Director, Logistics

  • Nanostring
  • Bothell, WA
  • Jan 14, 2022
Full time Biotech Operations Strategic Planning Supply Chain Warehouse

Job Description

Who We Are:

NanoString Technologies (NASDAQ: NSTG) is a leading provider of life science tools for discovery and translational research. The company’s nCounter® Analysis System is used in life sciences research and has been cited in more than 3,800 peer-reviewed publications. The nCounter Analysis System offers a cost-effective way to easily profile the expression of hundreds of genes, proteins, miRNAs, or copy number variations, simultaneously with high sensitivity and precision, facilitating a wide variety of basic research and translational medicine applications. The company’s GeoMx® Digital Spatial Profiler enables highly-multiplexed spatial profiling of RNA and protein targets in a variety of sample types, including FFPE tissue sections.  Built on pioneering principles in 2003, NanoString is blazing new trails and exploring new frontiers to adapt to the everchanging landscape and becoming smarter and more innovative in the process.  We are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery and providing solutions that can have a meaningful impact in research and discovery.  

Our purpose is to Map the Universe of Biology.   We enable scientists to answer questions they have always wanted to ask to explore the boundaries of cellular structures and create an atlas of biological interactions that define life.  We are relentless in our quest to Catalyze the Next Biological Revolution leading to Advancing the Human Condition.  In addition to a pioneering spirit, we value:  Grit.  Authenticity.  Ambition.  Ingenuity.  Customers.  Join our team!

Job Summary:

The Director of Logistics plays a critical role in leading, managing and developing a high-performance team responsible for receiving, inventory management, final product kitting, and global order fulfillment & distribution of finished goods for Nanostring commercial and service products across multiple sites. The incumbent will need to be able to embrace change management, plan for success while being persistent at mitigating failure, make decisions and drive, create an environment to make responsibility and accountability a way of life at all levels, and be a great partner with all stakeholders to support the business. The incumbent works closely with all corporate functions, as well as members of the executive team. 

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for leading and managing all of the following functions: Kitting, Shipping and Receiving
  • Develop and implement processes and procedures to ensure flawless control of Logistics. Specifically, operate effectively in our ERP system to manage good receipts, production orders, sales orders, cycle counts, inventory accuracy and inventory transactions
  • Help prepare and review as needed, plans for NPI and commercial launch considering the commercial demand, QA, production, packaging and labeling requirements
  • Develop, visualize and act on Key Performance Indicators and metrics relative to the department
  • Recruit, retain, and develop a first-class team responsible for providing best in class Order Fulfillment, global distribution and logistics services to Nanostring operations worldwide. Build and continually advance employee engagement by creating a culture of operational excellence that includes continuous improvement, efficient execution and an environment in which individuals and teams can excel
  • Manage third party distribution performances including contract and communication
  • Build strong collaborations and partnerships with all the various stakeholder leaders including Sales, Marketing, Finance, Manufacturing, Quality and R&D
  • Managing up to 15+ people on team
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 7+ years of experience in management and performance of Logistics operations in a high-tech and fast-paced environment 
  • Global operations expertise, experience with launching productions globally and an understanding of the Logistics regulatory requirements 
  • Demonstrated experience of managing teams spread across diverse geographic locations and different production workflows, in an ISO-13485, ROU and FDA GMP environment 
  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific or business-related major is required 
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to be able to engage confidently with key stakeholders at all levels of the organization 
  • Be customer focused with high integrity and transparency 
  • Demonstrated experience in sophisticated statistical modeling to improve productivity 
  • Demonstrated excellence at both strategy and execution 
  • Understanding and competence with ERP systems, including awareness of Microsoft Navision 
  • Ability to travel to Bothell and other locations as needed 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs


  • APICS CPIM, CSCP, CLTD is preferred
  • MBA preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience

NanoString is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. NanoString does not accept unsolicited agency resumes and will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that it does not have a signed agreement with.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: NanoString has a COVID-19 vaccination policy that applies to ALL U.S. employees (regardless of work location), onsite contractors and visitors except as prohibited by applicable law. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees are required to provide proof of full vaccination within 31 days of their hiring date or have applied for an exemption for which an accommodation can be made. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final (or only) dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Exemptions will be considered for medical conditions/disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs, observations, or practices. For any visitor coming onsite to one of NanoString’s facilities, we must verify that the visitor is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to site entry and visitors must don a face mask at all times when onsite in a NanoString facility.


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ISO Certification, Six Sigma-Black Belt-TQM, General-Other: Logistics-Transportation, Inventory Planning and Management, Shipping and Receiving-Warehousing, Supplier Management-Vendor Management