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Senior Manager - Procurement

  • Logistics
  • Full-time
  • Hyderabad, IN

Posted on December 7, 2022

PopVax is an Indian biotechnology company based in Hyderabad, with a primarily remote US subsidiary nominally based in New York. We are funded via research agreements with the Gates Foundation and Vitalik Buterin’s biosecurity company Balvi. For the past year, we have been building a novel second-generation mRNA platform for low-cost broadly-protective vaccines via computationally-driven antigen design, starting with an open-source booster vaccine candidate that is intended to protect against the entire sarbecovirus species and, if things go well, the betacoronavirus genus, including current and future strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

We’re looking for an experienced procurement manager with at least 5 years of experience in procuring materials for pharmaceutical formulations, preferably vaccines.


  • Purchase of materials for R&D, including liaison with R&D personnel to understand the requirements, identify vendors, negotiate rates, place orders and monitor deliveries

  •  Customs clearance of imported materials including documentation and liaison with the CHA

  • Coordinate with vendors and PopVax QC team to resolve any quality issues with materials

  • Monitor and control materials costs as well as take independent steps to reduce costs

  • Coordinate with PopVax Operations department to source and purchase machinery and specialized equipment

  • Develop and maintain KPIs for supply chain


  • 5+ years of experience in sourcing a wide range of pharmaceutical materials, including biological materials like enzymes and other reagents, as well as instruments and specialized equipment (with a particular emphasis on GMP-grade materials)

  • Experience dealing with small and large local and multinational vendors with proven negotiation skills and commercial acumen

  • Well versed with customs clearance procedures for imports

  • Familiarity with  logistics of materials supply, especially international freight forwarding of temperature sensitive materials

  • Knowledge of ERP systems like SAP for purchase activities

  • Experience of vendor development including participation in vendor audits 

  • Background knowledge of relevant  national and international guidelines around vendor development, audits and documentation, as laid out by CDSCO/DCGI, WHO, and US FDA

  • Good oral and written communication skills with the ability to work with multifunctional teams

We offer very competitive compensation, comprehensive health insurance covering immediate family (including pre-existing conditions), and, most importantly, a collaborative work environment focused on solving the cutting-edge multidisciplinary challenges of our novel mRNA platform.