Director of Manufacturing

Redwood City, California, United States Full-time

Synthego is looking for a Director of Manufacturing to join our team and help create the world’s first fully automated cloud-enabled molecular biology lab.

This position will own numerous projects, help build the tools and systems to enable industrial-scale molecular biology research, and bring automation to genome engineering.




  • Plan and monitor the day-to-day running of manufacturing operations  to ensure smooth progress
  • Review manufacturing KPIs and financial information. Adjust operational budgets to promote profitability and KPI achievement
  • Evaluate overall performance by gathering, analyzing and interpreting data and metrics
  • Ensure that the company runs with legality and conformity to established regulations
  • Track and coordinate project milestones related to raw materials, equipment readiness, analytical testing, process information, and manufacturing documents to initiate and complete batches per the production schedule
  • Investigate, identify root cause, and identify CAPA for manufacturing deviations
  • Assist in equipment selection, qualification, and start up activities. Work with Manufacturing to ensure robust procedures are utilized for operation of equipment
  • Manage external vendors to ensure delivery of raw materials, equipment, or services; on time and within budget
  • Revise and/or formulate policies and promote their implementation
  • Maintain a safe and clean 24/7 facility
  • Supervise all facility operations. You will be held accountable for scheduling and execution of all development and production of orders and product




  • Possesses a startup mentality where the dynamics in manufacturing are leveraged
  • Proven track record of leading and managing manufacturing personnel
  • Knowledge of data management tools,  statistical process control performance/operation metrics
  • Deep experience with various MRP and ERP systems
  • Solid understanding of ISO or GMP regulations




  • Biochemical engineer, Chemical engineer, or Biochemistry background. Ph.D. with 6+ years experience or MS/BS with 12+ years experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company
  • Proven experience as Director of Operations or equivalent position
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ISO and/or cGMPs experience


Company Perks & Benefits


  • Competitive salary 
  • Generous equity at an early stage company
  • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401k Plan
  • Fully stocked kitchen and snacks
  • Free catered lunches and dinners




Synthego is turning molecular biology into an information science. We're building hardware facilities that abstract biological syntheses and research into software.

Our vision is to bring automation to genome engineering, enabling scientists to run their own fully-automated laboratory at low cost, performing millions of controlled, repeatable experiments per day without human error.

Founded by former SpaceX engineers, Synthego is a leading provider of genome engineering solutions.  The company’s flagship product, CRISPRevolution, is a portfolio of synthetic RNA designed for CRISPR genome editing and research.

We are venture backed by Founders Fund, Menlo Ventures, 8VC, and WI Harper.


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