Director of Scientific Operations

Location UK, East Anglia
Salary Competitive Base + bonus + share options


Director of Operations

Location: Cambridge

Contract: Full-time and permanent (Monday to Friday)

Sector: Biotechnology

Salary: Generous base salary, with benefits, bonus and share options.

Reporting to: C-suite


Our client is an innovative biotechnology company based outside of the centre of Cambridge. They are experts in gene synthesis, with a novel enzymatic method to ensure cheaper, faster and more accurate DNA / RNA constructs than traditional plasmid-based methods. In a key phase of their development, our client is looking for an experienced Director of Operations to oversee their planned expansion of their manufacturing and commercial operations. This represents a great opportunity for an individual to make a large impact on an innovate area of biotechnology.


The Opportunity

As their Director of Operations, you will be responsible for general oversight of the GMP DNA manufacturing operations, logistics + supply chain, facilities management, ESG and EHS.

This is a senior opportunity for a highly experienced individual who has a proven record of leading operations within a biological/pharmaceutical GMP environment. As their Director of Operations, you will be responsible for:

  • The ownership and expansion of an operations team for a GMP grade DNA manufacturing facility.
  • Overseeing all facility maintenance and compliance (GMP / GDP etc) across multiple sites
  • Overseeing compliance and ensuring Health and Safety (EHS) and ESG requirements are met across multiple sites
  • Act as a source of motivation for teams and getting involved in the expansion of the team where appropriate.
  • Monitor operational performance through reports and collection of data for key metrics.
  • Cross-communication with all other departments within the business, including R&D, MSAT, regulatory and quality.
  • Leading projects to improve business / operational processes.


Skills and Experience Needed

The ideal candidate will have the following:


  • Extensive experience of managing operations of a pharmaceutical / biological manufacturing setting (essential)
  • Experience of managing operations within a CDMO environment (desirable)
  • Previous experience managing cleanroom facilities (Grade A-D / ISO 5,6,7,8) (essential)
  • Strong cGMP understanding and experience working in a GMP accredited facility (essential)
  • Oversight and management of operational budgets (essential)
  • Understanding of the regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical products according to MHRA, EMA or FDA. (essential)
  • Leading and completion of operational related projects (essential)
  • Prior leadership / team leadership experience within a biotech or pharmaceutical setting (essential)
  • Experience in auditing and regulatory inspection (essential)
  • Expertise in GMP grade quality management systems (QMS) and processes like change control, equipment validation + commissionsing, qualification etc (essential)
  • Lean Six Sigma experience (desired)


The Package

As an up-and-coming Cambridge Biotech, our client is able to offer a competitive salary and benefits package including private pension and private health insurance.


To Apply

If you would like to apply to this opportunity, please send a copy of your CV to Charlie Cox at – alternatively, please call Charlie on 07903 204577.

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