May 28th, 2024 Finance

Associate Director Sourcing and Procurement

San Diego, California, United States

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Please note that this position is based in San Diego, CA. Acadia's hybrid model requires this role to work in our office three days per week on average.

This position will be a key member of the Acadia Sourcing & Procurement team, leading the development of sourcing strategies for all manufacturing and raw materials. Responsibilities include ensuring the right capabilities, guidance, resources, and accountabilities are in place and development and implementation of category management plans. This position leads the identification, assessment, selection, negotiation, execution of contracts and relationship with key vendors, and will contribute to the corporate sourcing & procurement processes, compliance reporting and financial tracking. It will also be responsible for vendor benchmarking and building vendor partnership.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop both immediate and long-term global sourcing strategies/plans for cGMP, non-cGMP material/equipment, 3PLs and chemical development teams
  • Monitor and improve vendor performance including implementing supplier KPIs
  • Proactively work with business stakeholders to identify sourcing needs and negotiation all key vendor contracts
  • Assess and benchmark existing industry vendors
  • Identify, monitor, and mitigate supply chain risks
  • Work closely with Sourcing team to align and improve current sourcing process
  • Collaborate with finance team on vendor cost budgeting, forecasting, and saving validation


  • 8+ years sourcing experience and category knowledge of commercial manufacturing/APIs & excipients/packing materials in a pharma/biotech firm to support the TD&O or R&D function. Specific vendor or industry experience will vary based on function supporting.
  • Experience working with international vendors
  • Deep understandings of pharma/biotech supply chain, quality, and regulatory requirements
  • Strong vendor spend data analysis skill and financial reporting capabilities
  • Proficient system knowledge of S2P (Coupa), and ERP (NetSuite)
  • Familiarity with sourcing saving report methodology and associated tools such as Smartsheet
  • BS/BA or equivalent combination of relevant education

Key candidate qualities:

  • Ability to take initiative, be flexible, exercise good judgment, interface with all levels of management
  • Attention to detail
  • Willing to go beyond and look for new innovative ways to bring in tangible results/savings
  • Strong negotiation, influencing, and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to interpret and comprehend contracts
  • Available for up to 10% domestic or international travel as needed

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.



In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is also eligible for discretionary bonus and equity awards based on factors such as individual and organizational performance. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance, and location. 

Salary Range
$140,000$175,400 USD


What we offer you (US-Based Employees):

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement (US-Based Employees): Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

It is the policy of Acadia to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to considerations of race, including related to hairstyle, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender transition, country of origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, legally-protected medical condition or information, marital status, domestic partner status, family care status, military caregiver status, veteran or military status (including reserve status, National Guard status, and military service or obligation), status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, or any basis protected under federal, state or local law.

As an equal opportunity employer, Acadia is committed to a diverse workforce. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation. Furthermore, you may request additional support if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access Acadia’s career website due to your disability, along with any accommodations throughout the interview process. To request or inquire about your reasonable accommodation, please complete our Reasonable Accommodation Request Form or contact us at or 858-261-2923.

Please note that reasonable accommodations granted throughout the recruiting process are not guaranteed to be the same accommodation given if hired. A new request will need to be submitted for any ADA accommodations after starting employment.

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