Bristol Myers Squibb GEM Ops Technical Manager in Redwood City, California

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Position: Operations/Technical Manager II for Genetically Engineered Models (GEMs)

Location: Redwood City, CA

We are seeking an Operations/Technical Manager II specializing in supervision and colony management of the GEM program to join the Veterinary Sciences team. As such you will experience a culture that believes in making the animal care and use program a model for the industry. We are focused on providing employees with career development and activities across our entire drug development process.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is the industry leader in immuno-oncology with life-saving medicines and a rich clinical portfolio of diverse modalities including monoclonal antibody, antibody drug conjugate, fusion protein, and combination regimes.

Position Responsibilities:

• Manages the daily operations of the barrier breeding facility specializing in the production of GEMs and other colony production breeding.

• Manages routine to moderately complex breeding colonies.

• Actively monitors quality of activities, operations, and projects, and makes day-to-day decisions related to production breeding and facility operations.

• Works closely with VS staff and other groups to optimize breeding programs. Recommends and implements colony management improvements.

• Collaborates with other groups and departments to address requests.

• Oversees selection of founders for breeding, works with technicians to ensure breeders are set up and monitored effectively, drives and coordinates collection of tissues for genetic analysis.

• Assists in the oversight of daily activities and development of staff and programs.

• Supervises and provides leadership and motivation to VS staff performing the work and ensures they have adequate training and mentoring to support the efforts.

• Leads the reviews and updates VS Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) according to the assigned review schedule.

• Trains staff on new or revised SOPs.

• Trains technical staff in the daily activities of GEM and colony production system.

• Reviews staff work assignments and ensures quality performance of assigned tasks.

• Works hand in hand with the Transgenic Modeling and other groups to develop an understanding of their needs and offer solutions related to the projects being managed.

• Responsible for upholding regulatory and welfare standards as they pertain to laboratory animal care, husbandry, facilities, and the overall animal macro environment.

• Sets standards and provides guidance on daily operations, animal room preparation, environmental parameters, and relevant reports and takes corrective action as necessary.

• Updates and maintains information systems related to project and study data.

• Manages and develops assigned staff consistent with Company strategy and to achieve departmental objectives.

• Leads supervisory team in developing cross functional capabilities and building team effectiveness.

• Recommends, develops, and delivers training programs for VS employees and research staff on proper techniques required for compliance with research protocols.

• Supervises the maintenance, use, disposition, and inventory of equipment for animal care or laboratory activities.

• Provides assistance with major project/program activities in the department which may involve multi-site interactions.

• Provides weekend and holiday supervisory and management coverage on a rotational basis.

Competencies – Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• The individual is required to have knowledge of GEM colony production breeding, experimental methodology, facility operations, and knowledge of regulations and guidelines that rodent breeding operations.

• Must have mastery of all VS SOPs and a good understanding of related departmental procedures (EH&S, Facilities, etc.) and proficiency in integrating this knowledge with strategic objectives.

• Understanding of regulatory compliance (i.e. USDA regulations and Animal Welfare Act) and accrediting guidelines (AAALAC and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals) for facility operations.

• Must have outstanding team building skills and demonstrated leadership and managerial abilities.

Experience – Responsibility and minimum number of years:

• Must have a history of consistent, sustained high-level performance, and typically attained with 15 years relevant experience in a GEM colony production breeding programs.

• Must have an excellent understanding of research methodologies and requirements used at this site.

• Must have an excellent understanding of research animal facility operation, to include animal welfare practices, husbandry procedures, animal health and veterinary care, enrichment program, and applicable regulations/accreditations (USDA, AAALAC, OLAW, and site/departmental SOPs).

• Must have excellent verbal and written skills

• Must be able to train and supervise technical staff in GEM rodent production systems.


• Bachelors of Science (BS) in life sciences with a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience is required.

• Masters of Science (MS) in Molecular Biology or Laboratory Animal Science and/or a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is required.

• Individual must have AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level.

• AALAS certification at the Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) is preferred.

• PhD in Molecular Biology or equivalent degree in life sciences is preferred.

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