Facilities Operations & Engineering

Vice President, Facilities and Engineering

ArsenalBio, a privately held, clinical-stage programmable cell therapy company engineering advanced CAR T therapies for solid tumors, is seeking a talented Vice President, Facilities and Engineering to work on-site at our Hayward and South San Francisco offices. 

ArsenalBio’s mission is to develop efficacious and safe cellular therapies for patients with chronic
diseases, initially cancer. With our programmable and computationally driven approach, our team is engineering living medicines to attack cancer’s inherent multi-faceted nature and overcome the challenges of addressing solid tumors with cell therapy.

Driven by a collective of diverse experts across immunology, synthetic biology, molecular biology, automation and computational biology, we are united in purpose to deliver radical breakthroughs for people with cancer, and prioritize the team’s outcomes over individual goals to achieve our company mission – together. 

To support our anticipated growth, we are seeking a Vice President, Facilities & Engineering Operations.  This role will be a key contributing leader and team member of a cutting-edge startup that develops cell therapies to meet unmet medical needs, always with our patients in mind. This position will report to the Chief Tech Ops Officer and be responsible for building and leading our workplace strategies and managing the Arsenal Capital Project Portfolio. This senior leader will provide overall technical expertise and leadership to develop and implement the facilities, maintenance, calibration & validation strategies for Arsenal’s R&D labs, GMP & clinical manufacturing, warehouses and offices. This individual will provide strategic planning for all aspects of our facility and real estate operations including our future space requirements and providing solutions that are appropriate for the anticipated growth of our physical plant.  

This position is accountable for establishing, maintaining, and continuously improving a highly effective engineering, validation, maintenance, Metrology and Facilities workforce, driving activity to achieve the desired departmental, site, and company outcomes, and ensuring the highest standards of workplace safety and product quality are adhered to. The scope will include Capital Project Management, Engineering Disciplines (Automation, Process, Project, Plant/Facilities), Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities (Lab support, Maintenance, Metrology, 24X7 shift operations) Real Estate, Security, and Workplace Planning, Design & Strategy.  This leader will possess strong collaboration and communication skills to work effectively with key stakeholders across all functional areas.

What You Will Do:

  • Develop, lead and implement a strategy for facilities including service levels, selection of service providers, processes, tools or automation / digital evolution
  • Develop workspace strategic plan by estimating, forecasting, and anticipating requirements, trends, and variances for growth and expansion; develop and maintain facilities operating and capital budgets, including vendor selection, contract negotiation and oversight
  • Oversee the physical security and corporate EHS functions, including compliance with safety and environmental regulations imposed by regional and local regulatory agencies such as Cal OSHA. Manage the EH&S following industry best practices.
  • Lead the company-wide energy & sustainability agenda as it relates to facilities such as becoming carbon neutral, reducing waste, and sustainability; this also includes developing and integrating ESG practices in the workplace 
  • Serve as Project Director for facility construction such as greenfield builds, & major renovations including interactions with developers, brokers, architects, general contractors and defining project requirements, negotiating contracts together with procurement, and establish operating budgets
  • Develop standards and metrics for the Maintenance, Metrology & Reliability functions
  • Provide GMP facilities oversight experience and expertise that includes a foundational technical understanding of GMP-compliant facility needs and requirements, and decision-making skills, and strong coordination, collaboration, and communication skills to work effectively with contractors and support internal customers.
  • Provide expertise in FDA cGMP regulations and requirements for manufacturing-facility utilities that includes understanding of cGMP compliance within controlled spaces.
  • Implement and monitor short and long range facility management business plans and budget ensuring that key metrics are defined and achieved. Include development plans to enhance employee satisfaction and operational goals. 
  • Responsible or overall facilities budget and costs including long range planning and annual operating plan development.  Support establishment of company wide and accountable for individual function of business continuity planning
  • Ensure appropriate lab support including monitoring and directing the purchase, installationand maintenance of equipment while managing facility infrastructure requirements.
  • Ensure company compliance with building codes and applicable local rules, regulations and laws.
  • Ensure routine maintenance and repairs including support for our labs, offices and common areas.
  • Coach, mentor and develop reporting teams.
  • What Will You Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or advanced degree in related field; Engineering degree is preferred
  • Minimum 15+ years in of progressive leadership experience in Biotech/Pharmaceuticals with a focus on Engineering, Facilities Management, cGxP design and construction; Cell therapy experience is a plus
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a management position in a dynamic, rapidly growing company in the life-science industry
  • PE and PMP certification are preferred.
  • Deep experience in GMP facilities management, G&A or R&D facility support, construction project management, vendor and supplier selection and management, negotiation, and facilities systems, e.g., HVAC, electrical, plumbing and security. 
  • Broad experience with Employee Health and Safety, Security and Risk Management
  • Leadership experience in team management and ability to “zoom in and zoom out” - skilled at being both hands-on and strategic
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management skills with a track record for working collaboratively across the organization
  • Highly customer-oriented dealing varied customer base with impeccable integrity and judgment and transparency.  Able to align expectations across different functions
  • Ability to think critically, take initiative, structure and communicate information effectively in both written and oral forms, including executive presentations, are critical, as is enjoying working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability for routine on-site presence at ArsenalBio locations
  • What We Will Offer You: 
    An opportunity to work with the best talent in the field of cell therapy, and be part of ONE TEAM to advance therapies to patients who need it most.

    ArsenalBio has a generous and comprehensive benefits package that includes but is not limited to medical, dental, and vision as well as mental health resources, virtual and telehealth options, coaching, infertility treatment, parental leave and health savings accounts. We also offer flexible work schedules and flexible time off, which includes two extra “Arsenal Days of Rest” every quarter for employees to recharge. 

    We have a robust mentorship program, and comprehensive development tools to help employees take control of their career paths and grow into their best selves. ArsenalBio believes in investing in the well-being of our employees - both at work and at home, as they are our greatest asset. They bring scientific talents in molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, protein chemistry, computational biology, automation, genome engineering, software and other fields to make the future happen now.

    ArsenalBio prioritizes the providing of a safe and healthy workplace that is consistent with COVID-19 public health guidance and legal requirements.  In order to protect our employees and visitors, we require all visitors (candidates) and employees to present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when coming onsite.

    We are committed to hiring the best talent from diverse backgrounds. A diverse workforce engenders richness of thought, creativity and discovery. We invite individuals who embrace intellectual achievement to bring their unique personal and professional journeys and together we will build transformative cell therapies for cancer patients.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
    The estimated base salary offer for the preferred primary location of San Francisco Bay area ranges from $269,400 to $330,000. 
    Salary ranges for other locations may vary from this range.   Base pay offered may vary depending on job related knowledge, experience, education, and location.  In addition to these factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity of our current employees as part of any final offer.

    To all recruitment agencies: ArsenalBio does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, or ArsenalBio employees. ArsenalBio is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


    ArsenalBio was formed by its investors and scientific founders to discover, develop and commercialize curative and safe cellular therapies for patients with life threatening diseases, initially cancer.

    We believe the most productive and secure route to achieving this goal is to build scaled platforms of technologies challenged with scientific questions to yield informative data from hypothesis driven, well controlled experiments. These data will inform the design of ambitious, best-in-class, lead compositions. Our leads will be rigorously evaluated and honed until we are convinced our matured leads, called development candidates, can be prepared for testing in needy, and vulnerable patients.

    Our products will be designed to speed the transition of cell therapy from hospital-based to outpatient treatments, increasing access to more patients at lower cost to patients, health systems, and insurers.

    To achieve this mission, we are building diverse teams of talented, curious, and caring individuals who believe in our mission and our vision to be sustainable in our business plan, our work habits, and our personal lives.

    Our values create: a foundation for mutual respect, an engaging harmony from many voices, and unselfish behavior to aid our colleagues.

    This is ArsenalBio.
    This is our Company.

    Ken Drazan, MD
    Founding CEO


    Best in Class Health & Wellness Plans

    Flexible Office Hours

    Paid Parental Leave

    Healthy Kitchen Snacks

    Daily Catered Lunches

    Free Onsite Fitness Center

    Unlimited Vacation Days

    Generous compensation and equity packages

    Commuter Benefits

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