Global Director – Supply Chain

ABEC, Inc.

Bethlehem, PA


Company Background: ABEC is a leading supplier to the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry. ABEC's unique value is based on combining long experience with the ability to engineer, design, manufacture, commission, qualify, and service the entire bioprocess to reduce overall cost, shorten time to market, and maximize productivity. ABEC's products include process and equipment engineering/consulting services, comprehensive site services, bioreactors and fermenters, filtration and chromatography systems, prep and hold systems, and cleaning/sterilization systems.


Benefits include:

  • Paid holidays and vacation time 
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance (benefits start day 1)
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Generous 401K plan (40% match)
  • College tuition benefit program
  • Employee Referral Program 

Position Summary: The scope of responsibility for this position is to support all functional activities related to the procurement of materials and services utilized in the production of ABEC’s biopharmaceutical manufacturing systems and related equipment. This includes global sourcing, purchasing, and inbound logistics, as well as negotiation of all commercial Terms & Conditions related to the respective procurement transactions. The Director Supply Chain coordinates with the Product Management, Project Management and Customer Service functions to support other essential activities such as providing material cost quotations for sales/service proposals and developing project-specific purchasing strategies to meet required budgets and delivery schedules. The Director Supply Chain is also responsible for supporting the company’s Service Business Unit for customer service activities that include supply of spare parts and related supplies/equipment required to support field service operations on a global basis. 
This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer, and is a full time, onsite, direct hire position in Bethlehem, PA.


-- Plan, coordinate and manage all resources of the Procurement Department as necessary to provide the materials and services required by the Manufacturing and Service functions in support of new projects and field service operations.

-- Develop and maintain a global supplier network necessary to secure required materials at the optimum combination of cost, lead time and quality while ensuring compliance with all related engineering specifications, quality control documentation requirements, budgeted costs, and committed delivery schedule of each respective project.

-- Support Product Management and Project Management functions by providing requested cost and lead time quotations required for preparation of project proposals and, when needed, provide input to customers regarding project-specific procurement strategies that meet operational and/or contractual requirements.

-- Be the primary driver of process improvement efforts in all procurement areas, focused on integration of Best Practices all related activities in order to produce measurable improvements in costs, lead times and overall product quality. This includes development of short and long-term strategies, as well as detailed operational plans for implementation and quantifying/reporting of results.

-- Develop a high level of functional leadership throughout the Procurement Department such that employees can work with less supervision and more autonomy in both day-to-day and strategic-oriented activities. This includes ongoing employee training and development necessary to create a highly capable and flexible workforce whose resources can be adapted to meet the spontaneous needs of the company and global marketplace.

-- Ensure adherence to and enforcement of all company policies (Safety, Human Resources, IT, or other). Conduct employee training as needed to support communication and understanding of new policies or policy changes.

-- Participation in various internal committees, review teams, or similar work groups engaged in either operational or administrative process creation, review or improvement efforts. This includes areas such as Plant Safety, Syteline (ERP System), Process Review Board, Strategic Initiatives Program, and others.

-- Conduct formal annual employee reviews to assess achievement of established goals, provide feedback on overall job performance and identify areas for improvement or additional development/training. More frequent periodic reviews may be needed for new or developing employees.

-- Execute other tasks as assigned.

-- Ability to travel when required.


-- Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline (preferably Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or Manufacturing Engineering), with an advanced degree (Business, Management or related technical discipline) preferred.

-- Consideration will be given to individuals who may not have the specified depth of educational background, but have extensive operational experience deemed to satisfy the overall requirements of the position.

-- Minimum of (10) years prior experience in a global procurement-related position with at least (5) years in a management role, preferably involving highly engineered technical products. 

-- Ideal candidate would have a background in biotech or chemical industry, or experience with custom-designed process equipment of a similar scale and complexity.

-- Certification in Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma is highly desirable.