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Process Development - Team Lead Fermentation

Date: May 14, 2022

Location: Palo Alto, California, US, 94304

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description

It’s an exciting time to be part of the IFF family. We are a global leader in taste, scent, and nutrition, offering our customers a wide range of science-based solutions. IFF Palo Alto CA (formerly Danisco, Genencor Technology and Innovation Center) is looking for a dedicated and passionate individual to join our Process Development team.  In this role, you will be working in upstream processing in our state-of-the-art R&D Laboratories and Pilot Plant Facility. You will be part of a team responsible for the fast-paced and hands-on development of biological production processes across all stages of process development: from discovery, scale-up to pilot production, and technology transfer to manufacturing plants.    

Specific duties include:
•    Hands on implementation of upstream processes such as prepping bioreactors, sterilizing media, and aseptic sampling
•    Coaching and developing direct reports and other Process Technicians
•    Ability to apply scientific principles to solve operations and routine production tasks
•    Work collaboratively with process technicians, development engineers, research scientists, and global supply teams to resolve technical challenges.
•    Scheduling and planning of various process activities. Ensures equipment and the work area is available for use.
•    Accountable for delivery on time on committed activities within the Team
•    Attending and/or hosting departmental meetings
•    Resolving personnel issues and workplace conflicts
•    Troubleshooting, problem solving and administratively tracking operational and/or performance issues
•    Responsible for the training and development of the Team
•    Other- leading improvement activities, helping with hiring of staff
•    Guaranteeing the appropriate handover of information between teams and shifts
•    Define the workload and justify by numbers if additional resources are required
•    Perform other duties, as assigned. Includes equipment commissioning and PSSR participation
•    Providing continuous improvement and innovation to the lab processes

Job Requirements

•    Training: 4 to 6 years experience in upstream (fermentation/bioreactor) OR Biotech field
•    1 or more years leadership experience such as team or project management, a benefit
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills 
•    Team player
•    Self-starter with good organizational skills
•    Strong planning, prioritization, and scheduling skills. Organized.
•    Ability to problem solve
•    Ability to communicate in both written and verbal format.
•    Documentation skills including: review and establishing batch production records, SOPs, deviation and summary reports

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto