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Procurement and Inventory Manager

Culture Biosciences

Culture Biosciences

San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2023

About Us:

Culture’s mission is to simplify bioprocess development and make it as fast and easy to scale bioprocesses, as it is to scale software. With this mission, Culture’s first offering enables biopharma, biotechnology, and synthetic biology companies to execute their bioprocessing R&D in the cloud. Our clients design, manage, and analyze bioprocess experiments in Culture’s Console web application. Culture’s offering enables customers to focus on designing and improving their processes versus spending time and effort building out their own high-throughput process development laboratories. Customers remotely observe their processes and analyze data while their experiments are executed in Culture’s cloud bioreactor facility in South San Francisco. The facility is enabled by Culture’s proprietary 250mL and 5L single-use bioreactor technology and software systems.

At Culture, we combine our passions for biomanufacturing, engineering, and operations to build new solutions that make bioprocess development faster. We value curiosity, communication, collaboration, a customer focused mindset and a drive for results.

The role:

  • You will work with a variety of internal departments to develop material forecasts and models to support our supply chain goals but mainly with the bio department.
  • Facilitate and participate in supplier audits and quarterly review meetings.
  • Create, process, and track purchase orders for raw materials, such as chemicals and lab supplies
  • Interface and communicate with suppliers to ensure performance are aligned with quality, service, and delivery targets, to ensure continuous improvement and optimal business relationships
  • Establish and maintain a good purchasing and supply reporting system to monitor critical information including purchased quantities, lead times and pricing trends.
  • Collaborate with various team to maintain appropriate and accurate levels of inventory, both in physical and ERP inventory I.e., Kanban, raw components, finished good
  • Evaluate and optimize inventory management procedures and work instructions
  • Organize and maintain inventory storage space in the company warehouses.
  • Optimize new warehouse & existing space usage.
  • Release materials to the manufacturing.

About you:

  • You have 5+ years working in Supply Chain with:
    • Experience with purchasing and procurement consumables from life sciences distributors, such as VWR, Fisher Scientific, Qosina, Quartzy, Cole-Palmer, U-line, McMaster-Carr and DigiKey, etc.
    • Experience with Inventory Management practices
    • Familiarity with MRP systems (Oracle NetSuite / SAP S4 HANA)
    • A passion for teamwork and problem solving and strong collaboration skills
    • Ability to work in a fast paced, deadline driven environment, ability to work independently
  • Bachelor's degree or above in business/economics/supply chain related major with 5+ years contract/procurement experience. Equivalent experience may be considered in lieu of a formal degree.
  • You enjoy scaling up complex product lines and developing systems to improve accuracy/efficiency.
  • You’re excited to work in a small, cross-functional team in a fast-paced environment.
  • You’re excited to roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • You consider your ability to organize and plan as one of your greatest strengths.
  • You are empathetic, curious, and reflective; you’re able to use these skills effectively to deliver the best environment for our team to operate safely and productively.

Location & Schedule:

  • This role will be a full-time position based at our South San Francisco location, with flexibility for some remote work days with manager approval.

Base Salary Range:

  • Culture Biosciences's compensation package includes market competitive salary, equity for all full time roles, and great benefits. If you are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, our expected cash compensation for this role is $115,000 - $132,000. We are hiring for multiple levels and backgrounds so final offers may vary within the range provided based on experience, expertise, and other factors


  • Competitive salary and equity compensation
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care FSA (prorated based on start-date)
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • 3 weeks of accrued paid time off, 11 paid company holidays and a week-long winter break
  • 12 weeks of parental leave at full salary
  • Annual L&D stipend for conferences, continuing education, etc.
  • WFH stipend of $500 for home office improvements
    • For onsite employees:
      • Commuter benefits
      • Access to on-site child care facility, subject to availability
      • Free onsite breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee, and gym (varies based on COVID-19 restrictions)

Culture Biosciences provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. We seek to build a company that promotes inclusion and expands the diversity of our industry as a whole. We encourage people with identities underrepresented in biotech and technology to apply.