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Senior Director, Planning

Supply Chain Management | South San Francisco, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Allogene Therapeutics, with headquarters in South San Francisco, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T cell (AlloCAR T™) therapies for cancer. Led by a management team with significant experience in cell therapy, Allogene is developing a pipeline of “off-the-shelf” CAR T cell therapy candidates with the goal of delivering readily available cell therapy on-demand, more reliably, and at greater scale to more patients. For more information, please visit, and follow @AllogeneTx on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Allogene’s Supply Chain organization is building a world class team that is focused on delivering potentially lifesaving therapies to patients. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as Senior Director, Planning. This role will be a hands-on role reporting to the VP of Supply Chain and External Manufacturing. The main mission of the position will be to define and shape Allogene’s program and planning functions and key internal and external stakeholders to deliver impact through superior strategic planning and business analysis expertise. The Senior Director, Planning is responsible for ensuring uninterrupted supply of all products. This person will be responsible not only for building the corporate planning functions, but also to develop processes and procedures for site planning and scheduling.  This role will need to help establish a planning cycle that supports not only production planning, but business planning as well and ensures that all deliverables are achieved through excellent organization, communications, analytical and leadership skills.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage Sales and Operations Planning process to ensure alignment of current clinical demand and CMO combined manufacturing capacity as well as alignment of future commercial demand and future manufacturing capacity
  • Create a global supply chain planning strategy for clinical and commercial needs
  • Translate technical requirements from product teams into manufacturing implementation plans, in collaboration with Operations Teams, Supply Chain and manufacturing sites
  • Support Capacity Planning, Workforce planning, Capital/Financial planning in collaboration with Sites, Finance and Supply Chain
  • Support development of consolidated business cases for significant investments at manufacturing sites, network optimization
  • Ensure uninterrupted product supply 
  • Continually define and review planning and inventory strategy to support the sites.
  • Develop and execute third party logistics warehousing plan and effective inventory management controls to ensure adequate storage of key raw materials
  • Coordinate with CMO’s to ensure proper supply of make-to-order raw materials
  • Proactively identify and mitigate any potential supply interruptions
  • Establish and manage vendor managed inventory as appropriate
  • Interface with all levels of organization, including senior management
  • Coordinate with various functional groups, including Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory, Clinical Operations, Commercial, Product Development, Finance and others.
  • Drive CAPAs, change controls, SCARs as needed
  • Own and update BOMs and item master
  • Potential to build and manage team as needed to accommodate company growth
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, MBA preferred with 10+ years of experience in an operations role in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, 5+ years management experience building and leading effective teams
  • Strategic planning and global project management experience preferred
  • Proven analytical and project management skills required, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret business needs and translate them into application, operational requirements and ultimately actionable data
  • Ability to adapt quickly to the demands of cell therapy manufacturing
  • Be proactive, resourceful, and detail-oriented to successfully contribute to the Company’s rapidly growing, changing, and complex environment
  • Demonstrated success in a cross-functional environment; effective interactions with diverse audiences of executives, mid-management, and subject matter experts and to inspire understanding and agreement
  • Strong presentation and communication skills; highly developed organizational and leadership skills
  • Knowledge of aseptic manufacturing processes, experience with cell culture or viral manufacturing strongly preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to prioritize effectively to deliver results within reasonably established timelines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication are essential in this collaborative work environment.
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.


As an equal opportunity employer, Allogene Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact the careers email at for assistance.