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Sourcing/Category Manager

Eikon Therapeutics
Hayward, CA
Start date
May 15, 2024

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Eikon Therapeutics is a new biopharmaceutical company employing revolutionary technology at the intersection of chemistry, engineering, computation, and biology to discover novel treatments for life-threatening diseases. Eikon’s discovery platform is built on groundbreaking innovations from its founders (Nobel Prize, 2014), culminating in the creation of microscopes which enable real time, molecular-resolution measurements of protein movement in living cells, thereby unlocking otherwise intractable classes of proteins as drug targets.


This role is an opportunity to be a critical member of a team of procurement and supply chain professionals supporting various internal stakeholders in meeting their diverse range of goods and services needs. In particular, the Sourcing/Category Manager will directly support research functions at Eikon including Biology, Chemistry, and Research Operations with oversight of categories of spend including but not limited to lab consumables/safety wear, various lab services, lab equipment, media, reagents, pre-clinical outsourced research and studies.

About You

An ideal candidate is someone who prioritizes collaboration, can excel working in a fast-paced environment, is result-oriented, and motivated to consistently deliver excellence in their work.

What You’ll Do

  • Collaborate with Scientists and Research Operations to identify product and service needs and opportunities to formulate into procurement strategies.
  • Collaborate with Scientists and Research Operations personnel to develop and implement category rationale and supply strategies for a wide variety of products and services.
  • Lead the sourcing, evaluation, and onboarding of new suppliers that are key to the company’s short and long-term success. Lead and/or support ad hoc projects (e.g. RFQs/Bids) to address various supply needs.
  • Co-lead the implementation of a supplier management framework and process. Utilize continuous improvement to drive the resolution of supplier issues and improve performance. Review and negotiate supplier agreements with legal and in alignment with stakeholder needs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key cross-functional stakeholders to ensure implementation of, and compliance with, agreed sourcing strategies.
  • Advise and educate stakeholders on viable primary and secondary sources of key material needs; organize and host product/supplier workshops where appropriate.
  • Manage end-to-end Purchase Order (PO) process for some departments as needed or directed.
  • Identify, benchmark, and communicate industry trends, market conditions, supply risks, and best practices within assigned category spend areas.
  • Proactively recommend avenues of spend efficiencies including bid cycles, alternate sourcing, volume pricing/breaks, tax exemptions, and vendor managed inventory (VMI).


  • Postgraduate degree with 4+ years of experience or Bachelor’s degree with 6+ years of experience in Life Sciences, Supply Chain, Business, or other related discipline.
  • Industry certifications desirable (e.g. ISM, ASCM, CIPS).
  • Proven experience in category management, sourcing, or strategic procurement preferably in life science research industry (GxP or non-GxP).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in assessing, translating, and communicating organizational needs into actionable supplier interactions.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills with previous experience obtaining a seat at the table and partnering with internal research stakeholders to address objectives.
  • Excellent skills in supplier/project management, negotiation, and stakeholder influence.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, JIRA, SAP, Coupa P2P and/or similar programs.
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently.

At Eikon, employee compensation also includes bonus and equity compensation, in addition to several generous benefit programs, including:​

  • 401k plan with company matching​
  • Medical (premiums covered by Eikon at 95%), dental and vision insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%)​
  • Mental health and wellness benefits​
  • Weeklong summer and winter holiday shutdowns​
  • Generous paid time off and holiday policies​
  • Life/AD&D Insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%) and optional supplemental employee-paid life/AD&D policies ​
  • Enhanced parental leave benefit​
  • Daily subsidized lunch program when on-site​

The expected salary range for this role is $122,000 to $133,000 depending on skills, competency, and the market demand for your expertise.

Eikon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment.

In accordance with the Company’s duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace, the Company requires all employees to be Fully Vaccinated with one of the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines, which includes those vaccines that have received the FDA’s emergency use authorization. You will be expected to be Fully Vaccinated as of your Start Date. If you believe that you are exempt from this requirement under an applicable law or regulations, including Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, you will need to contact the Company’s Human Resources group. For purposes of this section, Fully Vaccinated means (i) the completion of the vaccination regimen as approved by the FDA (by way of example, 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 1 dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine), and (ii) timely receiving booster vaccination, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We are currently not accepting any new third-party agencies or firms at this time. Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our website, employees or Human Resources. Eikon Therapeutics will not pay fees to any third-party agency or firm associated with unsolicited resumes.


Eikon is a pioneering drug discovery and development company that leverages superior engineering and high-performance computing to analyze single molecule protein behavior in living cells. We are engineering a battery of innovative tools and technologies for biological exploration in drug discovery and beyond.

Eikon thrives on the energy and creativity of interdisciplinary teams. We are physicists and chemists, biologists and engineers. We spend our days context-switching between multiple scientific languages. We work with lasers, super-resolution microscopes, and robot arms. We leverage machine learning, cell line engineering, and the collective intelligence of world-class scientists and technologists to observe therapeutically relevant biology in a way no one has before.

We’re endlessly curious, intellectually honest and we love what we do. We’re driven to learn the true mechanisms of biology and pharmacology at the molecular level, to make the biggest difference in as many lives as possible.

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