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Supply Chain Manager



New York, NY, USA · United States
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024
Helaina is a VC-backed biotech startup creating a new category of functional food products.

Our vision is to bring the functional properties of human proteins to food. Helaina will be the first company to put human milk proteins into food, defining a new category of consumer nutrition products focused on supporting immunity. We will initially launch a first-of-its-kind infant formula – the only infant formula with immune-nourishing proteins found in human milk. We also see a range of opportunities to use our breast milk proteins to enhance other types of functional foods for all segments of the population.

Helaina is backed by top VCs in the industry including Spark Capital, Siam Capital, Primary Venture Partners, and Plum Alley. We are a team of change-makers looking for our next team member who is intensely passionate about advancing synthetic biology for food and beverage products and redefining the future of nutrition.

About the Job:

Helaina is seeking a Supply Chain Manager to coordinate, organize, and oversee all activities involved in the identification, acquisition, production, and distribution of Helaina's products. The ideal candidate has domestic U.S. and international logistics experience, and excels in a fast-paced environment.

What You'll Do:

  • Manage execution of supply chain day-to-day operations.
  • Collaborate with the team to establish performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of factors affecting the supply chain.
  • Develop and report on CMO and manufacturing performance.
  • Forecast product demand using inputs from stakeholders.
  • Work cross functionally to create, maintain and update all quality, shipping and logistics documentation.
  • Prepare production plans in coordination with R&D.
  • Create and implement a process for tracking COGS; monitor COGS and report to Finance.
  • Analyze current inventories and procedures, and establish an inventory tracking system to scale with production.
  • Own internal and domestic importing logistics; Identify optimal shipment and transportation routes with attention to consolidation of warehousing and distribution.
  • Negotiate prices for raw material and delivery with suppliers, vendors, and/or shipping companies.
  • Monitor the performance of suppliers, assessing their ability to meet quality and delivery requirements; identify and qualify new suppliers in collaboration with other departments.
  • Create a post-sales logistics infrastructure and process; provide end-to-end post-sales support in partnership with sales including client onboarding and order fulfillment.
  • Participate as an advisory member of the product development team, providing information and guidance on availability and cost of supplies and materials.
  • Provide sales team with additional logistics support as needed.
  • Set up third party warehousing and shipping capabilities needed for commercial scale as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

About You:

  • You have a Bachelor's degree in logistics or supply chain management
  • You have 10+ years practical experience working in a supply chain or logistics focused role.
  • You have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • You have excellent negotiation skills with a proven ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with vendors, suppliers, shippers, and customers.
  • You have strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • You are highly organized, analytical, process oriented and detail oriented.
  • You have a thorough understanding of company products and logistics.
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and thrive in a dynamic environment.
  • You demonstrate a customer-first mindset.
  • You are able to work collaboratively with other functional areas including manufacturing, QA/QC, sales, marketing and finance.
  • You have working knowledge of dangerous goods regulations including U.S. DOT, ICAO/IATA and IMDG.
  • You have experience implementing an ERP system.
  • You have experience working in supply chain within the food industry.
  • CPSM, CSCP, and/or SCPro certification a plus.

Compensation is market-competitive with a yearly cash base of $110k - $130k plus equity.

We use a disciplined approach to compensation. We believe this is the only way to create a consistent, strategic, and equitable compensation structure that in turn unlocks healthy growth for our organization. We build our range with benchmarking data for the particular role from Because Pave hooks into HRIS, they have the most accurate data for early-stage companies. We decide any given hire's offer based on three factors:

  • expected performance in the role (based on performance in the interview process and proximity of experience);
  • seniority (amount of relevant experience);
  • location (different cost of living).


Helaina was founded on the belief that families should have freedom of choice. We are committed to providing an inclusive workplace that does just that, supporting our team's health, wellbeing and professional development at every stage and milestone. We are proud to offer comprehensive health care, generous parental leave and childcare reimbursement, equity packages and more to our Full-Time employees. A few highlights include:

  • Full medical, vision and dental coverage
  • Short and long term disability insurance coverage
  • 401k match (up to 3%)
  • Unlimited vacation days, including an all-company holiday between Christmas and New Year
  • Paid Parental Leave for both parents + flexible return to work program
  • Childcare reimbursement program
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Leadership Development coaching through BetterUp

Helaina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Helaina we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may just be the strongest candidate for this or other roles. For more information, please contact

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