Manager, Lab Operations

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 Manager, Lab Operations

 Voyager Therapeutics is a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing life-changing treatments for severe diseases of the central nervous system. Voyager is committed to advancing the field of AAV (adeno-associated virus) gene therapy through innovation and investment in vector engineering and optimization, manufacturing and dosing and delivery techniques. The company’s pipeline is focused on severe CNS diseases in need of effective new therapies, including advanced Parkinson’s disease, a monogenic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Friedreich’s ataxia, Huntington’s disease and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Voyager has broad strategic collaborations with Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care global business unit of Sanofi, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Our founders include scientific and clinical leaders in the fields of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy, expressed RNA interference and neuroscience. Our management team has deep expertise and a track record of building exceptional life science companies.

 Voyager is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Manager, Lab Operations to provide support functions to ensure a smooth progression of our research programs and scientific staff at multiple locations in Cambridge. The primary responsibilities require a high level of customer service, while delivering strategic and tactical execution of lab operations. The ideal candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to scientific staff support, purchasing & inventory management, equipment/maintenance, metrology and vendor management. The successful candidate will embrace change, innovation and initiate process improvements by creating sustainable, value – add propositions.

Responsibilities: 

  • Demonstrated experience establishing/negotiating and managing/supervising effective relationships with range of external vendors and service providers, including on-site contract personnel
  • Manage/oversee the maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment, including daily upkeep, routine quality control and troubleshooting, and scheduling of preventive maintenance
  • Serve as the primary contact for equipment maintenance/repair and all purchasing activities for Capital expenses, consumable orders and ample stock of lab reagents
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement projects.
  • Partner with EHS to ensure safe working environment for all scientific staff
  • Develop and maintain accurate and user-friendly inventory management program
  • Work with Finance to track and manage capital assets
  • Assist internal and external audits and inspections
  • Lead management of alarm systems, including restoration and routine checks
  • Manage storage and pick up for all lab waste
  • Establish and document industry best practices, negotiate schedules and contracts to maximize efficiencies
  • Coordinate daily/weekly shipping/receiving activities to include BL2 samples
  • Collaborate effectively with peers, stakeholders and partners across the organization to positively impact business results

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree highly preferred
  • A minimum of 5 – 8 years of experience either in an academic or industry setting; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Experience interacting with various regulatory agencies
  • Proficiency with computer-based data management and Microsoft Office is required. Knowledge of LIMS, CMMS, BioProcure, Oracle systems a plus
  • IATA Shipping Certifications and/or Wastewater Treatment Grade 2 license a plus

Additional Skills:

  • Outstanding customer service and attention to detail is required
  • Ability to see tasks through to completion, deliver successful results, and instill confidence across the organization is vital
  • Excellent organization, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well within a fast-paced environment across multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong multi-tasking and sound time management skills
  • Live Voyager’s core values of Passion, Pioneering, Integrity and Collaboration in every aspect of his/her work life