Analytical Operations Group Leader (Manager or Sr. Manager)

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

The Analytical Operations department prides itself on expertise and leadership in the area of process related impurities as well as high throughput analytical testing and data management to support process development and validation activities.  We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate people manager and strong leader to join our team.

This position will involve leading a diverse group of approximately 15 scientists, research associates, and project coordinators towards two main goals:  1) cutting-edge research, strategy, and assay development for process-related impurities (such as host cell proteins (HCPs), host cell DNA, endotoxin, and leached protein A/L) and 2) coordination of high-throughput analytical testing in support of process validation studies for new products as well as technology transfers and investigations for existing products.

Direct expertise in both of these areas is preferred, but not essential for the role.  The successful candidate will have (at a minimum) hands-on experience in relevant analytical techniques and demonstrated ability to provide leadership in areas to which they are not subject matter experts.  For example, though identifying strategic goals and empowering and mobilizing teams to achieve these goals using their own expertise.  To this end, the person in this role must be able to energize not only their own team, but also connect their team with collaborators across diverse functional areas such as safety, toxicology, preclinical, clinical, bioprocess development, and technical regulatory functions.

This position requires deep leadership and management skills as well as the passion for coaching, mentoring, and developing talent.  The AO group leader will also be part of the AO leadership team and is expected to contribute to the strategy development and operational management of the department.  This includes identifying and championing opportunities for continuous improvements to business processes, technologies, and strategic focus areas.

Our team deeply values integrity and passion. We're committed to being a supportive work environment and to fostering mentorship and career development for our team members. If you share our values, want to make a difference, enjoy relationship-building, and are dedicated to excellence, we're excited to hear from you!

Key Job Functions:

  • Lead team in research, strategy, and assay development for process-related impurities (including authoring/review of regulatory documents and publication in peer-reviewed journals)
  • Lead team in coordination of high-throughput analytical testing in support of process validation studies (including protocol, sample, and data management)
  • Communicate with key stakeholders on project needs to provide clear direction and priorities to team members
  • Assess current group capabilities and provide strategic direction for improvements
  • Coach, mentor, and develop talent in AO
  • Participate in AO strategy development and operation management

Who You Are

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Biology, Chemistry, or related scientific field
  • 8+ years of relevant experience; 12+ years for the senior level
  • 5+ years of Biologics CMC development experience
  • Substantial experience and clear success in hiring, training, managing, and developing staff, including both direct and indirect reports
  • Substantial experience in leading highly productive teams
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and make sound decisions about scheduling and managing group priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and adapt plans quickly based on new data and/or changing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to build and foster meaningful partner relationships with people of different opinions to make progress towards common goals


Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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