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Production Manager, Custom Oligonucleotide Purification

REF: VAC-157

  • Location:
  • Petaluma
  • Salary:
  • Competitive
  • Closing Date:
  • 31 Dec 2017
LGC provides a range of measurement products and services which underpin the safety, health and security of the public, including reference materials and proficiency testing, genomics solutions, services and instrumentation, and expert sample analysis and interpretation. Our customers are across a number of end markets including Pharmaceuticals, Agricultural Biotechnology, Food, Environment, Government and Academia.

Job Summary:
This role is responsible for managing a multi-shift production team, ensuring resource availability, developing staff, fostering a culture of safety and overseeing the daily manufacture of custom oligonucleotides. The production manager oversees custom oligonucleotide production: ensuring production numbers are met, implementing lean manufacturing process, reporting KPI’s, facilitating process improvements, and fostering team growth.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Manage oligonucleotide purification labs and staff
  • Manage oligonucleotide purification production processes
  • Manage and report Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Implement and Manage Lean and gross margin initiatives
  • Independently execute on objectives and goals
  • Manage staffing and instrumentation budgets
  • Manage shift work and scheduling
  • Manage and develop four or more direct reports
  • Provide effective leadership through:
  1. Performance evaluations and goal setting
  2. Active coaching and mentoring of team members
  3. Facilitating technical and professional growth of team members
  4. Enforce company policy and manage individual performance issues
  • Ensure manufacturing priorities are completed by:
  1. Process monitoring
  2. Support of production supervisors
  3. Timely and appropriate advocating for resources
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with internal suppliers, production team members and production managers to assure the most efficient use of time and resources
  • Effectively coordinate with facilities and maintenance staff to ensure production equipment is functional and available for production
  • Manage training program and compliance
  • Ensure appropriate process and work instructions are in place
  • Proactively interface with production team, internal suppliers, and internal customers to identify and implement areas of continuous improvement
  • Overseeing the safe use of hazardous chemicals in a manufacturing environment on a daily basis
Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Professional presence and strong attention to detail
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to compile data and produce high level reports
  • Technical proficiency that enables effective management of the production process
  • Strong communication and problem solving abilities
  • High level professional written and oral communication. Interpersonal and organizational skills that foster collaboration and cross-functional teams in different locations  
  • Project management experience, with the ability to drive projects to completion while working under tight timelines  

Process Knowledge:
  • Current and working knowledge of small molecule preparative HPLC, analytical instrumentation and common biotech equipment
  • Experience with Lean Six Sigma tools and Project Management skills
  • Experience with automated process equipment and control
  • Broad technical knowledge in area of responsibility and ability to provide technical instruction on new/improved processes to appropriate audiences, primarily Manufacturing personnel.
  • Experience with troubleshooting and problem solving with process and equipment
  • Ensure consistent product quality through implementation of effective systems and collaboration with key support groups (QA, EH&S, Process Development, Supply Chain, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree in the Life Sciences or Chemistry, 8+ years of industry experience and 4+ years in a leadership position and/or demonstrates proficiency to meet the requirements of a Production Manager
  • Experience with HPLC and a high pace manufacturing environment is preferred
Computer Skills:
  • Microsoft Office
  • Outlook
  • Word
  • Excel
Essential competencies and behaviors:
  • Resonates and operates in line with LGC’s core value behaviors: Respect, Integrity, Passion, Curiosity and Brilliance
LGC Biosearch Technologies is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
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