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Director of Operations

BioLife Solutions
Athens, OH
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description
Salary: DOE + Excellent Benefits

BioLife Solutions is repeatedly named one of Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, a list curated by Seattle Business Magazine. We welcome you to apply to join our dynamic, high-energy team. Here you will find a performance-based, family-oriented environment where authentic communication and treating colleagues with respect are required. Our employees receive a competitive benefits package, which includes generous company stock awards and a 401k matching program.


BioLife Solutions is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of class-defining cell and gene therapy bioproduction tools and services. Our solutions facilitate basic and applied research and commercialization of new therapies by maintaining the health of biologic source material and finished products during manufacturing, storage, and distribution. Our solutions offer commercial companies and clinical researchers significant improvement in shelf life and post-preservation viability and function of biologic materials. Our tools portfolio includes our proprietary, serum-free and protein-free, fully defined CryoStor® freeze media and HypoThermosol® shipping and storage media, ThawSTAR® family of automated, water-free thawing products, evo® cold chain management system, and Custom Biogenic Systems high-capacity storage freezers. Services include SciSafe biologic and pharmaceutical materials storage. For more information, please visit:


At Biolife Solutions our strength is the efficiency with which we deliver leading-edge products and support to those we serve. We’re proud to set the standard for success in our industry. To help us continue our growth, we are looking for a self-motivated and results-driven Director of Operations, ULT Freezer Platform to direct and manage our organization’s manufacturing business activities in Athens, OH and to develop and implement effective business strategies and programs.


Duties for the Director of Operations, ULT Freezer Platform will include overseeing daily manufacturing operations, adhering to the Company’s quality management system, allocating budget resources, formulating policies, coordinating business operations, ensuring excellent customer service, improving administration processes, engaging vendors, hiring, and training employees, identifying business opportunities, and monitoring financial activities. An entrepreneurial spirit and vision are required in providing leadership to business functions while maintaining relationships with customers, generating new business, increasing staff productivity, improving service and meeting business and company objectives.


The successful candidate for this role should possess excellent communication skills, superior knowledge of manufacturing, operations and business functions, exceptional budgeting, and financial skills, and strong leadership qualities. The Director of Operations, ULT Freezer Platform should account for all business activities, support staff development, enhance efficiency, drive sales, and improve revenue, maintain relationship with key suppliers, enhance the organization’s image, and meet overall growth objectives.


The Director of Operations, ULT Freezer Platform will report directly to Biolife’s Vice President of Manufacturing.


Responsibilities and Duties

  • Leads Operations staff, including manufacturing operations, supply chain, manufacturing engineering, and logistics in executing manufacturing requirements based on sales forecasts and inventory plans.
  • Collaborates with the Quality Director to imbed quality processes into operations.
  • Leads continuous improvement to achieve production standards, and cost parameters while creating a safe and productive work environment.
  • Performs ROI analysis for special machinery and works closely with engineering personnel regarding product and process improvement and new product launches.
  • Establishes plant policies consistent with corporate policies and provides leadership in the application of such policies to the plant’s organization.
  • Leads long-range plant expansion, conversion, and equipment planning.
  • Oversees the maintenance of building, and equipment, and plant security and protection.
  • Drives and enables high-impact recommendations of team members.
  • Leads and initiates actions to prevent the occurrence of any nonconformities relating to product, process, and the quality system.
  • Represents the organization in the community and promotes the organizations goodwill and interests in community activities.
  • Enables and provides site leadership for a focused safety program.
  • Addresses QMS and EMS requirements for Corrective and Preventive actions.
  • Preforms other essential functions as assigned.


  • Previous and demonstrated leadership of a site operation(s) inclusive of manufacturing, supply chain and logistics.
  • Lean and/or Six Sigma certified.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve aggressive schedule, cost, quality and delivery goals that maximize value for customers and deliver extraordinary business results.
  • Ability to maintain and follow a budget.
  • Ability to lead, manage and coach team members.
  • Ability to conduct work in a collaborative fashion.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement continuous improvement programs and processes to achieve stretch operational goals.
  • 10 years of progressive operational leadership roles that provided growth opportunities for operational personnel while optimizing efficiency through focused cross-training and skill development programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an ISO 13485 and GMP compliant environment, including being integral to customer and regulatory audits.
  • Fully understands key elements of business P&L and take operational actions to maximize customer satisfaction, revenue growth, and margin expansion.
  • Excellent analytical, financial, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Develops and enables operating metrics to achieve business objectives and guide continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Operations Management or related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive operational management experiences that has delivered measurable high-performance results.
  • Strong working knowledge of data analysis and performance metrics using business management software (e.g., ERP, CRM, Microsoft)
  • Experienced in Good Documentation Practices
  • Ability to work independently with limited direction


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.


BioLife Solutions provides a substance-free workplace, and all offers of employment will be contingent on opiate drug test and background check.


BioLife Solutions is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. 

BioLife Solutions


Athens, OH
45701 USA



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