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Manager- Formulation Manufacturing Engineering and Technology

Company: Provivi Inc.
Location: Santa Monica
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Job Description:

Provivi Overview:

Provivi is a California-based, globally operating AgTech company using pheromones to protect crops from major damaging insects. Our patented production method enables a step-change in the cost of manufacturing pheromones, allowing us to pioneer the use of this proven tool in high-acreage crops such as corn, rice, and soy.

Founded in 2013 by Nobel laureate Frances Arnold and Caltech scholars Pedro Coelho and Peter Meinhold, we are hiring the very best and brightest people to develop and commercialize our products.

Role Description:

Reporting to the VP of Operations, the Manager will be responsible for developing and executing Provivis commercial pheromone formulation strategy. He/she will transfer Provivis formulation technologies from R&D to commercial scale processes utilizing contract manufacturing organizations. He/she will review, select and closely manage these CMOs ensuring on-time and in-spec delivery to customers globally. The individual will also participate in long-term manufacturing strategy development.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Ensures companys production goals are delivered consistently with high standards for quality, on-time performance, costs, and safety.
  • Translates the companys R&D technologies to successful commercial production in contract manufacturing organizations.
  • Uses advanced project management skills to identify, prioritize scale-up and production, mitigate project risks, and communicate project status to key stakeholders and senior management,
  • Translate the companys formulation technologies, based on R&D findings and prior pilot plant operations, into a commercial operation utilizing toll manufacturing organizations.
  • Defines expected operational performance based on the companys techno-economic models.
  • Defines product and process specifications in collaboration with R&D, Quality Assurance and Regulatory.
  • Effectively manages current and future contract manufacturing operations.
  • In collaboration with the Supply Chain team, develop a comprehensive strategy for robust, uninterrupted supply of inputs, as well as product logistics, implement appropriate and prudent buffers and redundancies.
  • Ensures world-class safety and environmental performance
  • Drives a culture of operational excellence, data-driven decisions, and continuous improvement that enables the Company to advance efficiently to a position of global leadership.
  • Works collaboratively with R&D and Marketing to define roadmaps for scaling initial product as well as future products
  • This position must be hands-on and directly engaged with all levels of staff to drive culture, methods, systems, and outcomes.

    Qualifications & Skills Include:
    • 10+ years relevant industrial experience, preferably in a regulated product environment.
    • BS degree or higher in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, packaging, chemistry, materials science, or related discipline.
    • Experience individually or as part of a team in producing chemical formulations (preferably ag formulations) via contract manufacturing organizations.
    • Experience developing, communicating, and implementing technical transfer packages, quality systems, cleaning validation. Works with Provivi and CMO QC / QA to ensure formulated agricultural pesticide product quality and safety.
    • Experience with analytical method transfer from R&D to manufacturing
    • Strong problem solving and communication skills, strong team player.
    • Flexibility to work outside of defined position roles to meet the needs of a startup environment. Demonstrated prioritization, organization, attention to detail, and multi-tasking skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to recruit, build, and lead top engineering talent and teams
    • Well-versed in world-class engineering, productivity, and quality methodologies and success in establishing these methodologies from a clean slate.
    • Strong track record of working collaboratively with other company functional leaders, particularly R&D and marketing.
    • Significant hands-on experience in core chemical process engineering is a plus.
    • Domestic and International travel of up to 50% of the time.

      Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

      Provivi is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status, or any other legally-protected factors.

      Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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Keywords: Provivi Inc., Santa Monica , Manager- Formulation Manufacturing Engineering and Technology, IT / Software / Systems , Santa Monica, California

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