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VP/Director Research u0026 Development

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Emeryville, CA, United States

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Jun 23, 2020

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nnu003cstrongu003eJob Descriptionu003c/strongu003enu003cpu003eWe’re seeking a Vice President of Ru0026D Discovery at Company Inc., to lead our core Ru0026D teams; responsible for executing on the company's technology vision, shaping its technical strategy, and driving its development execution to firmly place PD as a world leader producing high quality protein. The ideal candidate is a creative self-starter with a long and successful track record of working both collaboratively and independently in synthetic biology to develop a systems approach integrating strain engineering, screening, analytics, and strain physiology to prioritize Ru0026D strategy, to execute new ideas and projects, and to build supporting programs in house alongside outside supporting partnerships.  This person thrives in a fast-paced, high-growth environment, and has a passion for sustainable, cruelty-free food. This position reports to the Chief Technology Officer.u003c/pu003eu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003ePRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003eu003culu003eu003cliu003eLead Ru0026D Discovery - Take over aspects of the core Ru0026D strategy for discovery in service of meeting our KPI goals for the critical path of our first product, Beta-lactoglobulin – to meet or exceed the KPIs as laid out by strategic partner ADM and manufacturing goals for 2020-2025. Principally direct the prioritization of the Ru0026D Discovery platform, leading the Strain Engineering, Strain Screening, Strain Physiology, and Analytics Departments, to focus on creating long term solutions directly addressing the critical path, to successfully achieve the KPI goals for the production of high quality Beta-lactoglobulin over the next five years.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eBuild Strain Physiology – create a systems based approach to improving the physiological understanding of the host production organism, (i.e.. metabolomics, proteomics, genomics,) to prioritize innovative designs for meeting project timelines; integrating that understanding into strain design principles in a robust manner; and work hand in hand with team leads across the organization to communicate understanding, design principles, planning and execution in a manner that is focused and in alignment with company strategy.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eReport to CTO - Serve on the ELT, may be asked to report to BOD; strong participation in company strategy decisions with C-Level and influencers; See Org Chart and Peer Structure belowu003c/liu003eu003cliu003eStrong Influencer company-wide-strategyu003c/liu003eu003cliu003eo   Work closely with our team leads to support cross functional teams in alignment with company strategy; influencing Fermentation process and prioritization, providing a vision for Data Engineering and Data Sciences, and the larger Data Driven Decision Making Matrixu003c/liu003eu003cliu003eo   A key focus of the role is to provide strong technical leadership coupled with equally effective project management skills.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eo   This person will keep abreast of and influence technology trends, standards, and stakeholders which will further enhance adoption and market share of PD's solutions,u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eo   Work in tandem with the other members of the executive team as well as the marketing team to further define our intellectual property, trade secret, technology platform, and product strategies and deliver against it.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eo   This person will have the ability to bridge technology with business acumen, will bring experience in developing industry leading products, and will develop and sustain a culture of passion, hard-work, and innovation that will make PD the place to be for anyone interested in developing global solutions for our immediate and long term future.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003e This person will be responsible for the recruitment of top tear world class talent. and create the proper organizational structure to drive high performing development teams to deliver these solutions to the market with relentless execution.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eCulturally - Align with our core values, vision, and mission; work hard to maintain an open-mindset culture that is driven by a healthy balance of our company strategy and data driven decisionsu003c/liu003eu003cliu003eUp to 10% travel may be expected at times to meet with internal and external partners, CROs, CMOs, etc.., for strategic alignment, license negotiations, and reporting updates.u003c/liu003eu003c/ulu003eu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eQUALIFICATIONSu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003eu003culu003eu003cliu003ePhD in related field is highly preferred.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eAt least 10 years professional experience. Industrial experience is a must. Experience leading seminal discovery programs, academic and industrial, in a wide variety of disciplines is required.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eExperience in the direct utilization of strain physiology for the prioritization of strain engineering strategy is ideal, building scientific and engineering programs from the ground up is very good,u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eStrong track record of success in synthetic biology required, with strong experience in the production of proteins using filamentous fungi strongly preferred; experience with a variety of other microbial systems is a plusu003c/liu003eu003cliu003eExperience and appreciation for scale-up challenges associated with synthetic biology and product delivery through manufacturing is a big plus.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eFirst-hand Analytics experience is required, strain metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, genomics, and other related experience is required, analytical chemistry of protein quality and quantitation is a big plus.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eHave an end-to-end understanding of Project Management.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eAbility to deliver multiple complex projects simultaneously with strong attention to detail.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eExecutive level interpersonal, project management, writing, communication and problem-solving skills. Prior experience reporting to Senior Management or Board of Directors is a plus.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003ePrior success handling / executing multiple high impact, fast paced/collaborative projects.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eAn outstanding problem solver who is solution-oriented and has a genuine interest in helping.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eComfortable with operating in a fast-paced environment and dealing with ambiguity. Proactive and resourceful.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eDemonstrated leadership and collaboration skills and ability to form effective partnerships with cross-functional, sometimes remote teams.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eStrong analytical and strategic thinking skills.u003c/liu003eu003cliu003e  Ability to travel up to 10%.u003c/liu003eu003c/ulu003e

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