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Manager, Global Logistics


Position Summary:

The Manager, Global Logistics, interfaces with a diverse team across Supply Chain, Finance, Manufacturing, Quality, Research & Development, Clinical Development, Clinical Operations, and external partners to support key logistics tasks related to the planning & execution of shipping, labeling, packaging, and distribution activities.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Manages end-to-end supply chain and logistics activities for global movements of Drug Substance, Drug Product, Clinical Trial products, Commercial Finished Goods, Medical Devices, and Research & Development samples between Apellis’ Contract Service Providers.
  • Acts as a first line resource to manage the interface between functions pertaining to supply, transportation, logistics, and traceability issues.
  • Prepares, reviews, and approves shipping documentation including, but not limited to: End Use Letters, Proformas, Country of Origin (legalized), Commercial Invoices, Prototype Exemptions, USDA Statements, TCSA Statements, and Import Licenses; etc., to comply with local Customs and Global Trade regulations.
  • Ensures proper tariff codes and valuation is identified with customs partners and declared.
  • Liases with Apellis’ Finance for Duty and VAT payments, assists with VAT reclamation, and Intrastat reporting when required.
  • Plans, executes, and tracks domestic and international shipments by maintaining close partnerships with Distribution and Carrier Contract Service Providers.
  • Coordinates and resolves transport deviations and issues (e.g. temperature excursions) with internal and external stakeholders
  • Assists in the management of global carriers, Customs Agents, and third-party logistics Contract Service Provider’s day-to-day performance and activities.
  • Consistently perform duties within policies and procedures required to maintain good manufacturing practices (GMP) and good distribution practices (GDP) compliance in the storage, distribution, and returns.
  • Maintains metric scorecards, relevant reports and KPI's for supply chain logistics and distribution activities which highlight achievements, performance gaps and improvement opportunities.
  • Provides support to stakeholders as required.
  • Supports the selection of new suppliers and actively participates in Supplier Relationship Management meetings and QBRs; actively participates in RFPs and has knowledge of total landed cost calculations/budget impact.
  • Perform Inventory movement transactions within SAP.

Education, Registration & Certification:

  • B.S in Science, Business or Supply Chain, or related experience


  • Minimum of 5 years of logistics experience in the pharmaceutical industry moving high value drugs and/or medical devices, within a cGMP supply chain environment or with GXP regulations.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Experience within an international and regulated environment is required.
  • Experience in managing Carriers and Customs Agents in Europe, as well as knowledge of European regulations in regard to import and export of Pharmaceutical goods
  • Working knowledge of inventory management and distribution, including cold chain, and reverse logistics.
  • Proficient Excel and computer skills; experience with SAP ideal.
  • Ability to work independently and with internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Highly organized, results driven, problem solver.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with different levels of management.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to be flexible in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to effectively juggle multiple ongoing projects to meet deadlines.
  • Successful candidate must be eligible to work in the EEA.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets. This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Travel Requirements:

  • Ability to travel (up to 10%)

Benefits and Perks:

Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: health insurance with full premium coverage , 401K with company match, paid time off (PTO), long- term disability insurance, life insurance and more!  Visit http://apellis.com/careerbenefits.html to learn more.

Company Background:

We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade. We believe that this approach can result in broad inhibition of the principal pathways of the complement system and has the potential to effectively control a broad array of complement-dependent autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

Visit http://apellis.com/about.html to learn more.

EEO Statement:

Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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