Supply Chain Manager

Background/Job Summary

The Gates Biomanufacturing Facility is seeking a Materials Management/Supply Chain Manager for our Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility/warehouse. This critical and fast-paced position will facilitate proper inventory levels based on demand and forecast, control inventory value, champion continuous improvement initiatives, and pursue cost reductions. This position will lead the Materials team by providing leadership, support and training, as well as being the representative of the department in business-related discussions. The Material Management/Supply Chain Manager will facilitate existing supplier relations, cultivate new partnerships and work as a member of the Quality team to assist in executing strategic purchasing. The Materials Management/Supply Chain Manager works directly with the Directors of the Supply Chain, Quality, and Operations groups to ensure a continuous supply of materials to maintain adequate inventory levels to enable GMP Cell Therapy and Protein production runs and on-time client delieveries.

The Supply Chain Manager will also be responsible for analyzing purchasing processes to evaluate their effectiveness, as well as ensuring compliance with the University of Colorado’s procurement policies and procedures. He/she will also evaluate supplier proposals and oversee purchasing performance based on service, cost, quality, and availability. The Manager strives to minimize expenses, develop detailed purchasing reports, and recommend changes to acquisition processes as needed. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the management of all aspects of Materials/Supply Chain operations including procurement, inventory management, and timely issuance of material to manufacturing areas.
  • Supervise and participate in the direct receipt, warehousing, quarantine, release and distribution of GMP and research-grade production supplies and final products. The ability to work with time/temperature sensitive and critical controlled materials and suppliers under pressure and with tight deadlines is essential.
  • Develop and maintain an extensive knowledge of materials needs as designated by the Directors of Cell Therapy and Protein Production, including production trends, needs forecasting, planning, and related conditions.
  • Function as a liaison between GBF and suppliers for all sourcing and procurement related correspondence (e.g. quotations, purchase orders, contracts, evaluations, rejections, corrective actions, discrepancies, etc.). Involves extensive interaction with University and external clients.
  • Manage the implementation and administration of an ERP system, to include MRP and electronic inventory management system.
  • Communicate purchasing opportunities and potential supply and cost impacts to the CFO, Supply Chain, Production, and Quality Directors, and recommend appropriate actions to minimize any negative impact.
  • Perform ongoing analysis of supplier costs, performance and products. Issue and resolve product complaints, and recommend supplier changes as necessary.
  • Participate as an essential member of the GBF Material Review Board.
  • Foster a culture of safety and continual improvement through the implementation of safety policies and training in compliance with GBF and University compliance and programs.



Professional Experience

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree plus 3-5 years of Materials Management/Supply Chain experience with emphasis in one or more of the following areas: Warehouse Management, Planning, Logistics, Purchasing, and/or Inventory controls.
  • 2+ years of experience in a supervisory or a team lead role.
  • Degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Production Operations, Industrial Engineering, or Business Administration, a plus.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with high inventory turn-over, critical lead times and hazardous/temperature sensitive materials.
  • Direct participation with internal and external supplier audits.
  • Experience leading a materials management/procurement team functions in a regulated environment (e.g. GMP), preferred but not required.
  • Participation in a Lean manufacturing or continuous improvement team is desirable.
  • Proven ability to implement process improvement initiatives and KPIs.

Technical Skills

  • Advanced proficiencies in Microsoft Excel and proficient computer skills in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook required.
  • Working knowledge of a mid-market electronic ERP, inventory management and resource planning system (e.g. Great Plains, Microsoft Dynamics etc.) is preferred.
  • Must be able to consistently produce accurate, professional-quality reports; strong analytical capabilities.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to influence, customer service, self-sufficiency, effective time-management
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, flexible, professional, can do attitude required.
  • Must be able to work with little supervision and use independent judgment.
  • Ability to work well with people and project a professional image to vendors and coworkers.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills


Working Environment/Physical Demands


Physical Demands


Standing, walking, stooping/bending and the ability to lift up to 40 lbs. Reaching at times above shoulder/ below knee level are also required as part of routine operations.

Contact Terri Foote at 

[email protected]