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eTheRNA immunotherapies NV

Purchase and Inventory Manager

eTheRNA immunotherapies NV | Niel | Permanent, Full-time

Published on 24 days ago

eTheRNA immunotherapies, in Niel, is a clinical-stage company delivering innovative cancer immunotherapies from its proprietary mRNA-based TriMix platform. eTheRNA’s goal is to commercialise these immunotherapies to deliver long lasting clinical remission to cancer patients.
eTheRNA was established in January 2013 as a spin-off from the VUB university in Belgium and is backed by international life sciences investors.

Purchase and Inventory Manager

Job description

The Purchasing and inventory Manager is responsible for sourcing equipment, goods and services and managing vendors, mainly related to the manufacturing and R&D activities.  The Purchasing and inventory Manager will perform strategic and other procurement activities across multiple categories of spend, search for better deals and find more profitable suppliers, and secure an optimal inventory level from cost and availability perspective.

The Purchasing and inventory Manager will work in close collaboration with the Manufacturing and Preclinical teams and will also provide purchasing support to other teams in the Company.  Where necessary from budget perspective, the Purchasing and inventory Manager will work closely with the Finance and Legal experts of the Company.

The Purchasing and inventory Manager’s duties shall include, but not be limited to:
  • forecast levels of demand for services and products
  • secure an optimal inventory level from cost and availability perspective
  • develop and/or implement systems for optimal stock level securement
  • determine quantity and timing of deliveries
  • conduct research to ascertain the best products and suppliers in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality
  • keep a constant check on stock levels in close collaboration with the Lab Maintenance & Stock Assistant
  • liaise between suppliers, manufacturers, relevant internal departments and customers
  • build and maintain good relationships with new and existing suppliers
  • negotiate and agree contracts, monitoring the quality of service provided
  • work with the quality assurance department to set up quality improvement programs with suppliers
  • work with the quality department to set up sampling programs
  • keep contract files and use them as reference for the future
  • develop strategies to make sure that cost savings and supplier performance targets are met - or exceeded
  • undertake value for money reviews of existing contracts and arrangements
  • forecast price trends and their impact on future activities
  • develop a purchasing strategy
  • partner with internal stakeholders to ensure clear requirements documentation
  • monitor and forecast upcoming levels of demand
  • produce reports and statistics on spending and saving
  • evaluate bids and make recommendations, based on commercial and technical factors
  • ensure suppliers are aware of business objectives
  • assess, manage and mitigate risks
  • attend meetings and trade conferences
  • train and supervise the work of other members of staff



  • Bachelor/master in supply chain management, logistics, finance, business administration or equivalent
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the procurement of materials/equipment/supplies and the development and review of contracts
  • Proven working experience as purchasing manager
  • Familiarity with sourcing and vendor management
  • Certification in procurement and/or contract administration is a plus
  • Good knowledge in speaking and writing of Dutch and English
  • Quality minded, rigorous, autonomous and customer oriented
  • Ability to foster teamwork and a collaborative atmosphere
  • Solid judgement and sound decision making skills
  • Skilled at negotiation and networking
  • Good communication skills
  • Well organized, well-structured, hands-on, result focused
  • Able to work under stringent time lines
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and able to multitask
  • Ability to set priorities and take initiative
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook


Do you have the right qualification, collaborative spirit, innovative vision and are you interested in joining our ambitious team? Apply today!


Dirk Van Broekhoven
Antwerp & Port of Antwerp

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