Procurement Manager

Location: Emeryville, CA
Department: Manufacturing Operations


Quality is our primary guiding principle in all activities. It is the foundation on which all pillars of Zogenix functions and activities are constructed. Excellence in the management of Quality is fundamental and the foremost aspect upon which the Pharmaceutical Operations team are judged by our patients, caregivers, partners, colleagues, and regulatory bodies. Our commitment is to go beyond compliance and operate effective technology, operations and supply systems that result in excellent products, processes, innovations, and documentation to ensure satisfaction from all stakeholders. Zogenix is committed to producing and delivering. products to partners and customers with the highest level of quality, on time, and at or below agreed costs.

The Procurement Manager is responsible for facilitating and driving the strategic procurement initiatives within Zogenix.  This role interacts with all levels of employees including senior management, legal counsel, finance team, project owners, administrative staff and external suppliers. Attention to detail, prompt service and exemplary communication skills are critical attributes to successful execution of duties. This hands-on, customer-focused role requires an understanding of the Company’s goals and objectives, to prioritize deliverables and effectively manage workload. Data reporting, user training, and insightful vendor gap analysis are also key responsibilities required for the role. As a key team member, the ability to understand Procurement industry best practices and help Zogenix develop a world class P2P process is a priority. Understanding Procurement processes end to end and strong experience in developing and managing policies, procedures, and technologies will be crucial.


  • Collaborate with global organization to drive measurable improvements in P2P process
  • Conduct key competitive RFPs for Indirect goods and services using Zogenix eSourcing platform
  • Reviews requisitions and attachments for quality, accuracy, pricing effectiveness, and contractual obligations.
  • Manage key categories over time to ensure vendor performance and cost savings
  • Train end users on Procurement Policy, Contract procedure, and P2P technology
  • Perform ongoing Coupa and BI data/spend analysis to build preferred supplier base
  • Execute Contracts for Consulting, Clinical, and Outsourced Manufacturing Services
  • Reviews key Legal Contracts, SOWs, quotes, proposals, and other purchasing documents to ensure cost, quality, delivery outcomes are favorable.
  • Leads the development and implementation of end user Procurement training
  • Build and continuously update/maintain local market strategies
  • Be a driving force in managing vendor strategies based on data analytics and spend analysis
  • Negotiate/re-negotiate national and local Contracts for complex goods and services
  • Partner with Legal team to review Legal and Commercial terms contract management strategies
  • Identify and qualify preferred goods and services suppliers for key categories
  • Conduct ongoing Procurement training for stakeholders, management and vendors
  • Drive measurable cost savings metrics and deliver to Finance on a regular basis
  • Works with Finance, AP, Legal, and Compliance departments to streamline Procurement processes.
  • Manage supplier performance risks on a timely basis to stakeholder satisfaction
  • Review Finance budgets and partner with stakeholders to ensure compliance
  • Provide stakeholder support on Coupa, R2P, RFP, RFI, and vendor recommendations
  • Review new vendor requests from a strategic category perspective
  • Analyze PO spend relating to key vendors to build preferred Master Agreements
  • Solid familiarity with ERP systems such as Coupa, SAP, Oracle, Ariba, etc.
  • Drives process and technical improvements of procurement process overall
  • Supports various procurement and ad hoc projects and analysis
  • Provides superior levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity

Core Competencies, Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Respond effectively to business partner needs and requests in timely manner
  • Management and mentorship of direct reports or junior members of the team
  • Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently and to organize and prioritize requests
  • Excellent negotiation, customer service and consulting skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently under pressure and react quickly to changing priorities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of procurement function and best practices in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Demonstrated success in conceptual and problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to identify organizational opportunities and recommend improvements
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Strong capability to run reporting and analytics from various ERP type systems

Communication & Interpersonal Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Pro Active mentality
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a dynamic environment



  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience


  • Familiar with P2P systems (Ariba, SAP, Coupa, Oracle, etc.)
  • 5-6+ years of experience in a procurement function that in a cGMP compliant environment
  • 2 years’ Procurement experience required within R&D, Pharma, Clinical, Lab.
  • Prior management experience preferred
  • Experience with outsourced manufacturing/distributed third-party operations environment
  • General understanding of general ledger and month-end/year-end close process
  • Experience with supporting audit inquiries
  • General understanding of cGMPs


  • Regularly required to operate standard office equipment (personal computer, photocopy machine)
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time
  • Regularly required to sit for long periods of time, and occasionally stand and walk
  • Regularly required to use hands to operate computer and other office equipment
  • Close vision required for computer usage
  • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, climb and lift up to 20 pounds