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Director, Procurement

Job Summary:

NanoString is seeking a professional Procurement Director to join our Operations team. This person will play a critical role in managing and developing a high-performance team responsible for supporting all supplier and procurement related aspects of both Life Science and in Vitro Diagnostics products.  This includes forecast development, production planning, strategic sourcing, procurement, supplier relationship management, supplier quality management, and supplier audit.  This is an opportunity for a highly motivated individual with a background in Life Sciences or in Vitro Diagnostic procurement and supplier management, capable of both hands-on individual contribution and strong leadership in a dynamic, fast paced environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Represent Procurement and Supplier Management in in the development of Life Science and Diagnostic products.
  • Maintain compliance with ISO-13485, FDA’s GMP requirements and other applicable international regulations.
  • Negotiate and establish effective supply agreements for critical materials, components and services.
  • Effectively manage and develop Procurement department staff.
  • Interface with key stakeholders in Marketing and other functional areas to develop a comprehensive forecast for key suppliers and ensure commercial requirements are met
  • Track supplier/material non-conformance and develop improvement plans, including Supplier Corrective Action Requests (SCAR), as required, to meet Quality requirements.
  • Apply strategic sourcing strategies to ensure best value is achieved on material and component purchases.
  • Identify cost savings opportunities and execute actions to achieve savings.
  • Interact closely with Finance on all inventory management and cost accounting.
  • Develop required metrics and reports and ensure timely updates.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific or business related major is preferred.
  • 7-10 years of experience in management and performance of planning and procurement operations in a regulated Life Sciences environment. 
  • Class III in vitro Medical Device (PMA) experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop staff in a rapidly growing organization.
  • Familiarity with ERP systems, preferably Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Excellent communication skills, negotiation skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment and adapt to change

***this position was formerly manager level - we have upgraded the role***



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