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Materials Management Lead

Date: Apr 18, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.



The Materials Management Lead will be a member of the Manufacturing leadership team and have overall responsibility for building a raw material and drug substance supply planning, materials and inventory management function for Spark’s facility at 3737 Market St and off-site Raw Materials Warehouse.  This will include building and leading a team to deliver efficient systems and processes.  This individual will work closely with Manufacturing Operations, Finance/Procurement, Quality Assurance, Project Management, Operations (clinical and commercial) to ensure timely and efficient material control and management to meet the demands of Spark’s product pipeline.




25%       Establish and maintain inventory control management for cGMP raw materials and associated components in accordance with agreed upon production plans to ensure their receipt (and release) in accordance with the manufacturing schedule.  Interface with QC raw materials testing team to ensure on time release of raw materials for manufacturing. 


20%       Lead the development of a materials supply plan corresponding to the drug substance manufacturing plan.  


20%       Develop and implement or review and revise (as needed) processes and procedures within areas of responsibility, such as controlled-temperature shipping (raw materials), receipt and inventory management, etc.


15%       Manage/supervise daily logistics activities including shipping and receiving, general warehouse and materials movement within and external to Spark.


10%       Identify and regularly report key performance indicators (such as productivity, adherence to schedule and cost controls) associated with materials management and the supply chain.


10%       Responsible at all times for promoting a safety culture and awareness within areas of responsibility.  Support and enforce the Spark EH&S policy and associated procedures.

Manage Materials Management team to achieve business goals and objectives.

Manage performance.   Ensure every team member knows what is expected of them, what it takes to be successful, and how they are progressing.  Provide team members with continuous and on-going performance feedback.  Hold everyone accountable to achieve results while demonstrating the Spark Values. Help team members understand how their work contributes to the overall success of Spark by periodically reviewing individual objectives to ensure alignment to corporate and functional objectives, making adjustments if priorities have shifted.

Develop team members.   Help employees effectively assimilate to Spark and continually grow through challenging experiences so they can realize their full potential.  Understand your employee’s goals, strengths and motivators.  Partner with your employees to identify areas for development, conduct coaching conversations regularly and provide guidance on ways to develop through on the job experiential learning, social networks and development opportunities.

Foster Spark’s Culture, Mission, Vision, and Values:  Lead by example.  Create an environment where team members thrive in our Culture by living our truths, always in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Emphasize to employees that “how” they achieve performance objectives is just as important as “what” they accomplish.




  • BS degree in a life-sciences or related field is required.  An advanced degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience within the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years supply chain, logistics and/or operations knowledge.
  • Experience in shipping / warehouse operations including various DOT, IATA/ICAO and Dry Ice in Transit regulations.
  • Experience with enterprise resource planning (ERP) modules.
  • Demonstrated experience with temperature-controlled solutions, such as shipping for controlled ambient, 2-8°C, and -80°C.
  • Direct experience with Regulatory Inspections is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of GXP compliance as well as USP, EP, ICH and FDA guidelines.




• Experience working in a GMP environment is required

• Possess the ability to multitask and work independently or in a team environment with moderate supervision

• Possess good interpersonal and strong written/verbal communication skills

• Well developed skills in prioritizing, organization and time management

• Highly motivated and detail oriented with good organizational skills


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia