Senior Director of Laboratory services

Location: Alameda, CA
Department: Azzur Labs, LLC

Job Description

Azzur Labs is seeking a Sr Director Lab for the San Francisco location. This person will be responsible for the overall business results of the laboratory and service area. Core responsibilities include sourcing and winning new business, attracting and retaining people, managing finances and operations, and assuring compliance with governing agencies and client specifications. Applicants should have a broad diversity of experiences in biotech and pharmaceutical laboratory management.


  • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan with the key functional leaders, including target market, technology acquisition, competitive landscape, client acquisition, and business development initiatives for advanced therapies such as Cell and gene therapy, RNA therapeutics, etc.
  • Develop forecasting, trends, revenue modeling, and financial risk analysis of business opportunities in the cell and gene therapy industry
  • Communicate vision and strategic plan to key stakeholders.
  • Establish clear milestones, organize teams to support the revenue pipeline, and assist with client acquisition.
  • Work with key functional leaders to complete the opportunity assessment, due diligence, valuation, negotiating strategy, deal structure, and negotiations for key initiatives.
  • Develop and manage a robust pipeline of deals and partnerships. Comprehensive business and financial assessment of new technologies 
  • Build analytical models and perform financial analyses, comprehensively value opportunities, provide clear explanations, and make well-founded recommendations to top management.
  • Support the attraction, hiring, development, and retention of skilled resources for the delivery of services
  • Manage and maintain revenue and profitability, as defined on an annual basis
  • Manage service execution by providing subject matter expertise, overseeing employee productivity and quality, and providing hands-on support, if needed

Required Work Experience:

  • Expert-level knowledge of CMC analytical and regulatory requirements, including the development of product specifications and comprehensive analytical characterization.
  • Significant experience in laboratory operations, including budgeting, capital expense procurement, and regulatory requirements.
  • 10+ years in a regulated laboratory environment in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or medical device industry.
  • 5+ years of experience in Plasmid Monitoring, vector integration, residuals, mycoplasma, in vitro assays for adventitious viruses, qPCR, PERT,
  • 3+ years in Replication competent virus assay for lentivirus, adenovirus, AAV, etc.
  • Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR)
    • PinnacleQ-PCR™ assay
    • AUC for empty/full capsid
    • Particulates
    • Vector identification by qPCR
    • NGS
    • ddPCR (genomic titer)

Preferred Experience:

  • Proven and established HLS network
  • Outstanding people skills
  • Prior sales/customer service experience.

Required Education:

  • BS degree in Engineering, Science, or equivalent technical degree

Preferred Education:

  •  MSc/MA/MBA


Fulltime Employment with Azzur can offer you:

  • Flexible PTO
  • Training and Development Opportunities
  • 401(k) match
  • Bonus Eligibility
  • Medical Benefits
  • Parental leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Company provided laptop

Who we are:

Azzur Group is dedicated to providing clients with efficient, innovative quality and compliance solutions from Discovery to Delivery™. With more than 500 industry partners, including 80% of the top pharma/biotech manufacturers in the U.S., Azzur Group provides carefully calibrated and efficiently executed project management, process engineering, and compliance services. As one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, Azzur Group provides clients with consulting, facility solutions, engineering, validation, IT, technical, training, COD, laboratory services, and solutions they need to remain innovative and competitive.

Azzur Group is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diverse cultures, ethnicities, gender, and ages in our workplace. We believe that promoting diversity plays an important role in developing top-quality talent, fostering greater innovation and creativity, and enhancing our relationships with customers and the communities in which we operate.


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