Senior Manager, Supply Chain Logistics

Supply Chain Waltham, Massachusetts


Position Summary:

As the Manager, Supply Chain Logistics, you will interface with a diverse team across Clinical Development, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality and external partners to support key tasks related to planning, shipping & logistics, labeling, packaging and distribution of clinical materials for multiple clinical trials.  We are looking for a professional who has extensive experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, and who has specific experience in logistics activities related to import/export, licenses, tariffs, insurance, VAT reclaim, and importer of record services.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage transportation and logistics activities for domestic and international movements of Drug Substance, Drug Product and Finished Goods between manufacturing sites and warehouses.
    • Prepare and review Global Trade related shipping paperwork such as End Use Letters, Prototype Exemptions, Customs Invoices, USDA Statements, TCSA Statements, and Permits.
    • Plan, execute, and track domestic and international shipments by maintaining close partnerships with Quality Assurance, contract manufacturers, and couriers.
    • Analyze shipping temperature monitoring data
  • Manage courier service providers
  • Assist in the management of global third party logistics providers day-to-day performance and activities
  • Ensure necessary documentation, permits and/or licenses, are obtained and maintained
  • Establish, update and maintain policies and procedures required to maintain good manufacturing practices (GMP) and good distribution practices (GDP) compliance in the storage, distribution and returns of clinical and commercial product
  • Partner with transportation providers and warehouses to develop storage capabilities for commercial and clinical phase products
  • Develop and track appropriate logistics and freight spend metrics to drive results and continuous improvement
  • Develop strategies to reduce costs and supply risk through disciplined analysis, analytics, trending and modeling of key operational data
  • Manage metric scorecards, relevant reports and KPI's for supply chain logistics and distribution activities which highlight achievements, performance gaps and improvement opportunities

Education, Registration & Certification:

  • B.S in Science, Business or Supply Chain, or related experience


  • 6-8 years of hands-on logistics experience in the pharmaceutical industry moving high value clinical and commercial drugs and medical devices
  • Global importation experience
  • Vendor management experience with a major pharmaceutical logistics providers
  • Proficient with wholesaler and specialty pharmacy data is preferred

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Proven experience with inventory management 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 is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

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

Benefits and Perks:

Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: health insurance with full premium coverage, 401K with company match, paid time off (PTO), long- term disability insurance, life insurance and more!  Visit to learn more.

Company Background:

We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade. We believe that this approach can result in broad inhibition of the principal pathways of the complement system and has the potential to effectively control a broad array of complement-dependent autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

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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.