Rocket Pharmaceuticals

Manager, Procurement and Business Operations

Location US-NJ-Cranbury
ID 2023-1132
Business Operations & Development
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Work at ROCKET PHARMA and help cure rare diseases!


Rocket Pharma is a fully integrated, clinical-stage company advancing gene therapies with curative potential for multiple rare childhood diseases. Rocket places enormous value on people and considers team member progress and well-being to be as important as the progress of its pipeline. We are looking for hands-on team players who enjoy collaborating with colleagues. We share a passion for seeking gene therapy cures for devastating diseases and making a difference for patients. This is an opportunity to become an integral part of a small, highly productive team and to help grow an entrepreneurial, scientifically driven organization that is increasingly recognized as a leading biotechnology innovator. In addition to a competitive compensation package featuring a generous 401K match and stock options, the position includes excellent health benefits.

Position Summary

The Manager, Procurement and Business Operations will provide support in the oversight and alliance management of clinical, commercial & G&A partners. The role will support outsourcing strategies, vendor evaluation, contract negotiation, cost management, analytics, and reporting ensuring effective planning and contracting of external resources for Rocket.


  • Support oversight activities with external partners including but not limited to clinical, commercial and G&A back-office support.  

  • Assist in the preparation and evaluation of Request for Proposal (RFPs) in collaboration with internal stakeholders. 

  • Build cross-functional partnerships with Clinical, Commercial, Legal, Finance, Quality Assurance, and other departments as appropriate to ensure that outsourcing and contracting needs are met and managed proactively. 

  • Assist in role of Alliance Manager for vendor governance activities such as tracking and reporting of KPIs, budget, spending trends, and quality measures for assigned vendors. 

  • Support project teams in the resolution of vendor performance issues.  

  • Provide analytical support as spend analysis and budget forecasts to ensure accurate budgets are developed consistently across the R&D programs. 

  • Assist in the development of fiscal year dept. budgets.  

  • Support the preparation of business cases for strategic management decision-making.  

  • Build strong relationships with internal customers/business users to understand their contracting and procurement needs and streamline the procure-to-pay process.  

  • Support in the negotiations of contracts, MSAs including vendor and site CDAs, MSAs, clinical site agreements, work orders for external clinical service providers, consulting agreements and specialty vendor contracts. 

  • Other tasks and duties as needed.  


  • B.S. degree in Business, Finance, or Life Sciences. M.S. preferred. 
  • 8 years of experience vendor management, finance, procurement, and/or Life Sciences.  
  • Experience in CRO/Biotech/Pharma and/or related field is required. Experience in the Cell & Gene therapy industry is a plus. 
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of an organization and manage multiple operational issues.  
  • Demonstrated customer-centric mindset. 
  • Strong analytical skills with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 

EEO Statement

A diverse workforce fosters innovation and strengthens Rocket’s business. We ensure equal opportunity without discrimination or harassment in the workplace on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, citizenship, status as a protected veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, and federal laws.


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