Associate Director, Process Development

Amyris is building an integrated renewable products company using breakthrough science and an innovative business model to address some of our planet’s most daunting problems. Amyris first developed its technology under a non-profit initiative to provide a reliable and affordable source of artemisinin, a highly effective anti-malarial therapeutic and is now applying its industrial synthetic biology platform to provide sustainably-sourced alternatives to a broad range of petroleum, plant and animal-derived products. Amyris No Compromise™ products in the Health & Wellness, Clean Beauty and Flavors & Fragrance markets are being designed to perform comparably to, or better than, the products they will replace. Learn more at

The Process Development team builds quality, safety, and cost-efficiency into manufacturing processes as they are developed to produce renewable chemical products. Strains making compounds never produced by fermentation are now available and the products from these fermentations are being commercialized.

Amyris is seeking an experienced Associate Director in Process Development to manage biomolecule projects within Process Development and initial Manufacturing with an integrated view of the process to meet the project goals & manufacturing timelines. The Associate Director will partner with teams in upstream Research and Development and downstream Manufacturing and Commercialization to take new biomolecule products and processes from lab to commercial scale.
Display personal responsibility for individual as well as co-worker safety and maintaining safety as the highest priority by supporting and reinforcing procedures and policies.
Work with technical area experts to define and review plans for achieving PD & Manufacturing related technical goals and milestones for biomolecule projects.
Advocate for resourcing to support plans and project timelines.
Maintain, update, and communicate project timelines and potential risks to the timeline.
Coordinate and prioritize process development activities to align with project timeline, product specifications, cost target, and prepare for technology transfer.
Partner with upstream R&D leads and PD leads in Fermentation, Downstream, Processing, and Process Chemistry to develop an integrated strain and process to meet project objectives.
Work with the Process Engineering team develop cost models for new biomolecules and refine the models as the project progresses to manufacturing.
Lead technical transfer of processes to manufacturing and coordinate manufacturing support.
Work with Amyris Process Engineering and Manufacturing teams to understand the capabilities and constraints of selected manufacturing sites and how to best fit the new processes to the site(s).
Interface and coordinate activities with Amyris Quality, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Commercial and Supply Chain teams to successfully transfer new products and processes to manufacturing.
Lead technical communication with external partners and customers as it relates to process development and initial manufacturing campaigns.
Work with partners/customers to define the product specifications for new biomolecules.
Required Qualifications:
Master’s or PhD Degree in Chemical Engineering or related discipline with 8+ years of relevant industry experience or Bachelors in Chemical Engineering or related discipline with 12+ years of relevant industry experience.
Experience with process technology is strictly required.
Experience with many of the most commonly used unit operations in fermentation and downstream processing – centrifugation, filtration, evaporation & distillation, chromatography, adsorption and , and crystallization – is highly desired.
Prowess in understanding issues of process fit and timing when scaling up lab processes to pilot and commercial scale is essential.
Experience leading teams developing processes and subsequently transferring those processes to full-scale manufacturing facilities is required.
Established experience writing Development Reports, SOP’s and Technology Transfer Reports and following through the transfer in person during the plant start-up.
This critical position requires interactions with several disciplines – excellent interpersonal and organization skills are required.
Team-oriented, with demonstrated problem solving skills.
Travel will vary but could be as much as 25% on average.
Embrace Amyris Core Values.
Preferred Qualifications:
Previous Project Management Professional training is desirable.

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