Head of Procurement and Purchasing

Ambrx, Inc.
La Jolla, CA, United States
Feb 11, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Ambrx Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing Precision Biologics using an expanded genetic code. Ambrx technology uses an expanded genetic code to incorporate synthetic amino acids into protein, all completed within a living cell. These synthetic amino acids enable the creation of Precision Biologics, an exciting new class of therapeutics with broad application and potential. This includes next-generation antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), bispecifics, and targeted immuno-oncology therapies for cancer as well as smart cytokines to modulate the immune system, and long-acting therapeutic peptides for metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Ambrx is seeking a highly motivated Head of Procurement and Purchasing to be a key member of a fast-paced and dynamic organization. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing Ambrx's overall procurement strategy and purchasing operations. The position will develop and monitor key supplier relationships, establish business partners across functions, and implement strategies to source the business and negotiation contracts effectively and in compliance with our policies. This position will also be responsible for maintaining contractual agreements for the company. This position will report to the CFO and COO.

Primary Responsibilities:

Procurement and Purchasing:
• Develop and implement best-in-class procurement strategy for sourcing company supplies,
materials and equipment from approved vendors
• Ensure use of competitive RFP and/or alternate supplier proposals as appropriate to maintain
competitive pricing and high quality, with the goal of reducing overall costs and ensuring availability of key materials
• Verify current and potential suppliers service abilities and expertise
• Provide non-biased leadership for annual review/bidding process for general supplies and
• Qualify, negotiate with, and select suppliers in partnership with relevant internal employees
• Manage vendor relationships and activities of the onsite supplier representatives.
• Maintain Great Plains purchase requisition module and ensure that the controls are
functioning appropriately and efficiently.
• Oversee/manage timely generation and communication of purchase order information to
suppliers and internal stakeholders, as appropriate
• Establish relationships with internal business partners/customers
• Partner with Facilities, Lab Operations, and Research and Development departments to
ensure capital equipment purchases are executed competitively and proficiently
• Gain in-depth knowledge of company operations and activities to ensure purchasing
initiatives leverage across functions and projects
• Provide trouble shooting support to finance and accounting colleagues on purchase order or systems related issues, as necessary
• Comply with all chemical and lab supply ordering/tracking requirements and procedures
• Establish annual objectives for Purchasing in line with company objectives
• Initiate projects for improvement and streamlining of departmental operations
Contracts Administration:
• Establish, maintain and centralize the contracts base.
• Negotiates and administers corporate contracts and related auxiliary agreements and
guides and coordinates contracts professionals, where applicable, on such activities.
• Prepares and disseminates information throughout the company regarding contract
status, compliance, modification, deviation, negotiation, and termination
• Ensures contracts are in conformance to original proposal, and in accordance
with legal requirements, customer specifications and government regulations
• Initiates documentation to authorize and direct work in accordance with contractual

• Bachelor's degree in related field, and 5-7+ years of purchasing experience, including 3-5 years of direct purchasing experience in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry.
• Proven track record of Purchasing/Materials experience and negotiation successes
• Proven track record reviewing and negotiating contractual agreements
• Detail oriented, well organized and able to effectively perform multiple tasks
• Proven Supervisory and Project leadership/management skills
• Assertive, diplomatic, self-directing and collaborative skills
• Willing to hold others accountable and able to manage across and throughout the
organization without authority
• Excellent communication (written and oral) and listening skills
• Knowledge of electronic purchase requisition systems and ERP systems (Great Plains
• Experience in internal control compliance preferred
• Familiarity with all functional areas of Purchasing and relevant Biotech/Pharmaceutical
industry procedures and functions To be considered as an applicant, please submit your resume/CV referencing the specific position of interest to careers@ambrx.com Applicants whose qualifications and experience most closely match the requirements of the position will be reviewed. Candidates will only be contacted for evaluative discussions. Ambrx offers competitive compensation & benefits. EOE