Senior Director, Operations

Location: Coralville, IA (52241)
Company: Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)
Industry: Manufacturing
Job Type: Full Time
Posted: 5 days ago

IDT is the leading manufacturer of custom oligonucleotides and proprietary technologies for genomics applications. Our work is complex and cutting-edge, and our team members are curious, creative thinkers who understand that good data drives smart decisions. At IDT, we realize that although science may be uniform, people are unique. We promote a culture where engaged people are motivated and have opportunities to achieve their full potential, as part of one global team.

IDT is proud to work alongside a community of nine fellow Danaher Life Sciences companies. Together, we're pioneering the future of science and medicine, developing products that enable researchers in the fight to save lives.

Job Title: Sr. Director Operations

Location: Coralville, IA

Purpose Statement:

Sr. Director Operations has key responsibility and oversight for functions of the Manufacturing and Materials Management departments. Responsible for the manufacture of cGMP clinical and commercial products, ensuring all products are within the appropriate level of compliance meeting client expectations and delivered on schedule and budget. This position has a direct contribution to the development of business and/or functional strategies and responsibility for managing multiple teams of professionals at the site. The Sr. Director Operations is to assure that the company stays on schedule, meeting the demand/revenue targets, and profitability measures that meet or exceed the goals set by executive management. The Sr. Director Operations must also ensure quality compliant, cost effective and collaborative operations of the manufacturing site.

You will be a part of the IDT leadership team and report to the operating company Sr. Vice President Global Operations.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with Manufacturing Directors to ensure the prioritization of production schedules based on project timelines, resource efficiency and materials supply.

  • Oversee, either directly or indirectly, Manufacturing and Materials Management investigations, CAPAs, process variances and deviations. Ensure that all Manufacturing and Materials Management owned change controls, CAPAs, and deviations are completed by the due date.

  • Responsible for maintaining a smooth flow of work between departments. Keeps priority on key metrics related to service levels, deviations/CAPA, other operational efficiencies, inventory/distribution metrics, capital/resource utilization and for resolving interdepartmental conflicts.

  • Build and maintain bridges between quality, operations and process development to ensure design concepts and specification requirements, best utilize equipment and manufacturing techniques and ensure product performance and regulatory requirements are translated to measurable and repeatable process outputs

  • Accountable for operation costs and budgets, efficiency, productivity, continuous improvements, all measured through various metrics including yields, throughput efficiencies, labor and materials.

  • Analyze costs and provide support for the pricing methodology to ensure profitability in product/project pricing of the various service programs.

  • Responsible for meeting production goals while maintaining quality standards, management of cost, quality, and delivery and driving sustained operational improvements and results that impact Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across the dimensions of Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost

  • Participate and/or lead in the planning and coordination of production changes, product line extensions, or new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions in material or production flow

  • Collaboratively lead with Process Development in transferring new products/processes to ensure seamless implementation of new product technology into clinical or commercial manufacturing through process engineering activities resulting in a well-defined and documented manufacturing processes.

  • Identify alternate raw materials with equivalent performance to optimize cost and/or supply efficiency. Develop relationships with, and communicate regularly, with raw material suppliers to discuss specifications, sourcing, and new product options; ensure and coordinate sustained supply of all raw materials and establish anticipated growth rates for all raw materials.

  • Assist in the development of validation plans and supervise the execution of validation/verification activities occurring in operations, including validation of process and instrument/equipment

  • Champion the Danaher Business System (DBS) tools and use internal and external DBS expertise to map improvement plans and drive sustainable improvements

  • Participate with Managers, Directors and Executives to establish strategic plans and objectives for Manufacturing and Materials Management

  • Ensure facility is maintained in a constant state of inspection readiness and compliant with the various regulatory agencies such as the FDA, EMA and compliance with EHS programs and practices, including that all staff are compliant with cGMP and all related elements such as facilities, documentation (SOPs and validation protocols etc.), training, reports and records.

  • Communicate operational status to senior management regularly and at the appropriate level of detail. Communications will be both written documents, and in formal and informal oral presentations.

  • Provide leadership and direction in representing the site during agency and client inspections and formulation of inspection responses.


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in Manufacturing operations in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical manufacturing organization.

Professional Experience:
  • 5+ years previous experience performing production tasks within a plant operation environment is required

  • Leadership demonstrated in continuous improvement

What We Offer:

  • Generous Paid Time Off Accruals

  • 16 Hours PAID Volunteer Time Off

  • 10 Paid Holidays

  • Up to eight (8) weeks of 100% paid parental leave to eligible U.S. associates

  • 401(k) with Company Match

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Options

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) conducts drug screens and background checks on applicants who accept employment offers.

When you join us, you'll also be joining Danaher's global organization, where 80,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you'll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.

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We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request accommodation.

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Web Reference : AJF/357444397-202
Posted Date : Fri, 01 Jul 2022

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