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Associate Director, Lab and Facilities Management

Frontier Medicines
South San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

We are seeking a highly creative, passionate, and motivated individual to join us in our quest to advance science and defeat disease. We are looking for an Associate Director, Laboratory Facility Operations to join our team and advance our platform. This person will be instrumental in Frontiers transition to a clinical stage Biotechnology Company. The candidate should have a passion for working collaboratively with biologists and bioengineers to enable building the necessary tools for meeting Frontiers goals. Additionally, the candidate will be strategically minded, service-oriented, and familiar with biotechnology lab and facility operations.


What will you be doing?

  • The candidate should have a passion for working collaboratively with biologists and chemists to enable building the necessary tools for boldly advancing science to defeat disease
  • Additionally, the candidate will be strategically minded, service-oriented, and familiar with biotechnology lab and facility operations
  • Provide strategic direction, technical supervision and support to the Lab and Facilities Operations team who manages daily operations at both the Boston and SSF sites
  • Provides regular performance reviews and sets teams objectives aligned with Scribes annual goals and individual development plans
  • Drive improvements in service, efficiency, and cost reduction through standardization of common practices across the company, Track performance across the 3 areas (service, efficiency, cost reduction)
  • Create a venue to share ideas between lab operations/facilities teams and clients (lab personnel)
  • Establish and own a business continuity plan including extended-hours coverage and response plan
  • Establish processes and maintain an infrastructure to enable laboratory operations across Research and Process Science including:
    • capital plan/expenditures (from forecasting needs to installation),
    • lab equipment and instrumentation (i.e., contracts, maintenance, repair, calibration, upgrade and retiring),
    • lab consumables (i.e., contracts, procurement, order management, inventory management) in conjunction with Unity Lab Services
    • lab safety (i.e., chemical storage, waste, build system for MSDS information, Contract EH&S oversight, and OSHA oversight)
  • Effectively collaborate with members within a fully integrated team to facilitate execution on projects within established timelines
  • Foster a driven, fast-paced, dynamic, and fun environment in which to do rigorous science
  • Oversight of capital projects where applicable with facilities project manager, facilitate communication between all internal and external stakeholders including architects, lab designers and contractors on lab and building renovations and improvements, ensuring projects are completed timely and on budget
  • Supervise facilities vendor management and performance against budget in collaboration with finance function

What are we looking for?

  • Proven track record managing laboratory facilities in Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical industries
  • 8+ years experience in supply chain and lab management
  • Associate or bachelors degree, or equivalent
  • Experience implementing and managing Companywide OSHA, EH&S and other environmental compliance programs
  • In-depth experience with the set-up/design, operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment in a Biotechnology industry setting
  • Experience overseeing the receiving of lab equipment, chemicals, biologics, and temperature sensitive samples and reagents
  • Equipment management experience with maintenance, calibration, and validation of analytical and process equipment
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Excellent prioritization and organization skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office, particularly developing PowerPoint slides and excel budgets to articulate project spending and progress
  • Experience with setting up an ERP system
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary research team


  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity)
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability
  • Training & Development
  • Free Food & Snacks
  • Wellness Resources
  • Stock Option Plan

Frontier Medicines


South San Francisco, CA


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