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Process Development Team Leader

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Palo Alto, CA, US

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, nutrition, and biosciences 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 a Team Lead role.  In this role, you will be working in our state-of-the-art R&D Process 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.  


Specific duties include:


  • Hands on implementation of fermentation processes such as prepping, operating and turn over of bioreactors, sterilizing media, and aseptic sampling
  • 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.
  • Responsible for leading a team of technicians including, coaching and developing direct reports and other Process Technicians
  • Scheduling and planning of various process activities to meet experimental requirements. 
  • 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
  • Lead improvement activities, 
  • Facilitating the handover of information between teams and shifts
  • Recruiting and hiring of staff based on workload justification. 
  • Perform other duties, as assigned. Includes equipment commissioning and PSSR participation
  • Providing continuous improvement and innovation to the lab processes


Job Requirements


  • 4 to 6 years experience in fermentation/bioreactor OR process biotech related 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 clearly communicate in both written and verbal format.
  • Documentation skills including: review and establishing batch production records, SOPs, deviation and summary reports


Compensation ($82,320 - 92,610) is based on a variety of factors including but not limited to work experience, skills, certifications, and location.



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