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Director of Upstream Process Development at Memphis Meats
Berkeley, CA, US

At the forefront of farming and food, Memphis Meats is innovating new ways to produce real meat, without the need to breed, feed and slaughter animals. Our process begins with an animal cell, which is cultivated and harvested as meat. Memphis Meats is a mission-driven company focused on bringing to meat lovers an authentic product that is truly humane, sustainably produced, nutritious and delicious! We are now expanding our team of dedicated professionals across disciplines to make better meat for a better world.

About this job

The Cell Line Development and R&D  Director is responsible for managing the CLD R&D organization. They are charged with overseeing cell line development , gene expression systems, and  cell line engineering technology development leading to the commercialization of cell-based meat. The role focuses on developing industry-driven cell line technology platforms and processes. The role will also have an emphasis on generating and securing IP for internal Memphis Meats technology platforms

Duties Include

        Direct and manage the daily functions of the technical team responsible for executing on R&D projects
        Understand the competencies required to drive the cell line development pipelines (products and intellectual property) within the scope of accountability, budget and timelines
        Cultivate a workforce with complementary strengths and backgrounds, taking a portfolio approach to talent management and recognizes employee development as a strategic business imperative
        Exercise and teach effective and concise, oral and written communication, independently and in a team environment
        Balance innovation and execution to create business value
        Develop project plans that are executed on time, meeting identified performance criteria and within the targeted budget(s) and resources
        Create an environment where initiative, risk-taking, success, failure and creativity are rewarded
        Develop and nurture internal and external relationships with key colleagues, collaborators and vendors
        Actively engage external scientists and customers in research collaborations where appropriate
        Maintain scientific scholarship through internal and external networking and frequent literature reviews
        Provide advisement and input on new technologies and capital investments required to maintain a leadership position in the cell-based meat industry
        Maintain compliance with our company safety and regulatory policies

About You

        PhD in Bioscience related field
        Minimum 10 years of experience and at least 5 yrs in leading a CLD or R&D organization in biopharma industry
        Strong knowledge and thorough understanding of cell line platform development in therapeutic drug or cell therapy programs
        High diversity of scientific skills and experience
        Excellent record of deadline management. Ability to drive projects to completion are essential
        Has broad network of established relationships in the biotechnology industry that creates opportunities for world-class responsiveness and innovative growth
        Excellent presentation skills and presence, excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent computer skills in word and excel
        Proven leader charged with hiring, training and developing employee talent
        Adept at developing strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders

Memphis Meats is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.