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Director of Lab Operations

Higher Growth Search Sacramento, CA
  • Expired: 7 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

The Director of Lab Operations is a critical part of our client's tissue culture team. You are responsible for administering the daily scientific and technical operations of a tissue culture lab setting by using strategic experience driving operation efficiencies and assembling and managing a team. This includes the examination of data and creation of reports to support the production efforts with in-depth knowledge of cannabis cultivation, micropropagation, and the cannabis industry as per the regulatory provisions of the government and the organization. This position will report to the COO.

Keys to Success in this role include:

  • Manage large diverse production teams while maintaining strict adherence to plant production protocols.
  • Think critically and engineer solutions within the product line to drive business while also enhancing the reputation of client.
  • Implementing and maintaining an effective and efficient production pipeline of at least 20 MM
  • Ability to produce and analyze data that allows for improved decision making.
  • Work closely with Research and Development to ensure the successful transfer on protocols.
  • Extensive background in tissue culture.

Detailed responsibilities to include…

  • Work with the executive team to identify areas of growth and additional revenue opportunities while exploiting the existing opportunities.
  • Work with Research and Development to optimize and improve methodologies for micropropagation.
  • Delivering key performance indicators (yield, labor, inventory management, quality, safety, packing costs, on-time delivery) to budgeted standards
  • Ensure plant ERP systems are appropriately implemented and managed to allow for the consistent capture of data related to key performance indicators.
  • Create awareness about the laboratory among internal/external customers to increase sales of the product. Be visible and available for customers and partners, and occasional industry/social events or conferences.
  • Maintain product vision and execution
  • Work collaboratively with teams to identify product gap analysis and implement appropriate strategies to maximize production success.
  • Maintains laboratory productivity by monitoring workload of functional areas; identifying peak, slack periods; making operational or staffing adjustments.
  • Work cross-functionally and collaboratively to ensure Operations, Marketing, Customer Success, Engineering, Sales and Business Operations are aligned to support the product line goals. Work with the executive team as requested to respond to the needs of the business.
  • Troubleshoot when necessary to optimize culture growth and address problems immediately.
  • Work collaboratively with Research and Development to ensure the accurate development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and ensure their consistency with other facilities.


  • 15+ years’ managing an agricultural or horticultural production facility.
  • 7+ years’ experience in managing direct reports.
  • Thrives in fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Proven experience developing training programs that address tissue culture production, industry trends, and the development needs of the production team; must be a strong mentor capable of getting the most out of your teams.
  • Personality profile to fit into high-growth, entrepreneurial culture that requires teamwork and significant interaction with employees at all levels.
  • Data and metrics driven with experience analyzing research and trends, anticipating and identifying opportunities, and developing insight at a strategic level.
  • High level competency in plant tissue culture production
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a plant science related field, along with knowledge of business management. Preferred master’s degree or PhD in plant science.
  • You are data and metrics driven with experience analyzing research and product trends, anticipating and identifying opportunities and developing insight at a strategic level.
  • You have the ability to manage departmental change rapidly with the business and community needs.
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills.
  • You possess an entrepreneurial spirit and have a passion for growing the business.
  • You are a true team player; your colleagues love working with you.
  • You can set operational targets and manage a cross-functional effort to achieve those targets.
  • You motivate others; you communicate clearly; you inspire your coworkers.
  • You deliver compelling presentations.
  • You are way above average and only want to work at a place that is constantly raising the bar.
  • You have a willingness to continually learn and grow.

Higher Growth Search

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Sacramento, CA