Production Manager, Manufacturing Purification in Petaluma, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 2/11/2018

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Job Description

Position 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 and purification of custom oligonucleotides. The production manager oversees custom oligonucleotide production: ensuring production objectives are met, implementing lean manufacturing process, reporting KPI’s, facilitating process improvements, and fostering team growth.

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • 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:
  • Performance evaluations and goal setting 
  • Active coaching and mentoring of team members
  • Facilitating technical and professional growth of team members
  • Enforce company policy and manage individual performance issues 
  • Ensure manufacturing priorities are completed by: 
  • Process monitoring
  • Support of production supervisors
  • 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

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.)

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  


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 


  • 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 manufacturing required

Mathematical Skills: 

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Computer Skills:

Fluent in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit ergonomically correctly; use hands to finger, handle or feel, ability to talk and/or hear.  The employee is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus.  Repetitive motion with word processing and data entry. Heavy phone use.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics 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.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This role has occasional handling of hazardous chemicals.

Safety/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Adhere to company safety policy and PPE policy.