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This position is based in Northbrook, IL. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose & Scope of Position:

The Associate Manager, Clinical Supply Chain - Healthcare / Pharma is responsible for planning, coordinating and managing clinical trial material (CTM) activities for various clinical supply programs to support the drug development process. Will support multiple studies and oversee supplies and distribution for a global study footprint. Works collaboratively to identify and meet supply and distribution challenges. Monitors inventory and evaluates trends. Works closely with Management and interfacing departments and Clinical Pharmacy staff to identify needs and to develop and implement solutions to meet needs. Independently prepares good quality documentation for clinical trial materials and supports departmental initiatives. There is a potential for entry-level supervisory responsibilities.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Manages complex programs with a low level of oversight. Proactively keeps management informed of supply plans and timing. Escalates issues appropriately based on risk.

  • Produces detailed plans and contingencies and executes on compound/drug related supply chain activities.

  • Develops clinical supply forecasts, packaging and labeling plans, and Astellas system documentation with first-pass approval quality.

  • Interprets clinical plans and offers solutions to teams. Serves as a key resource for clinical supply knowledge and expertise. Networks with others to create better outcomes for projects.

  • Monitors packaging activities and provides input to management for continual improvement. Implements suggested improvements.

  • Establishes and monitors project budgetary spend and communicates variances to teams and management

  • Identifies issues and proposes recommended solutions to departmental challenges.

  • Supports other staff development through coaching with process and product development knowledge. Reviews staff documentation and provides instruction for improvement.

  • Represents function on special project teams/task forces with proactive collaboration.

  • Manages all business documents to high standards and maintains physical and electronic departmental project files.

  • Develops experience in staff management and leadership and supervises staff as assigned. Position may have 0-3 exempt direct reports.

Quantitative Dimensions

Responsible for proactively forecasting, planning and coordinating clinical trial materials for global studies. Collaborates closely with clinical, technical, and quality assurance colleagues on multiple projects to evaluate issues and to assure a smooth global supply chain. Proactively monitors inventory, identifies issues and trends, and recommends actions for supply and cost optimization.

Organizational Context

This position reports to a Manager or Director within the clinical supply team. This person uses planning and job experience to anticipate and manage all activities related to efficient clinical supply management including the forecasting, planning and control of packaging, labeling, storage, distribution, returned goods reconciliation and destruction. This person attends study and technical team meetings and represents the clinical supply area. This position oversees vendor work and sets plans for packaging, labeling, and distribution including detailed planning required to support import/export.



  • A./B.S with experience in related areas such as manufacturing, pharmaceutical supply operations, clinical operations, quality, or another area with technical focus.

  • Minimum of 7 years relevant experience or 5 years with an advanced degree.

  • Proven experience in planning and coordinating manufacturing/ packaging or other process related activities. Uses experience to reduce cycle time and improve efficiency.

  • Experience and interest in working with electronic systems and reviewing data for trends. Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving to job challenges.

  • Proficiency in MS Excel/PowerPoint/Word/MS Project

  • Excellent communication, organizational skills, and proven experience

  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently

  • Professional and leadership presence, team orientation, and ability to coach others in process-oriented activities.

  • Experience in the application of GMPs, GLPs, GCPs or related controls or procedures to job activities.


  • Pharmaceutical, scientific or product development experience with experience in application of project management and planning principles.

  • Experience in vendor management, IRT systems.

  • Staff management experience


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Clinical Supply Chain

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EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans