Sr. Manager, Bio-Manufacturing Posted Apr 27
Genomatica , San Diego, CA (San Diego)
Title: Sr. Manager, Bio-Manufacturing

Department: Commercial Engineering

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.

Genomatica is seeking an experienced and motivated Sr. Manager of Bio-Manufacturing to manage our network of contract manufacturers, labs, and warehouses which support our growing specialty products businesses. The successful candidate must thrive in a fast-paced team environment, have excellent communication, planning and organizational skills, and be able fulfill all functional requirements, while supporting other projects as needed, to accomplish key company objectives on aggressive timelines.

The successful candidate will establish objectives and work plans which are key to the success of Genomatica’s Specialty Chemicals business. The individual will be responsible for delivering the right product, with the right Quality, at the right time to Genomatica’s valued customers and distributors.

This is a full-time position reporting to the VP of Commercial Operations.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Lead the process to select and operationalize our developing network of Contract Manufacturers (CMOs), Packagers, and Warehouses:
Ensuring only companies with the highest ethical and performance standards (Quality, Environment, Health, and Safety- QEH&S) are selected
Ensuring that each facility is fully “fit for purpose” and can be put into operation with the least amount of investment/complexity (equipment, regulatory, certifications, etc) at the best economics available
Ensuring that the right personnel with the right skills (technical, communications, etc) are in place
Manage all technical transfer activities to Genomatica’s network of CMOs:
Coordinating analytical method, strain, and downstream process (DSP) efforts
Completing lab to lab cross validation work
Completing all scale-up and pilot testing required
Completing all full scale process qualifications
Manage ongoing operations at each facility:
Keeping QEH&S first, and participating in all incident investigations
Ensuring all product/packaging specifications met the first time every time
Meeting or exceeding all budget and financial commitments
Holding third parties accountable for all contractual commitments
Scheduling of production and operations to meet commercial needs
Establishing, tracking, and reporting on KPIs at each location
Managing Capex projects
Identifying and driving quality and cost improvement projects
Partner with Genomatica’s process development teams as they work to improve the process technologies deployed at partner CMOs:
Ensuring that both short and long range process improvement plans are aligned with commercial objectives and requirements
Ensuring that technology transfer packages are complete and sufficient for deployment at selected CMOs and packaging sites
Support the QA/QC function and activities:
Identifying key Quality system strengths and weaknesses at each third party location
Having a thorough understanding of all requirements of the Genomatica QMS
Quality Agreement, change control, incident communication, record keeping, etc
Participating in all Genomatica product quality incident investigations and deploying the necessary remedies to ensure no repeat events
Ensuring ongoing compliance with relevant GXP and other industry standards
Coordinating routine and customer quality and process audits
Forecast production costs and volume capability/availability as part of Sales and Operations planning process
Develop sourcing and logistics plans to meet growing demand for products and continuity of supply
Communicate routinely anFd clearly on all key metrics, events, challenges, and issues
Qualifications & Experience

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required in order satisfactorily perform in this role.


Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant engineering discipline is required (Chemical/Biochemical engineering is preferred; other engineering disciplines with appropriate experience will be considered).


8+ years of process engineering/operations experience in the biochemical and/or chemical industry, ideally in a regulated industry segment (food, flavors and fragrances, supplements, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc). Experience in CMO/tolling and supply chain management preferred

Knowledge Requirements

Strong Process/manufacturing engineering fundamentals. Practical understanding of chemical/biochemical plant operations. Solid understanding of Supply Chain principles and systems. Ability to set up manage projects using basic scheduling software (eg MS Project). High familiarity with QA/QC processes and systems.


Managing multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to identify root causes of complex problems and develop creative solutions to solve them.
Ability to identify and prioritize cost and quality improvement opportunities
Ability to manage external vendors (CMOs. Packagers, Warehousers) as key partners.
Team player committed to success and getting the job done well
Excellent organization, prioritization, time management and planning skills
Excellent written, oral communication, and management skills.
Work Environment/ Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Will require up to 25% travel
Occasional weekend and/or evening hours required
Preferred primary work location at corporate headquarters in San Diego, CA
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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