Director, Procurement

Alumis Inc.
South San Francisco, CA
Jun 22, 2022
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Director of Procurement is responsible for managing the Company’s procurement functions to achieve on-time, cost effective, high quality services and materials for in-direct, research and development, and other internal customers.  This is a manager and leadership role whose responsibilities include driving all aspects of strategic and operational elements of procurement and various business solutions. The Director of Procurement will identify the best source of supply, goods, and services, negotiate contracts, and be responsible for all aspects of the relationship with suppliers and service providers. The role is responsible for prioritizing and driving sourcing initiatives, implementing and improving practices for effective and efficient processes, evaluating and implementing procurement tools and applications, and effectively communicating procurement policies and procedures to the organization.  The Director of Procurement will plan, supervise, and coordinate all purchasing activities and corporate/professional services for the Company.




  • Develop, communicate, and implement purchasing strategies, policies, and processes to increase effectiveness and efficiency across the organization using best practices
  • Provide responsive purchasing support and business solutions to the organization
  • Manage third party support teams, clarifying business requirements and driving solutions and quality support
  • Negotiate contracts that set out prices, quality standards, cost reduction targets, delivery timescales, and commercial terms and conditions. Monitor performance against contractual standards with works with the suppliers and services providers to achieve continuous improvements in cost and performance
  • Deploy proactive measures and monitor organization performance to ensure timely and accurate placement of purchase quotations and purchase orders, tracking and delivery of incoming materials, and the tracking and handling of supplier receipts and invoices
  • Work with supplier organizations to improve their performance
  • Establish Key Performance indicators related to purchasing and (inventory replenishment, including benchmarking)
  • Establish an effective purchasing performance monitoring process
  • Supervise the internal or outsourced team to ensure purchasing activities and business solutions are compliant with company requirements. Ensure strong transaction discipline, including policy development
  • Develop and train employees by providing employee feedback, conducting employee performance reviews, and maintaining appropriate career development plans for subordinates to assume greater responsibilities and drive group productivity
  • Implement and drive group productivity and business outsourced solutions to achieve established goals and objectives
  • Analyze and document functional business requirements, evaluating new SCM applications, modules, and processes to meet business needs
  • Collaborate cross functionally with colleagues in operations, legal, technology, and finance
  • Manage Company’s travel program, including development and maintenance of associated policies
  • Manage Company’s corporate card program, including development and maintenance of associated policies
  • Manage or provide professional advisory support for various outsourced business solutions



  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Science, or closely related discipline or equivalent experience and a strong background in Pharmaceutical Indirect Purchasing or Pharmaceutical Purchasing
  • Previous experience in a public company with at least 8-10 years of procurement experience is required, preferably in a pharmaceutical, GMP, SOX or FDA regulated environment
  • Practical and advanced understanding of purchasing best practices
  • Leadership skills required including project management, and the ability to lead cross-functional teams to decisions
  • Proven ability to evaluate quality and negotiate with vendors to obtain best pricing
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of accounting in relation to inventory
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in MS Office, purchasing systems, and ERP modules supporting the procure-to-pay function.  Experience with ERPs and expense reporting tools. Experience in CLM software/systems preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language
  • Must be proactive, results oriented, and have strong attention to detail, along with an ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to implement processed, policies and systems related to the acquisition of goods and services
  • Experience with managing outsourced business solutions



  • Demonstrated cross-functional team leadership
  • Must be able to problem solve and handle multiple tasks effectively
  • Ability to develop and implement a well-thought-out procurement strategy
  • Ability to quickly obtain knowledge and understanding of the company’s in-house operations
  • Project Management and ability to work cross functionally
  • Experience in Strategic Sourcing analysis and implementation
  • Strong background and ability in administration of contracts
  • Strong analytical, research and negotiation skills
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively at any level
  • Ability to drive aggressive implementation plans and schedules


This position is located in South San Francisco, CA. At this time, we are not considering fully remote applicants.


Alumis Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. 


If you are hired, we will require you to prove that you have received all CDC-recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.