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Program Manager, Synthetic Biology Platform

Debut Biotech

Debut Biotech

San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023

Program Manager: Synthetic Biology Technology Platforms


About Debut

Debut is the unconventional innovation lab spearheading the next generation of big business. Only Debut has a scalable, integrated, climate-positive creation model powered by biotechnology that puts human wellbeing at the center of everything we do—setting the new standard for profitable business and a new pace for an ever-changing world.  Our hybrid biotechnology approaches unlock latent markets, providing access to sustainably produced, natural ingredients with health benefits that cannot be obtained through other methods. We are committed to traversing the entire process, from ingredient discovery to the scaling of these products, for consumer markets. If you are passionate, enjoy fast-paced innovation and collaborative teams, then Debut is for you.  

Salary Range: $115-130k  

Debut is seeking a Project Manager for both internal and external R&D programs. The candidate will report directly to the CEO and will have a 360-degree view of our internal and partnered projects. The candidate will understand and set key performance indicators for each program and create risk analyses and Gantt charts to ensure the program is on time and within budget. The Project Manager will build a dashboard for all programs and advise the R&D teams on risks and budget. The candidate must be well versed in synthetic biology, project management and must be highly organized and detail oriented. The candidate will build the project management function at Debut and will meet with the CEO daily to keep the senior team informed of progress. The ideal candidate will also make external facing presentations compiling all critical data. 


  • A bachelor of science degree, and 5+ years of project management experience. A PhD in biotechnology or a related discipline is preferred. 
  • Demonstrated project management skill in the life sciences field. 
  • A fundamental understanding of fermentation, metabolic engineering, and downstream processing. 
  • Strong experience with project management software for real time monitoring and reporting of project progress. Will create a dashboard for Debut internal and external projects.  
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to make clear decisions. 
  • Works with an interdepartmental team to complete an assigned projects on time, to specifications, with accuracy and efficiency. 
  • Outlines the tasks involved in the project and delegates accordingly. 
  • Conducts cost analyses, estimating expected costs for the project. 
  • Conducts risk assessments; reports identified risks to management; provides recommendations for mitigation of risk. 
  • Manages questions, concerns, and/or complaints throughout the project. 
  • Acts as a liaison between company, customers, and vendors. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.   

Required Skills/Abilities: 

  • Strong written and verbal communication. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. 
  • Organized and high attention to detail. 
  • Solid time management with a proven ability to meet deadlines. 
  • Strong analytical knowledge and problem-solving skills. 
  • Proven supervisory and leadership skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate. 
  • Thorough understanding of the project or product being developed, or ability to learn quickly. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 or related software. 

Essential Physical Characteristics

The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

  • Continuous upward and downward flexion of the neck. 
  • Frequent sitting, repetitive use of hands to operate computers, printers and copiers. 
  • Occasional walking, standing, bending and twisting of neck, bending and twisting of waist, squatting, simple grasping, reaching above and below shoulder level, and lifting and carrying of files weighing up to 15 pounds.
  • The performance of this position will present exposure to an industrial environment and requires support and compliance with the published Company PPE policy including but not limited to the use of personal protective equipment as needed. 

Condition of Employment

As part of Debut’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check prior to beginning employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position.

Debut is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Salary Range: $115-130k  


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