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Head of People Operations

South San Francisco
Job Type
6+ years
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About the role

Culture makes it easier to scale-up and manufacture products using biology. We’re looking for a Head of Human Resources who will be an empathetic, pro-active leader of our HR function. This is a manager-level position with an opportunity to grow in a Director or VP level role in the next 12-24 months.

This is a unique opportunity: you’re going to run HR for a fast-growing startup that has the potential to make a significant positive contribution to the world. Plus, people here are kind, empathetic, and passionate about what they do

What you will do:

Develop and implement learning & development programs for employees across the company with a particular focus on employees that contribute to our core operations that serve customers. Develop analytics & feedback mechanisms to track the status & progress of our HR processes, including DE&I, onboarding, training, satisfaction at work, and internal communications. Collaborate with the founders to run bottoms-up processes to craft our values, mission, and, critically, processes that reinforce them. Own all the core HR needs & operations at the business: HR policies, compensation, career ladders, payroll, and performance reviews. Provide situational coaching and assistance in response to real-time HR needs for the business. Inspire and manage a small HR team, including at least one full-time HR Business Partner. Develop & implement training programs for managers and leaders at Culture.

In return, we will support you by:

Placing a high degree of trust in your ideas and execution. Bringing you up to speed in the domain of biomanufacturing. Providing a low-stress work environment. Making ourselves available for collaboration. Caring about you as a whole person. Support your personal and professional growth.

About you:

You’re excited to lead the HR function at a fast-moving start-up. You’re passionate, or at least curious, about how biomanufacturing can make an impact on climate change, human health, food systems, and materials. You’re an empathetic, self-reflective leader, able to communicate and understand a diverse group of employees. You should feel comfortable owning the full set of HR responsibilities for our business. You have some experience developing, implementing, or executing learning & development programs and you’re excited to lead L&D programs as a core part of your next role. You have at least 7 years of experience working in HR and have experience managing reports.

Location & Schedule:

This is a remote-flexible position. We’re looking for someone based in the San Francisco Bay Area who is able to work in person at our office in South San Francisco at least 2-3 days per week.

Our Benefits:

Competitive salary and equity compensation Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance 401(k) plan with company match Generous PTO in addition to company holidays and a winter break Family-friendly benefits including parental leave Building amenities include child care facility, subject to availability Free onsite breakfast, lunch, snacks, and coffee Access to an onsite gym with showers and classes Annual reimbursement for relevant educational opportunities

Culture Biosciences provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. We seek to build a company that promotes inclusion and expands the diversity of our industry as a whole. We encourage people with identities underrepresented in biotech to apply.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Why you should join Culture Biosciences

Culture Biosciences grows organisms for biotech companies. We've built the first cloud bioreactor facility. Here’s how it works:

  1. Our customers are experts in DNA design -- they send us their genetically engineered organisms for testing.
  2. We grow their cells in our bioreactors to examine the efficacy of different protocols and their effect on yield and productivity.
  3. Our customers monitor the state of things live via our website. At the end we send them some samples for storage or more custom analysis.

Our customers genetically modify organisms to produce new therapeutics, materials, fuels and foods. We help them quickly run experiments and develop manufacturing processes so they can get their products to market faster. We've built proprietary software and automation systems to make operating our bioreactors more efficient than existing systems. We also provide customers with new software tools that help them analyze and contextualize their data. We are currently serving a number of biotech customers and scaling out our infrastructure.

We are a Bay Area company backed by leading venture funds including Y Combinator and Verily Life Sciences. We are made up of mechanical, software, biomedical and chemical engineers who worked previously at Google X, Facebook, MIT, CalTech, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Our team is passionate about enabling high-throughput, reproducible science. We value curiosity, clear communication, kindness, and collaboration. We're also committed to building a diverse team.

Culture Biosciences
Team Size:40
Location:South San Francisco, CA
Matt Ball
Matt Ball
Will Patrick
Will Patrick