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Cantos Ventures

Lab Operations Manager (Bio)



Operations · Full-time
Menlo Park, CA, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
80,000 – 130,000 USD per year
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2023

We have at least a couple of techbio portfolio companies hiring for a Lab Operations Manager (mid to senior)

Your primary objective as the Laboratory Operations Manager is to facilitate a productive and safe working environment for scientists. In this role, you will create operational policies to ensure adherence to spending controls, safety standards, and the general unblocking of scientists. Your day-to-day will include management of equipment procurement, inventory management, and lab organization.

You will be a trusted partner for science and business teams and may contribute to cross-functional projects related to AP-management, procurement, capital deployment strategy, and more.


● Maintain an organized, safe and clean lab environment

● Manage supplies of consumables (e.g., gasses, pipette tips, gloves, etc.)

● Oversee delivery and installation of laboratory equipment, working with vendor partners as needed

● Create and maintain systems for the coordinated purchase, receiving and tracking of owned equipment

● Create systems for reagent, chemical and consumable inventory tracking and procurement

● Create systems for equipment management (e.g., calibration schedules, equipment scheduling, etc.)

● Provide (or advocate for) resources needed to realize near- and long-term scientific goals

● Actively seek out cost- and time-saving opportunities for scientists and operators

● Ensure lab work and waste disposal is done in accordance with lab policies and regulatory standards

● Lead the preparation for and completion of all safety inspections

● Establish and maintain fruitful relationships with vendors

● Anticipate, plan, and communicate laboratory resource service disruptions to stakeholders

● Assess needs of scientists, working with team leads and company management to propose solutions

● Partner with Business Operations personnel to create and implement company-wide policies

● Support the maintenance and team member utilization of electronic lab notebook (e.g., Benchling)

● Contribute to the organization and delivery of special projects related to facilities management (e.g., facilities buildouts, modifications, etc.)

Required Competencies

● BS or MS in Life Sciences in biology, chemistry, or a related field

● 5 or more years of working experience managing a life science laboratory

● 3 or more years of supervisory experience

● Advanced knowledge of scientific principles, laboratory equipment, and research techniques

● Working knowledge of EH&S and BSL standards

● Experience using procurement platforms (e.g., Quartzy, Prendio, etc.)

● Advanced analytical, writing and communication skills in addition to logical reasoning capabilities

● Strong organizational and leadership skills with the ability to work independently

● The capability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

● Excellent computer and record keeping skills

● Strong interpersonal skills, ability to maintain excellent working relationships with team members

● Ability to lead by example and manage through influence

Cantos is an equal opportunity employer.

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