ProQR Therapeutics is a biotechnology company listed on NASDAQ with offices in Leiden, the Netherlands, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. ProQR is focused on the development of life-changing RNA therapies to meet the unmet need of individuals and families with common and rare diseases. A team of 120 enthusiastic ProQRians from all walks of life and more than 30 different nationalities is up to this challenge. We have the passion and commitment to make a difference in the lives of the communities we serve. Our proprietary Axiomer® RNA editing technology platform enables the editing of specific single nucleotides in RNA using the cell’s own editing machinery. Axiomer® RNA editing technology harnesses ADAR (Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA), which is machinery present in all human cells to repair G-to-A mutations, modulate protein, and enable protective mutation functions. Axiomer® could potentially yield a new class of innovative medicines and treat currently untreatable diseases.

Our Finance department is currently looking for a Procurement Manager (Full-time) to join our team, located in Leiden (NL).

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement and manage a procurement strategy and procurement process (source to contract) within ProQR, including vendor selection and vendor acceptance. Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures
  • Manage strategic, tactical & ad hoc procurement activities within ProQR
  • Liaise with ProQR Management Team and ProQR Business Teams on supplier selection and supplier acceptance, defining contract requirements, contract discussion and negotiations for existing and new contracts (within decision making authority)
  • Deliver required outcome by managing day-to-day relationships with contract service providers. Act as an escalation point internally towards suppliers (and vice versa). Resolve vendor or contractor issues and claims (stakeholder management)
  • Direct and coordinate activities of ProQR staff engaged in buying materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies (RFI / RFP)
  • Identify and achieve saving opportunities. Maintain cost reduction, cost avoidance, cost containment program and report this to internal key stakeholders. Drive continuous improvement in procurement and sourcing process. Perform supplier market analysis and organize market intelligence for suppliers in scope and benchmark ProQR costs with competition and ensure we are cost competitive
  • Collect and analyze key cost drivers, market dynamics and issues, areas of innovation and alternative suppliers in consultation with relevant stakeholders to provide solid information for decision making. Undertake research and forecasting to inform future organizational buying requirements.
  • Respond to personal objectives and use performance management systems to improve personal performance

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level
  • 7+ years of relevant experience in procurement / sourcing area
  • Relevant experience as procurement manager, preferably in biotech/pharma company. Strong project management skills, strong financial & analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Experience in implementing new innovative solutions to improve process and identify drivers for savings and efficiencies
  • Applies knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the goals of ProQR
  • Proved ability to manage multiple projects/tasks effectively
  • Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to negotiate independently while providing guidance and training to others on how to help the organization by obtaining consensus between two or more internal or external parties who may have different interests
  • Applies comprehensive knowledge to independently supervise the construction of assigned contracts, while providing guidance and training to others
  • Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to act independently while guiding and training others on managing vendors so that they deliver the best possible results given available resources
  • Results oriented personality, ability to collaborate with different individuals; getting things done and overcome obstacles. Hands on mentality.

ProQR as an employer

As an employer, we are a true believer in the value of a workforce in which people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to develop themselves, personally and professionally. We believe that happy and energized people, working well together in an environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal and awesome things.

We are committed to ensuring that no employee, candidate, or job applicant receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of race, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marriage, or civil partnership status. At ProQR we want to create an inclusive culture where everyone can be valued for who they are and in which individual differences and contributions in all forms are recognized and valued.

We offer an exciting and innovative working environment in a very committed organization, with the following benefits:

  • 8% holiday allowance
  • 30 vacation days
  • An annual performance bonus
  • Stock options
  • A premium-free pension plan
  • A commuting allowance
  • A subsidized staff restaurant
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Unlimited (un)healthy snacks and drinks
  • Employee events (boot camp, Hipster Café, and other social events)

Do you think you can contribute to achieving our mission? If so, we’re looking forward to receiving your application by completing our application form.

You can contact Silvia Catellani via recruitment@proqr.com if you have any questions.

Please note that a screening is part of our selection procedure.

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