Facilities Coordinator Posted Jun 03
Genomatica , San Diego, CA (San Diego)
Title: Facility Coordinator

Department: 710 Facilities

Position Summary

Genomatica develops commercial biobased processes to make widely-used chemicals that enable better, more sustainable everyday products. That enables our partners and leading brands to offer better food packaging, auto parts, clothing, tires, carpets, and more.

We’ve commercialized processes for bio-BDO (for plastics) and for biobased butylene glycol (for cosmetics); and our technology drives the world’s first commercial-scale biobased plant for a major intermediate chemical. We’re working on polyamide intermediates (nylon) and on butadiene (tires); and we’re helping numerous companies with their bioprocesses. We have more on the way.

The Facility Coordinator will assist and co-lead daily facilities operations of the Genomatica facility ensuring the building and equipment are optimally functional and that the maintenance needs of research and development scientists are being satisfied. The successful candidate must interface and work with each of the Genomatica research and development scientists, general and administration staff, and provide daily facilities operational support to the Senior Director, Facilities. In addition, the Facility Coordinator must have experience in all aspects of daily maintenance in a commercial research and development or equivalent commercial facility. Successful candidate must be able to initiate, track, and coordinate multiple technical projects and maintenance tasks with minimal supervision.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Assists and coordinates in the daily management of outside contractors, materials suppliers, and regulatory agencies, while handling major maintenance projects, including tenant improvements, facility inspections, equipment repair and general daily operations.
Assists in the hands-on operation & maintenance of all central plant utility systems, including steam boilers, chillers water purification systems, industrial gases, compressed air, vacuum and power generation and distribution, and air handling equipment.
Maintains maintenance records including, central plant equipment logs, equipment inspection and repair records, operation/maintenance manuals, material delivery receipts, and facility CAD drawings and schematics.
Ensures service and quality standards are maintained by engineering staff and contracted personnel consistent with a quality research and development Biotech facility.
Performs routine building checks to ensure service personnel are meeting their contractual obligations.
Performs administrative tasks as directed, including vendor selection, purchasing, supply and equipment inventory control, processing maintenance requests, file maintenance, mail handling, and initiating and handling check requests, purchase orders, and personnel transactions reports.
Assists in all aspects of the building preventive maintenance programs to ensure consistent, reliable operation of systems, and to minimize downtime and loss.
Conducts monthly, quarterly, or annual inspections including service and reporting of facility, fire alarm and fire suppression systems and laboratory emergency equipment.
Monitors and responds to all facility fire, security, mechanical and scientific process alarms. This duty will require being “on-call” 24 hours nights and weekends on a rotation basis with other facilities personnel.
Assists in monitoring and controlling facility department expenditures to meet operational standards while maintaining annual budget and operating margins.
Monitors and responds to all Genomatica associate service requests in a timely and professional manner using a computerized work request system or equivalent.
Assists other facility personnel, outside contractors, and the Information Technologies Department with personnel moves, adds and changes to alternate office seating locations as directed.
Monitors, maintains, and adjusts the facilities’ computerized ventilation, access, and lighting control systems as required. Prior BMS-FMS experience required.
Maintains physical facility appearance and operation by painting, refinishing, aligning, adjusting, or replacing components as needed.
Promotes and complies with all companies Core Values, policies, and procedures consistent with those of a cutting-edge research and development company while maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards.
Always practices and ensures safe work habits to avoid injury to self and others, including the safe operation of all power-driven machinery, laboratory EHS chemical storage and handling protocols and in compliance with company and departmental safety rules and regulations.
Participates in regular departmental operations meetings, including monthly safety meetings supporting, OSHA, DEA-DOJ, SDFD, DTSC, HMD or other regulatory compliance.
Ensures proper use, storage, and labeling of all hazardous chemicals used by maintenance employees, in accordance with state and federal regulations.
Maintains the cleanliness and safety of work areas, equipment rooms, and mechanical yards.
Assists in the sourcing/procurement, receipt, and inventory of inbound parts and materials.
Performs other tasks, including training of staff, or contracted service personnel as directed.
Qualifications & Experience


An Associate Degree education and a minimum of eight years, of relevant work experience are required. Prior related military education and experience are a plus. English fluency required. Candidate should exhibit a solid understanding of computer operation, and of most common office software, including Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft TEAM’s programs.


Candidates with prior commercial building engineering or tradecraft experience are required including (BMS) Building Management Systems, Access Controls, AutoCad, BIM or other electronic drafting experience. Working knowledge of Electronic Access Control systems and administration.

Knowledge Requirements

Must be able to read and interpret technical instruction manuals, drawings, diagrams, Blueprints, or electronic versions of all trades. Mastery of one or more building trades required. Requires “hands-on” working knowledge of the following systems and their related components; HVAC/R, electrical, plumbing, vacuum, industrial gas systems, water and steam chemistry fundamentals, and general building construction. Previous experience with scientific laboratory equipment is highly preferred. A familiarity with general and preventative maintenance requirements of laboratory or other technology buildings is required. Successful candidate must be comfortable and proficient working on high voltage electrical distribution systems and can distinguish colors, including pastels. The ability to use and interpret common measurement instruments such as volt meters, pressure gauges, manometers, and temperature reading devices is required. A valid California driver’s license required.


Must be a self-starter and able to complete work assignments with minimal supervision and direction. Successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to provide good customer service on a consistent basis and have both strong written and verbal communication skills. Requires an organized and efficient approach to problem solving, must be safety minded, a great team player, and detail oriented. Requires individual to be highly self-motivated and have an ability to work well under pressure as an individual or as part of a team. Candidate will have a proven track record illustrating a high degree of integrity, honesty, and ethics.

Work Environment/ Physical Demands

Works indoors/outdoors and may be exposed to periodic adverse weather conditions. Works on all ground surfaces, roofs, including concrete, soil, and grass, and multi-level structures. Exposure to noise of power-driven machinery, and may work in confined, difficult to access areas. Will work in and around laboratory environments where the presence of Biological and Chemical hazards exists.

Stand/walks approximately 80% of the time and sits at a desk approximately 20% of the time. Strength, flexibility, and good dexterity and reflexes required to operate power-driven machinery and perform work tasks. Candidate must have the ability to work for short periods of time in hot or cold environments. The occasional lifting or moving of objects weighing up to 90 lbs. over short distances is required. Candidate must be flexible to work long, sometimes irregular hours or occasionally on weekends. Frequently uses stairs and ladders up to 14 feet in height.

Genomatica is committed to providing exciting career opportunities in an environment that values trust, respect, openness, teamwork, creativity, enthusiasm, and diligence. We strive to create a culture that enables and encourages everyone to bring their whole selves to work. We are committed to be a company where everyone feels they have equal opportunity to reach their potential. Everyone is accepted and appreciated for who they are and what they bring to Genomatica.

We promote the continued development of an inclusive environment that values diversity through Geno4All, our employee led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. We are looking for innovative, highly motivated, and collaborative people who enjoy the challenges and rewards of a company devoted to commercializing cutting-edge sustainable technology.

Check us out on our LinkedIn Life page. Genomatica is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

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