Senior Manager of Supply Chain

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Reporting to the SVP of Operations, the Senior Manager, Supply Chain is a critical support position to the mRNA manufacturing and R&D business units of the company. Working in close partnership with operational and quality management leaders, the Senior Manager, Supply Chain will be responsible for ensuring Vernal can efficiently source raw materials, manufacture products, store inventory, and transport shipments to consumers in a GMP environment. In this role, you will analyze logistics data to refine the supply chain, negotiate business relationships, and communicate with suppliers, distributors, and internal stakeholders.


  • Sourcing and procurement of all raw and packaging materials via appropriate RFI, RFQ, RFPs, quote request with Vendors.
  • Negotiate supply agreements with vendors, establishing favorable terms and stable pricing as well as guaranteed supply of critical reagents through current and backup vendor selection to mitigate supply risk.
  • Work with Quality to establish and implement a supplier approval qualification program for all raw materials and packaging suppliers and to ensure supply chain systems and processes remain GxP compliant as appropriate.
  • Support Chain of Identity/Chain of Custody and ERP system implementation and maintenance for clinical and commercial business including vendor management, specification review, implementation, training, and change management.
  • Drive quarterly business reviews and periodic strategic vendor relationship management reviews with other stakeholders.
  • Oversee and manage the outbound shipping activities of finished goods and other materials and equipment as needed including the procurement of shipping materials such as ice and packing materials.
  • Work closely with production and R&D staff to ensure materials needs are met in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with the Inventory and Facilities Manager to create efficient materials management systems that comply with Vernal quality and manufacturing needs.
  • Collaborate with other departments to close operational gaps.
  • Optimize stockroom/warehouse functions.

Desired skills and background

  • Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences or business management. MBA, supply chain management, or equivalent education/certification preferred.
  • 5 years of supply chain/logistics experience and vendor management for raw and critical materials in a biotech/pharma/CDMO GMP manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in negotiating and executing supply agreements.
  • Experience working in an ERP environment. SAP preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to balance competing departmental needs and priorities
  • Thorough understanding of and experience in a life science manufacturing and R&D environment
  • Attention to detail and documentation

At Vernal, you will offer knowledge-based solutions to help us address the growing demand for mRNA, lipid nanoparticle (LNP) mRNA, drug screening, and ultimately clinical supply of mRNA.  Together, we will create the most integrated solution for mRNA medicines R&D.  Vernal will become the only one-stop-shop for our clients’ and partners’ mRNA needs, from concept all the way to clinical trials.  As a startup, we are seeking adaptable, creative thinkers who can independently foresee gaps and opportunities and who take the initiative to solve problems with a sense of urgency.  We expect the work to be rewarding, fast-paced, and to offer ample opportunities to plan and create new solutions to help grow our business.  Vernal will pay a competitive salary with generous benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance.  Although hiring level will depend on experience, we expect to grow with our employees and are interested in a variety of backgrounds.

Vernal Biosciences is located in Colchester, Vermont, adjacent to Burlington which is home of the University of Vermont and the UVM Medical Center.  Check out for more information. The Burlington area, set on the shores of Lake Champlain, features the best of two worlds:

  1. Multicultural hub with great schools, restaurants, breweries, shopping, arts, and an affordable cost of living
  2. Gateway to the Green Mountains including world class hiking, camping, bicycling, and alpine and nordic skiing

Please contact [email protected] with CVs or for more information