Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Quality, and Manufacturing functions
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education, Registration & Certification:

  • The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in life sciences /engineering or relevant work experience.
  • Passion for learning, creating, relating, communicating, and leading


  • 8-10 years of progressive experience in biopharma supply planning

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Proven experience with forecasting, supply / supply planning, inventory management, clinical, packaging, labeling and distribution including cold chain, import/export and reverse logistics.
  • Comfortable working independently with supervision 
  • Highly organized, results driven, problem solver
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with different levels of management 
  • Highly motivated with the ability to be flexible in a fast-paced environment 
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to effectively juggle multiple ongoing projects to meet deadlines

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

EEO Statement: Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.