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Supply Chain Buyer/Planner

ZBiotics Company

ZBiotics Company

Accounting & Finance, Operations
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The opportunity

At ZBiotics, we make genetically engineered probiotics that improve daily life. As a group of motivated, yet down-to-earth people, we are fueled by two things: a love for science and a commitment to being people-first. GMO products like ours, built to create benefits for people in their daily lives are the future. As the first to market, we believe it’s our duty to set a high bar for product quality, safety, and transparency for others to follow.

In 2019, we launched the world’s first genetically engineered probiotic: a 15mL probiotic drink designed to break down an alcohol byproduct that leads to rough mornings after drinking. Since then, ZBiotics’ business has continued to grow rapidly year over year.

We are preparing to launch our second product, a genetically engineered probiotic with a new function related to microbiome health.

Your impact

ZBiotics seeks an analytical Buyer/Planner to join our team. In this role, you will support the supply chain team through keeping track of inventory, anticipating demand, and ensuring production continuity.

A successful candidate in this role has experience managing supply chain processes, can operate independently, and is eager to support a company redefining how consumers see genetic engineering and GMOs.

About the role

You will report to ZBiotics’ VP of Supply Chain, working closely with the operations team as our fourth full-time Supply Chain hire. Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining finished goods supply for assigned product lines and safety stock levels.
  • Issuing material POs and coordinating logistics for all purchases. Tracking receipts both in the MRP system and offline trackers.
  • Managing and tracking execution of production plans with co-packers. Coordinating logistics to move product forward to 3PLs.
  • Maintaining MRP transactions in an accurate and timely manner for assigned product line, including tracking tools for offline POs and other transactions, and supporting accounting with month-end inventory close.
  • Monitoring finished goods inventory levels and escalating supply issues, highlighting risk to the business and providing relevant projections.
  • Developing and maintaining reports and KPIs that identify areas of opportunity.
  • Leading production planning meetings, communicating priorities and future production forecasts.
  • Supporting inventory processes through ad hoc analysis.
  • Partnering with quality/engineering/R&D to ensure materials are efficiently evaluated to meet quality and production schedule requirements.

Desired experience

If your experience doesn’t align perfectly but you are a dedicated, quick learner, please apply:

    • 3+ years’ experience in supply planning with direct experience in production planning.
    • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in business, economics, supply chain management, or any other business-related field) or equivalent experience.
    • High degree of intellectual curiosity, able to identify root causes and develop action plans.
    • Comfortable working self-sufficiently in a diverse and fast-paced environment, adhering to tight deadlines.
    • Intermediate to expert for both Google Workspace (especially Google Docs and Google Sheets) and Microsoft Office (Word and Excel).
    • Able to perform data extraction and analysis in Excel and Google Sheets.
    • Effective verbal and written communication skills, adapting delivery based on audience/stakeholder. Ability to prepare reports, presenting data with charts, graphs, and other tools.
    • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Understands the impact that supply chain functions have on company operations.
    • Ability to learn and become proficient across new programs, dashboards, databases, and tools very quickly.
    • Demonstrated ability to interact with vendors and colleagues in a thoughtful and attentive manner.


    • CPG or Food industry experience.


    By day 30, you will …

    • Become familiar with the supply chain processes at ZBiotics.
    • Complete transactions in our MRP system: issuing POs, receipts, stock transfers and adjustments, manufacturing orders with oversight and check by the hiring manager.
    • Email and hold call introductions with our critical partners—contract manufacturers, 3PL, and our strategic/key suppliers.

    By day 60, you will …

    • Become proficient across all our supply chain processes.
    • Have held introductions with external partners.
    • Have limited oversight over MRP transactions and trackers for supply chain.

    By day 90, you will …

    • Support month-end closes by confirming all monthly MRP transactions are completed, that there are no anomalies, and that all offline trackers are up-to-date.
    • Be fully comfortable with managing all ZBiotics supply chain processes.
    • Support supply chain projects as-needed by the VP of Supply Chain.

    This role is perfect for you if …

    • You’re excited to have lots of autonomy and responsibility right out the gate.
    • You optimize for impact, know when detailed work is necessary, and don’t over-analyze.
    • You love helping others, but you know how to manage your time and don’t overpromise.
    • You’re excited to work for a growing startup with opportunities to take on new challenges over time.
    • You embody the ZBiotics values of People, Integrity, Citizenship, and Science.
      • People - We always put people first, especially our customers.
      • Integrity - We communicate honestly and deliver high quality always.
      • Citizenship - We are inclusive and committed to doing what’s right.
      • Science - We question our own assumptions and adapt to new data.


    We believe in a life well-lived. ZBiotics offers competitive benefits for a life outside of work, including: health / dental, 401(k) matching, a minimum PTO policy (with unlimited time off), 16 weeks fully paid parental leave, a home office stipend, transit benefits for those in the San Francisco Bay Area, full-time work-from-home policy (if desired), and access to coworking office space if located in or visiting San Francisco.

    The base salary for this position is $83,000 / year, and will include additional equity. A presented offer may be higher, depending on qualifications and experience.

    We encourage you to apply …

    At ZBiotics, we value our differences, and we encourage all – especially those whose identities are traditionally underrepresented in tech organizations – to apply.