Head of Production Engineering – DNA Synthesis

Ribbon Biolabs
Full Time
Vienna, Austria

We are a company with ambitious growth plans, currently seeking to expand our team with an experienced Head of Process Engineering – DNA Synthesis (m/f/d) responsible for all operational procedures from receiving supplies to product distribution to our customers. Our DNA synthesis platform is a uniquely designed automated system with capabilities of assembling DNA molecules and we seek to fill this position to transition to a commercial stage. This role will crucially contribute to Ribbon Biolabs’ commercial success.

Your everyday challenge in Ribbon Biolabs will be:  

  • Effectively implement processes and procedures to enable a high-quality production, packaging and distribution service of our DNA products
  • Design scheduling and plans for ramping-up the production based on our existing automated DNA assembly systems
  • Manage and supervise production personnel in coordination with internal teams,  suppliers and customers to ensure integrity and efficiency of production operations
  • Spearhead development and implementation of innovative manufacturing processes and schedules to ensure sustainable efficiency and success of production activities
  • Develop, activate and track high quality standards and associated KPIs for successful production operations, including manufacturing, supply chain, and distribution
  • Liaise with the Head of QM throughout implementation of production processes to ensure alignment with quality procedures and standards
  • Liaise with the Head of QM to design and implement up and downstream processes required for the seamless and reliable production of DNA
  • Jointly with the Facility Manager ensure functioning production site operations, including infrastructure and CapEx maintenance, repairs, supply chain and logistics
  • Take ownership in manufacturing policies, guidelines and associated documentation
  • Lead operational excellence for production in Vienna, in line with strategic goals, organisational culture and values towards commercial success milestones
  • Manage budgets and cost optimization activities in alignment with the Management
  • Manage and ensure Health & Safety at the production site workplace
  • Report to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

This will make you a perfect fit for our team:  

  • Successfully completed studies with economic-technical focus, e.g., in industrial – or mechanical engineering, business administration or similar.
  • Proven management experience and background in managing integrated, automated production facilities, ideally in a biotech, pharma, or chemical environment
  • Strong communication skills combined with leadership and conflict management skills
  • Independent, reliable, conscientious, and solution-oriented working style
  • Strong project management and organisational skills
  • Creativity and the ability to develop a flexible approach to dynamic conditions
  • Ability to work efficiently with an interdisciplinary team
  • Full fluency in written and spoken English

You impress us even more if you have:  

  • Expertise in translating business processes into technical workflows requirements
  • Track record of responsibility in Supply Chain and S&OP process planning
  • Business fluency in written and spoken German

What you can expect if you join our team:

  • Full health and social benefits according to Austrian Law
  • Opportunity to contribute to a young company in the growing synthetic biology market
  • Professional development support, trainings, workshops, conference attendance
  • Flexible working hours and partly remote working possibilities
  • Highly motivated team, including team activities
  • International and friendly atmosphere
  • Relocation support if necessary
  • The opportunity to grow with the company and to live in Vienna, which is repeatedly ranked by Mercer as the city with the highest quality of life in the world
  • Coffee, tea and snacks in the office

By Austrian law, we are obliged to specify the minimum salary level by a collective agreement, which is Euro 63.500, – to EUR 65.000, – gross per year. However, we offer a higher salary adjusted to your experience and qualifications.  

Job type:  Full-time (40 h per week).

Location: This role is for laboratory operations in our HQ, 1110 Vienna.

Availability:  We expect to fill the position as soon as possible.

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