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Senior Associate, Procurement Operations



Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Location: Boston, MA (Charlestown)

Mori is focused on innovations in the food, agriculture, and packaging industries. We leverage the unique properties of a natural protein discovered in silk that protects food, creates an edible barrier, and slows down spoilage. Our products can be integrated at any time from farm to shelf, allowing food producers, processors, and retailers to deliver more and better-quality food to consumers. Our mission statement “More Food, Less Waste” embodies our companies’ commitment to improving supply chain inefficiencies and reducing food and packaging waste. We abide by the following values to make our mission possible:

  • Think big, start small
  • Embrace complexity
  • See it through
  • Operate with care
  • Keep perspective

Job Description

Mori is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to join our team as a Sr. Associate. The Sr. Associate of Procurement Operations will lead the rationalization of tail spend across all procurement categories, drive procurement process efficiencies, develop and manage the supplier engagement process. This role reports to the Manager, FP&A and Analytics.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Efficiently process orders using the internal chemical ordering system, providing support to R&D departments.
  • Ensure completion of the entire Procure-to-Pay cycle by working in tandem with Receiving and Accounts Payable departments to resolve challenges regarding delivery, invoicing, and the handling of returned materials to suppliers.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather comprehensive requirements and specifications for various goods and services.
  • Lead the end-to-end RFP processes, maintaining the integrity of supplier selection and adhering to Mori’s procurement policy and legal contracting standards.
  • Establish and manage a centralized repository for all procurement-related data, encompassing supplier details, pricing information, contracts, and performance metrics.
  • Generate performance analytics and reports that cover procurement function insights, supplier offerings, and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Maintain optimal inventory levels and uphold department metrics, while continuously driving improvements within the department.
  • Monitor back-order reports and collaborate closely with planning, manufacturing, and product teams to facilitate seamless scheduled activities.
  • Assist in the identification of new raw materials and those required for development projects.
  • Ensure compliance with GMP, comprehend procedures and requirements, and adhere to change control regulations (FDA, ISO) to guarantee quality and regulatory standards.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, technology, finance, engineering, or supply chain management
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in Procurement or Strategic Sourcing
  • High proficiency with Excel, skilled in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency in data analysis or statistics
  • Proven history of managing multiple sourcing projects simultaneously
  • Ability to gather and analyze data to show trends and provide proper recommendations/solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable and professional when interacting with people across the organization.
  • Proactive approach to daily tasks and projects
  • Demonstrate independent critical analysis capability and comfort working with ambiguity.
  • Critical thinking and able to identify complex issues and solutions, anticipate questions, provide practical solutions, and offer insightful direction.


  • Base salary range from $80,000 - $95,000 based on experience.

Mori provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Equity
  • Health, vision, and dental plans where Mori pays 50-70% of the premium
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) for High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP)
  • Unlimited paid-time-off (which includes sick pay) and 11 paid company holidays
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Commuter benefits providing employees the opportunity to use tax-free dollars on commuting costs (as specified by the benefit administrator)
  • Free, access to confidential mental health counsellors through a program called Health Advocate. Health Advocate also helps with other things (securing childcare, finding lawyers for wills, etc.), and you have access to the full array of Health Advocate options
    • Health Advocate also offers advice on which health insurance option to choose based on your personal circumstances (HIPAA compliant, everything is done between you and them and never comes to a Mori employee). This type of program is often referred to as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Free OneMedical on-demand primary care (24/7 access to physicians, online booking system, membership fee is covered), insurance required for certain services
    • Free TelaDoc through Aetna available to employees with an active Mori health plan.
    • One year of TalkSpace (fully online mental health therapists) Access based on enrollment in an active Mori provided Health Benefit plan. Monthly limitations apply
  • Optional Life and supplemental life insurance through MetLife

Additional location specific benefits include:

  • 24/7 access to Hood Park fitness center (Boston benefit)
  • Covered and indoor bike parking (Boston benefit)
  • Hood Park programming and events (Boston benefit)

Mori is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and all applicable state and local fair employment practices laws. Employment opportunities at Mori are based upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, caste, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.6