The Max Foundation

The Max Foundation – Director of Global Supply Chain

The Organization:

In 2020, approximately 19.3 M people were diagnosed, and 10 M people died from cancer globally, many because they did not have access to treatment. These numbers continue to rise.

The Max Foundation (Max) believes in a world where all people can access high-impact medicines, where geography is not destiny, and everyone can strive for health with dignity and hope.    For over 25 years, Max has worked to accelerate health equity.  Our mission is to increase global access to treatment, care, and support for people living with cancer.  Specifically, we create access channels to innovative cancer medicines for people in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) where no other means of access exist.    We work with national cancer centers and other public institutions, health care providers, patient associations, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic manufacturers, and governmental and non-governmental agencies to provide access to life-saving treatments.   Our international non-profit functions as an operating foundation with funds raised spent directly on our proprietary access programs.  Patients are at the center of all we do.

The Max Foundation is currently working to increase the size and scope of our access programs to reach more cancer patients and meet today’s global health needs now and in the future. Max is an ambitious, fast-paced, mission-driven, and patient-oriented organization aiming for a large-scale impact. With annual in-kind donations valued at more than $600M, an operating budget of over $10M, and over 60 global team members, Max delivers more than 10,000,000 daily doses of life-saving cancer medication to thousands of patients in over 70 countries annually and in collaboration with nearly 200 medical institutions. Through our work, we improve and save lives, promote health equity globally, enable humanitarian donations of life-saving therapies to patients in LMIC, and strengthen healthcare systems.

A core set of beliefs drives us:

  • All human life has equal value.
  • Achieving health equity requires collaboration.
  • Progress requires dedication beyond the ordinary.
  • Max must develop innovative solutions.

The Max Foundation is looking for a Director of Global Supply Chain to join our team. This is a new position that reports to the VP of Programs, with a globally disbursed team of five (5), oversight of a $4M budget, and an outsized impact on ensuring patients receive uninterrupted access to life-saving care.

Learn more about The Max Foundation here.

 The Role

The Director of Global Supply Chain (DGSC) will drive global supply chain strategic initiatives, ensuring the efficacy and efficiency of Max’s global supply chain program. The role requires significant leadership skills and ability with a bias for action. Strong relationship-building skills and a patient-centered approach are critical in this work. We are looking for a nimble, innovative, inspiring, and data-driven leader able to develop and implement long-term supply chain strategies and reduce supply chain costs while ensuring uninterrupted patient access to life-saving therapeutics globally. Max’s next phase of growth will require the Director to be skilled in forging relationships across functional groups to enable the evolution of MAPs systems, planning processes, warehouse inventory systems, product life cycle management, and stewarding donor supply agreements relationships.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker experienced in executing supply chain activities capable of supporting rapid growth and global distribution. This person must be forward-thinking with highly developed problem-solving abilities and capable of developing strategic plans to improve operations productivity, quality, and efficiency. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who wants to build a world-class supply chain and accelerate global access to life-saving therapies.

Opportunities for Impact

  • Develop a deep understanding of all the current global supply chain program elements and play an integral role in its expansion and making it more efficient and effective while maintaining quality.
  • Design the strategy and set goals for Max’s global supply chain
  • Strategize on complex reporting and multi-year forecasting with donor partners.
  • Develop and implement an explicit model of inventory management.
  • Improve forecasting and inventory management to reduce supply chain costs and ensure uninterrupted patient supply of therapeutics.
  • Partner with Finance to ensure timely and accurate reporting.
  • Collaborate with executive and regional leadership to assess the organization’s challenges and drive SCM improvement initiatives.
  • Expand geographically to provide targeted access where there is none today.
  • Support business process improvement initiatives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Manage, develop, and evolve strategic donor and vendor relationships.

What you will bring

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills.   The Max Foundation is seeking candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas:

  • 10+ years of professional experience and career growth working and/or consulting in the global supply chain strategy and implementation in global health. LMIC preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience managing globally disbursed teams preferred.
  • Experience working in a global and multicultural capacity across time zones and among diverse teams desired.
  • Strong financial experience/focus – deep understanding of supply chain metrics, KPIs, and how to drive improvement in those metrics
  • Subject Matter Expertise in 3 or more functional areas of the provider supply chain: Logistics, Supply Chain Strategy, Supply Chain Resilience, Value Analysis, ERP optimization,
  • Excellent project management skills: ability to manage multiple projects of complex scope
  • Superior analytical problem-solving skills with an ability to anticipate both strategic and operational issues and recommend solutions

Commitment to

  • Be passionate about and a steward of The Max Foundation’s mission. Bring high integrity, enthusiasm, drive, intellectual rigor, and authenticity to the role.   Earn trust, inspire others, and build stakeholder commitment towards common goals through vision and purpose.
  • Understand the uniqueness and complexity of The Max Foundation and its global supply chain.
  • Recognize and evaluate opportunities to expand The Max Foundation’s impact.
  • Attract, develop, cultivate, and manage a high-performing team.
  • Lead through change with sensitivity, clear vision, excellent communication, and strong emotional and social intelligence.
  • Make systematic improvements to supply chain activities.
  • Promote a culture of collaboration, learning, continuous improvement, and excellence.
  • Develop and execute plans to improve quality, supply security/continuity, policies, and reduce lead times.
  • Develop, manage, and communicate KPIs to staff.
  • Collaborate and support teams on expanding countries’ patients/therapies, demand planning and forecasting, and reporting.

Ability to

  • Liaise with pharmaceutical company’s supply/operations teams on monthly business reviews.
  • Effectively communicate (written, oral, presenting, and negotiating) with attention to detail
  • Meet tight deadlines, multi-task, and prioritize workload
  • Work with different systems and make recommendations on improvements for both systems and processes
  • Creatively solve challenging problems.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and ability to motivate yourself and others
  • Keep an open mind to explore different solutions and ideas presented by others
  • Earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships and contribute to a culture of inclusion
  • Set and manage expectations; observe and monitor work progress
  • Translate high-level business priorities into clear and straightforward initiatives that achieve our organization’s goals and strategic imperatives
  • Work directly with demand planning and Finance regarding forecasting, service improvement, and inventory.
  • Collaborate and support programs team on the expansion of countries/patients/therapies, demand planning, and forecasting
  • Address emerging topics such as US and international policy changes, changing portfolio trends, and any other disruptions or events that could impact our ability to supply products to patients.
  • Deploy and monitor the performance of the core supply processes within Max, donor partners, and 3PL partners
  • Implement change management with the ability to facilitate change
  • Collaborate well with others across the organization and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly fluid environment
  • “Connect the dots” and generate business plans for the future.
  • Use strong decision-making skills in the face of limited information and limited time
  • Influence and work well with executive-level management and senior-level peers in a proactive and constructive manner. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written with all levels of the organization.
  • Use negotiation and influencing skills and develop long-lasting internal and external relationships.
  • Maintain a sense of perspective and humor through challenge, uncertainty, and change.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with a target starting salary range of $110,000 – $140,000, depending on experience. We offer a generous benefits package, including:

  • Employer-paid premiums for medical, vision, and dental coverage
  • Paid time off that includes vacation, personal time, and 10 paid holidays
  • 401(k) plan with match
  • Life and short-term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional life and/or long-term disability insurance coverage


The position is open until filled. Candidate materials are reviewed on an ongoing basis. To be considered, please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to the Search Committee. Please upload the resume and cover letter as a single, combined WORD or PDF documentYou may direct questions to Amy Burton,, or 206.718.5122.

The Max Foundation is a progressive, equal opportunity employer committed to creating a welcoming work environment. The Max Foundation and The Valtas Group do not discriminate based on age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment, and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

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