Facilities Manager

Facilities Manager
Cambridge, UK

bit.bio is an award-winning spinout from the University of Cambridge. Our breakthrough technology combines synthetic and stem cell biology for the precise, efficient and consistent reprogramming of human cells used in research, drug discovery, and cell therapy. At bit.bio, we are passionate about engineering human cells that will enable the medicine of the future. To do this we need talented and curious people who want to make an impact on the future of science and therapeutics.

As a team of individuals, we value science, collaboration, openness, curiosity and creativity. We are united by trust and respect for each other.

Facilities Manager
Location: Babraham Research Park, Cambridge

Type: Full time, permanent

Start: Immediate

Salary: Competitive / Hours: 40 p/w

Cambridge Based Position

Your role in our team:

We are seeking an experienced Facilities Manager to join our Operations team reporting into the VP of Operations. This hands on role is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of the day-to-day operational activities within bit.bio. Utilising best practice methodologies, the post holder will manage internal and external service providers - including facility and equipment maintenance, servicing and onboarding. Promoting organisational health & safety practises to ensure the delivery of high-quality service will be a major facet of this role. Working closely with internal and external stakeholders including and not limited to lab-based functions, Health, Safety & Environment, Quality, Logistics and Operations. Ensure cross functional solutions and provision of an agile and business responsive service.

Your key responsibilities will include:

Lead the sourcing of suppliers and scheduling of maintenance orders, ensuring all service requests are completed on time. Manage, maintain and review the bit.bio asset/equipment list, service contracts, warranties and routine maintenance.
Take a lead role in determining the specifications and requirements for new laboratory equipment and capital infrastructure, including but not limited to; sourcing, installation, maintenance and delivery.
Be responsible for ensuring that the facilities standard operating procedures, risk assessments & COSHH documentation are up to date and relevant, where appropriate. Ensure the department is compliant with current health and safety legislation.
Lead in and be a major point of contact for coordinating the activities of several internal teams that support day to day laboratory functions. Working across multiple groups and stakeholders, provide a coherent and cohesive laboratory support service, ensuring best practices are upheld. Develop a strong 'esprit de corps', an agile and flexible framework, provide positive solutions and outcomes.
Lead in and be a major point of contact for coordinating the activities of several external parties, which may include buildings management services, outside contractors and ad-hoc agents - provide regulatory compliance, SOPs, protocols, and documentation.
Establish and manage an on-call rota in response to an emergency situation during out of hours responding to critical alarms and restore facility operations to a safe and reliable state. Be responsible for ensuring practices are in place to ensure business continuity.
Promote a proactive culture, seek continual improvement, maintain systems and services at a high standard through coaching and mentoring junior members of the team, providing technical and managerial support, horizon scanning and troubleshooting.

Have extensive experience in facilities or laboratory management and coordination, preferably in a scientific or regulated environment.
Are process oriented and experienced in developing, optimising & implementing workflows, protocols, procedures and resources.
Have demonstrable experience in developing and leading a high-performing cross functional team.
Are a driven, proactive team player.
Are persuasive and have a proven ability to influence strategic thinking and immediate actions.
Are a problem solver.
With essential experience in…

Working knowledge of equipment calibration and maintenance, including commissioning, test standards, troubleshooting and repairs.
Working in a scientific / regulated environment.
Having a customer focused mindset with strong interpersonal skills.
Having leadership skills and team management, maintaining good relationships with internal & external stakeholder.
Excellent time management, organisational and communication skills.
…and possibly…

Working knowledge of occupational H&S regulations and practices in the UK (HSG65, Fire Regulations etc.).
Hold a NEBOSH / IOSH qualification.
Working with a quality or integrated management system.
More reasons to join us:

bit.bio provides a vibrant and dynamic work environment in an exciting, fast-moving time for biology. We work with cutting edge technologies and with our world-leading scientific advisory board. We conduct pioneering work with real-world impact.

We trust our people to make significant contributions early on with opportunities to be involved in projects that are key to the success and growth of our young company. We invest in people, creating opportunities for personal development in an inclusive multi-skilled team with ambitious goals that provide opportunities to learn on the job from each other.

Creativity and open minds are encouraged for everyone to contribute to the success of the company.

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Application Instructions: 
Application Closing Date: 
29 May 2022