Senior Sourcing Manager - Consumables

San Diego - Headquarters Supply Chain Full-time
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Element Biosciences is a multi-disciplinary startup focused on innovating genetic analysis tools for the research and clinical markets. The Company's technology will broaden the end user experience through improved data quality and simplified workflows to benefit discoveries and diagnosis in healthcare.

We are seeking a self-driven Senior Sourcing Manager to lead our organization. This role will be responsible for all sourcing activities including strategic vendor management, vendor selection, price and contract negotiations and periodic business reviews.

This high visibility position will interact with all levels of the organization and will help shape and execute the sourcing strategy of Element Biosciences. Important to note, we are looking for a SeniorSourcing Manager with strong leadership skills willing to be hands-on.


  • Work with Engineering, Scientists, Manufacturing, and others to create and execute category vision and strategies
  • Manage process of establishing and managing fair contracts that satisfy Element’s needs (i.e. price, capacity, flexibility, supply continuity, and general T & Cs)
  • Develop and manage relationships with strategic and key suppliers
  • Determine and implement Supply Chain KPIs and implement and deploy quarterly business reviews with strategic suppliers
  • Cross-functionally lead supplier down-selection efforts as applicable as well as championing Change Management efforts around this
  • Determine supplier risk and develop escalation and risk mitigation paths
  • Lead cost reduction efforts through active negotiations and supplier selections
  • Research and implement efficiency saving procurement and spend management tools
  • Bring sustainability focus to supply chain management
  • Travel required might be up to 25% (supplier visits)

Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, or related field
  • 8-10+ years in strategic sourcing, procurement, or supply chain management in a manufacturing environment with progressive growth and responsibilities
  • Experience sourcing reagents, chemicals and consumables
  • ISM (or comparable) and MBA preferred


  • Proven work experience in sourcing, contracts, and category management
  • Strong project management and leadership skills
  • Proven negotiating skills and ability to sustain relationships
  • Solid understanding of supply chain concepts
  • Results driven with strong attention to detail
  • Highly analytical with strong decision-making skills
  • Proven experience working with Accounting as it relates to Gross Margin and COGS
  • Experience visiting and auditing factories (ideally domestic and abroad)

Desired soft skills:

  • Demonstrated collaboration and leadership skills
  • Ability to work in very fast paced and dynamic environment
  • High degree of initiative, self-direction, and multi-tasking abilities
  • Fast learner and adaptable