About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is an Astellas Center of Excellence developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for their newly-created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina. For more information, please visit our website: www.astellasgenetherapies.com

About Astellas

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are promoting the Focus Area Approach that is designed to identify opportunities for the continuous creation of new drugs to address diseases with high unmet medical needs by focusing on Biology and Modality. Furthermore, we are also looking beyond our foundational Rx focus to create Rx+® healthcare solutions that combine our expertise and knowledge with cutting-edge technology in different fields of external partners. Through these efforts, Astellas stands on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.astellas.com/en.

Our Values:

  • Be BOLD (Find a Way)

  • Care Deeply – for our patients, each other and our work

  • #GSD (Get Stuff Done)

What is the catalyst for you in your professional career? Are you ready to be a part of a bold, innovative company, to make a change and to make a difference? Listed below is a current opening for a smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice individual who wants to join us and be a part of our journey.

The Role

The Procurement Specialist will be a member of Lab Operations and Logistics team supporting the Gene Therapies Research and Pilot Plant facilities. This role will provide expert, consistent, and varied support to internal colleagues with a focus on sourcing and procurement.


  • Leads purchase request creation, including identifying purchasing requirements and demand, researching supplier sources, preparing bid packages, gathering and compare quotes thru bid tabulations, and placing and monitoring requisitions like blanket orders, standing orders, etc.

  • Submits requests to onboard new suppliers, and facilitates legal and risk reviews, as needed.

  • Participates or leads supply planning with key stakeholders.

  • Collaborates with Global Procurement, Legal/Contracting, and Finance to ensure compliance to policy/procedures and to troubleshoot issues.

  • Drives resolution of discrepancies with suppliers (back orders, invoice reconciliation, returns, etc.)

  • Works independently on assigned projects, attends team meetings, documents support needs, and works to resolve those needs in a timely and effective manner.

  • Effectively identifies and tracks metrics; identifies and effects continuous improvement opportunities.

  • Performs other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of arts or sciences with 6+ years of experience, or masters with 4+ years of experience

  • 6+ years' experience in Procurement, preferably within Biotech or Pharmaceutical operations environment

  • Strong technical skills with purchasing systems (SAP Ariba system preferred) and documents (purchase requisition, purchase order, quote, contract/work order, invoice, etc.)

  • Strong attention to detail supported by excellent time management and organizational skills and meticulous follow up

  • Proficiency with MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Project, and Visio)

  • Excellent communications skills (written/oral), ability to work independently with minimal direction.

  • Able to develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues across the organization.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in planning and organizing work efficiently, able to work under time constraints and be flexible to meet changing deadlines, using available resources.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with project management at a biopharmaceutical company

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

Salary: $86,300-$115,000 (NOTE: Final salary could be more or less, based on 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 Gene Therapy Research & Technical Operations

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans