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Director, Materials Management (Vacaville Site)

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Company: Roche
Contract: PERM
Location: California - Vacaville, United States

At Roche, we believe every employee makes a difference. We are passionate about transforming patients’ lives. We are courageous in both decision and action, we believe that good business means a better world.

The Director of Materials Management has overall responsibility for creating the Supply Chain short and long-term strategy, developing logistics, and distribution strategy, leading GMP materials planning, Facility Programming, Production Scheduling and implementing business systems capability for the Vacaville Drug Substance manufacturing site. 

The Director of Materials Management will be a member of the Vacaville Site Leadership team and must be well-versed in all supply chain aspects and be a visionary to support the organization’s evolving supply chain needs.


Key Responsibilities



  • Develop and communicate organizational strategies, which proactively promotes a positive safety culture and GMP operating principles to achievement of long term goals.
  • Create an environment of strong team spirit, timely and effective communications, sense of urgency, high motivation and inspire teams to achieve goals in the immediate and longer term. 
  • Be an active and visible change agent, promoting flexible and open mindsets to new opportunities.
  • Actively develop employees, create a climate of continuous improvement, high engagement and motivation, flexibility and agility.
  • Build a strong pipeline of talent and robust succession plans for key positions.
  • Manage and administer people processes including selection, hiring, promotion, and compensation and provide training of personnel on company and department policies systems and processes.
  • Build a culture of continuous improvement and model lean leadership principles.


  • Partner with the Vacaville Leadership Team on strategic business direction and decisions.
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with the site leadership team and network leaders to promote collaboration and assure alignment around strategic projects and day-to-day activities and to assure mutually successful working relationships.
  • Be a strong network partner through sharing best practices and lessons learned. 


  • Develop annual budget, revise forecasts to meet business needs and monitor/control expenditures to assure efficient use of company resources.


  • Direct and provide guidance on all materials management matters, to ensure all operations are safe, compliant, reliable and efficient, in order to ensure fulfillment of market demands and objectives set by the company. 
  • Define the strategies needed to reach the site and network goals. Develop and communicate goals and metrics to ensure achievement of goals. 
  • Direct and provide strategic guidance on facility programming and scheduling of all executable production related operations .
  • Leads GMP warehouse (TSA approved) and logistics of raw materials in support of manufacturing operations, ensure SAP Master Data management and analytics. 
  • Responsible for Foreign Trade, Material and Product Warehousing, Distribution & Transportation and Import/Export Logistics.
  • Oversight of local procurement, which might include contract negotiation management and supplier relations for manufacturing materials, site services and capital purchases.
  • Partners and coordinates with other Roche legal entities in the country for procurement activities.
  • Support commercial supply chain planning business process, ensure commercial supply and inventory plans are executable and communicated to the Manufacturing Unit.
  • Leads and oversees monitoring, analysis and reporting of supply and inventory positions for the Manufacturing unit.
  • Partners with global planning and other site leadership team members to assess production plan feasibility and production scenarios
  • Partners with strategic planning to communicate the manufacturing unit's capacity and capability for Long-range plans.
  • Leads Tank management at network level in collaboration with the Biologics Drug Substance, Drug Product and Pharma Technical Development organizations. Build an integrated global Tank Management operation that will meet the demands of the Roche Biologics network
  • Lead and manage the Safety Health and Environment elements of the organization appropriately.

Who You Are:

  • You hold a Bachelor’s degree (supply chain, logistics, science, business, engineering or other relevant discipline preferred); Graduate or higher-level Degree is preferred
  • APICS, CPIM or CIRM certification is preferred
  • 12 or more years work experience in the Pharma/Biopharmaceutical or related industry in the Procurement or Supply Chain function in support of a GMP-compliant manufacturing environment
  • GMP manufacturing production experience is preferred
  • 8-10 years people management experience
  • Expert knowledge of supply chain management industry best practices and academic principles, practices and standards relevant to the pharmaceutical and cGMP environment
  • Expert knowledge of pharmaceutical materials management, logistics, facility programming/scheduling and supply chain systems
  • Experience with facility programming software (i.e. SAP, Werum, etc) is preferred.
  • Proven ability to deliver fit-for-purpose sourcing and supply management strategies aligned with strategic business needs
  • Strategic thinking, ability to prioritize business needs and focus/deliver results on high impact business requirements
  • A demonstrated strong business background which includes strong negotiation expertise, demonstrated sourcing, contract management of key vendors and suppliers
  • Experience in Lean Manufacturing a plus.
  • Strong leadership, collaboration and influencing skills, with demonstrated ability to problem solve and drive positive change
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • An innovative individual who is creative and possesses curiosity
  • Someone with a high sense of urgency and a driver for results
  • You're experienced in directing and leading large successful organizations with a focus on developing people & teams.


For questions, please check our FAQs and videos on careers.roche.ch/faq or you may contact Carla Alegado at alegado.carla@gene.com who is managing this search.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



Roche is an equal opportunity employer.

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