Business Operations Specialist

Plato BioPharma, Inc (PBI), a growing pre-clinical contract research organization (CRO) supporting the pre-clinical research needs of the pharmaceutical and biopharma sectors, is seeking a Business Operations Specialist. This exciting position will have the right candidate develop, perform, lead and administer a variety of tasks in the Facilities Management, Logistics, and Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) functional areas for a research laboratory environment.  The Business Operations Specialist will require a high degree of internal customer service, precision communication, detail orientation and a range of knowledge and experience in small business & scientific operations.

 Job Summary and Essential Functions:

Facilities Management

  • Responsible for building operations, maintenance and all that relates to scheduling of regular facility maintenance activities and repairs.
  • Familiar with and responsible for HVAC system operation, controls and monitoring – temperature & humidity controls, electricity, water and maintenance of equipment; and generators in an emergency.
  • Familiar with clean room design and environmental control
  • Evaluates, hires and directs contracted service providers associated with facility maintenance and operations.
  • Develops policies and procedures for the use of supplies and facilities.

Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) Administration

  • Develop and execute implementation of EH&S policies, procedures, programs, and all federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Develop effective communication process to make EH&S priorities and performance visible. This will include and it is not limited to; consistently coaching to be a visible leader on all aspects of EH&S such as accident prevention, safe work practices and environmental compliance.
  • Coordinates/facilitates EH&S training requirements including; developing training curriculum, providing training, tracking training, organizing training sessions.
  • Develops and administrates Facility and Lab Safety Program, Occupation Health Program, Work Accident and OSHA Reporting

Asset Management & Maintenance

  • Develop and execute implementation of an asset management system
  • Maintains, schedules and tracks all necessary research equipment maintenance
  • Directs the schedule/work of maintenance techs of various kinds who maintain equipment

Logistics, Shipping & Receiving

  • Performs all shipping/receiving and logistics activities
  • Packages and prepares items for shipping per SOPs including dangerous goods and temperature controlled shipments
  • Works with various regulatory agencies to acquires all necessary permits and licenses for import and export of various items
  • Carries & answer intercom for deliveries, confirms and records the receipt of shipments

What we’re looking for:

  • The right candidate will bring experience in facilities management and/or EH&S and have the desire to learn remaining responsibilities through training and education
  • Demonstrated ability to both execute processes already implemented and help to develop new processes as assigned
  • Experience working in and understanding the multifaceted needs of a small business
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment is essential
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines for assigned tasks and projects
  • Must have strong organizational, planning and time-management skills
  • Exercises independent judgment in developing and standardizing operating procedures.
  • Commitment to safety and the humane treatment of laboratory animals is required

 What we offer:

  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Eligible for bonuses and pay increases dependent on personal and company performance
  • Personal growth opportunities through on the job experiences in a small growing business

 Working Conditions:

  • Varies from typical office environment to a laboratory setting with direct exposure to/handling of laboratory animals
  • Non-standard hours and weekend work occasionally required
  • At times, may work with potentially hazardous substances
  • At times, work will require PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks quickly and efficiently
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to perform all physical aspects required of position including periodic lifting items up to 40 lbs. and moving racks or large items on wheels

 Minimum Education / Experience Requirements:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of professional experience
  • Functional expertise in either Facilities Management and/or EH&S preferred
  • Familiarity with lab research facilities and environments including controlled access areas, clean rooms and animal holding rooms preferred
  • Experience with pharmaceutical research and development highly desirable
  • Demonstrated new process development, refinement, implementation and administration
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook

 Job Type:

Exempt full-time 40+ hours a week

Qualified candidates interested in the position should send your resume and cover letter connecting your experience to the job requirements to careers@platobiopharma.com. Position title, level and compensation commensurate with experience. No phone calls and no recruiters, please