Program Manager - Synthetic Biology

Location: Emeryville, CA

As a Program Manager at Berkeley Lights, you will:

  • Manage multi-disciplinary teams (including members from marketing, engineering, software, biology, chemistry, applications, and quality) with the goal of delivering breakthrough products and/or driving customer-focused projects to successful completion.  Program scope and complexity will vary, but they will be fast-paced using unique, cutting edge technologies and approaches.  You will work closely with the commercial team to ensure product/customer requirements are accurately defined, then you will design a cross functional team and oversee successful execution from concept to commercialization/delivery.
  • Work with Marketing to scope the project in terms of requirements, resource needs, and timelines. 
  • Work with functional managers (we use a matrix org structure) to resource and build a team to meet the specifications within the agreed upon timeline and budget.  The team size may vary between 3 people and up to 12; in all cases the team will be multidisciplinary and awesome.
  • Oversee execution of the project, communicate progress both internally (to executive team) as well as to the customer for customer-focused projects.
  • Oversee the development of products to ensure product development procedures are followed.
  • Maintain project plans, timelines, lead core team meetings and own specific project deliverables.
  • Provide and/or oversee documentation of each project including the design history file for products, quality documentation as well as customer-facing training and informational materials. 

Position Requirements:

  • Six + years relevant work experience working with interdisciplinary teams on complex problems related to synthetic biology, preferably as manager or program leader. 
  • Advanced degree related to synthetic biology preferred. 
  • Ability to develop and manage timelines for complex multidisciplinary programs and meet or exceed expectations.  Project management is a required skillset, but this role involves much more than Gantt charts.  You are a leader that inspires teams to be greater than the sum of their parts. 
  • Possess strong problem-solving skills, ideally in a structured format.  Define risks or problems that warrant additional resources to complete programs on schedule.  Work with team to use structured problem-solving techniques to remedy risks or problems quickly and remain on schedule.  Deep down, you get a little excited when something breaks because you enjoy fixing things that appear unfixable.  
  • Communication, communication, communication.  You will be communicating progress to internal management, including executives in the form of presentations, meetings, and reports.  This doesn’t mean that you love meetings, rather you love efficient forms of communication which occasionally includes very short meetings. 
  • Documentation: help to define, review and efficiently oversee key documentation for products, e.g. requirements, risk analysis, project plans, manuals, marketing collateral, etc. 
  • Data driven attitude with strong data analysis skills.  Sharing data in a format that is easy to interpret should come naturally to you.  You often ask yourself, ‘what would Tufte do?’ 
  • Revenue driven: will interface with commercial team and maintain alignment with corporate goals and you will be responsible for projects/products with very large dollar values. 
  • Tactical and strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and experienced at experimental design.
  • Must be pro-active with strong prioritization, organization and project coordination skills. 
  • Excel in small, motivated high-performance team with aggressive schedules.  We move really fast here.
  • Work well across multiple disciplines and personalities.  Teams will include mix of engineers and scientists, and you appreciate the differences in how scientists and engineers tackle problems and can use both approaches to maximize the results.    
  • Some limited travel may be required for conferences and key customer interactions and you know that sometimes a face-to-face meeting is required.  (<20%)
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