GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured.

Procurement Manager at GRAIL (Remote)

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GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

GRAIL has an exciting opportunity for a Direct Procurement Manager. This position will report directly to our Associate Director, Direct Purchasing and will lead med/high complexity sourcing strategies and negotiation, as well as embed with key Direct stakeholders. Depending on the applicant pool, the scope of the position might be tweaked to account for candidate’s prior experience or interests. In this role you will work closely with internal end-users early in the process to influence purchases to maximize value to GRAIL, process purchase requisitions/purchase orders (with the support of Buyers/Sr. Buyers) and create strategies for high-visibility and high-impact categories of spend ($5-50M+ spend /year estimate). 

You will:

  • Run RFx’s (RFI, RFP, RFQ). Facilitate the use of project management tools to achieve a balanced, data driven and risk-based decision making process. You will also help assess new vendors to include in a RFx.
  • Lead strategic category management (e.g., Short-term and long-term vision around management of a category or categories of spend + implementation of vision).
  • Negotiate with vendors to obtain the best value for GRAIL
  • Have oversight for a specific list of strategic vendors
  • Lead or champion key departmental projects by developing and utilizing in-depth knowledge of business processes and systems.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with vital departments: Lab Operations, Assay and R&D, Regulatory, Legal, Quality, and Finance to ensure fiduciary responsibility and to provide additional support to the researcher community with emphasis on streamlining processes and projects
  • Collaborate with Quality to perform external audits
  • Align your activities, goals and objectives with the strategic goals and key priorities identified by the Procurement Department
  • Help the team develop Key Performance Indicators (e.g., cost savings, supplier diversity, customer service, risk mitigation, productivity improvements, inventory reductions, etc.)
  • Assist in the development of Procurement departmental SOPs and Policies that involve and impact key internal and external partners.
  • Work cross functionally across different business owner/stakeholder teams, as well as different geographic sites (RTP, Menlo Park, UK primarily).
  • Provide support to short term interests that may arise from time to time due to unexpected circumstances (e.g. problem with a supplier, logistical issue, or other system or process failure
  • Execute as a significant individual contributor in the team (there is a potential to build management experience if it aligns with the development plan of the candidate).

  • The ideal candidate will:
  • Thrive in a dynamic environment
  • Have a talent for developing strategy within a growing organization
  • Become a valuable partner to all of our internal customers
  • Have the ability to take information and run with it
  • Be a team player and a collaborative peer
  • Have a high attention to detail
  • Be organized and have the ability to keep track of many different purchases/projects/stakeholders at one time
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and some ability to ‘manage you’' within the organization
  • Have demonstrated skills in problem identification, analysis, and resolution

Your background should include:

  • minimum of eight (8)+ years experience in a comparable procurement role
  • Experience in Direct (materials, commodities, equipment)
  • Experience with strategic sourcing and negotiations
  • Familiarity with Source-to-Pay process management
  • Strong Project Management skills
  • Ability to work cross functionally within various departments to address needs and requirements
  • Experience with an ERP and Finance related systems, i.e. NetSuite, Coupa
  • Experience working with Accounts Payable and Finance departments especially around savings classification and sign-off
  • Bachelors degree in a life-science related field, business-related field, or equivalent relevant experience.

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Following extensive monitoring, consideration of business implications, and advice from internal and external experts, GRAIL US has made the decision to require that all U.S. employees be “Fully Vaccinated” with the COVID-19 vaccine and “Up to Date” with any recommended booster. “Fully Vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine (e.g. Johnson & Johnson) has been administered; "Up to Date" means having timely received any COVID-19 vaccine booster(s) in accordance with CDC guidelines. Absent a qualifying exemption, all GRAIL US employees are to comply with this requirement, including providing documentation of such vaccination status, as a condition of employment. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation for consideration by GRAIL.

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What are GRAIL Perks + Benefits

GRAIL Benefits Overview

We’re committed to creating the best experience for everyone at GRAIL, ensuring that each member of our team has comprehensive benefits and resources to thrive at all stages of life, both at work and at home.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Intermountain Healthcare
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Access to the apps like CALM, empowerDX, Progyny, Happify, Spring Health, iPrevail, and more
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Team workouts and access to ClassPass
Mental Health Benefits
Number of wellness programs to include:
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Effective 2023 GRAIL will match up to 3k
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Unlimited PTO in the U.S. and generous PTO un the U.K. Two shutdowns for the week of July 4th (only for U.S.) and between Christmas and New Years.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Drinks and snacks available
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

An Insider's view of GRAIL

How does your team reward individual success?

People grow their skills both by learning how to rapidly build scalable software systems, but also by partnering with scientists and other domain experts to better understand, model, and envision the systems we will need. We enable and empower our engineers to lead this process and grow with our systems as they make the future of GRAIL a reality.

Tristan Matthews

Senior Director, Software Engineering

What projects are you most excited about?

GRAIL has a unique opportunity to scale our operations to add value with our early detection test. Our automation team works on the full spectrum of projects from low-level instrument investigations to overall architectures of processing facilities. I'm excited by projects that push the boundaries of lab automation, and that's what GRAIL is doing.

David Jenions

Principal Automation Engineer

What does career growth look like on your team?

Our mission, to detect cancer early, is truly seeking a needle in many haystacks. Our lab has a very complex and sophisticated assay to execute. We leverage cross-training and mentorship programs where new teammates learn the ropes from senior staff. My team sets people up for success by turning tasks into learning opportunities.

Maryam Hosseini

Director, Laboratory Operations

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The biological problem we're trying to solve is a complex machine learning problem with human lives at stake. From a software engineering point of view, taking massive data, organizing it, building tools to mine it, and deliver results in a scalable, secure, and clinically compliant manner are areas of innovation. This, for me, is my dream job!

Satnam Alag

SVP, Software Engineering

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