Berkeley Lights, Inc. is enabling precise cell by cell selection
and manipulation to empower cell line development, antibody
discovery and engineering, synthetic biology, and development of
personalized cellular therapies. Founded in 2011, Berkeley Lights,
Inc. is delivering breakthrough platforms and devices that
fundamentally change the way biological processes are done. Our
technology is revolutionizing how scientists and researchers study
the interaction of cells and transform and accelerate biologics and
As a Software Program Manager at Berkeley Lights, you will work
with multi-disciplinary teams (including members from marketing,
engineering, software, biology, chemistry, applications, and
quality) with the goal of delivering breakthrough products,
although you will be largely focused on software product
development. Product scope and complexity will vary, but the
development efforts will be fast-paced using unique, cutting edge
technologies and approaches. You will work closely with the
commercial team to ensure product/marketing requirements are
sufficiently defined, then you will help design a cross functional
team and oversee successful execution from concept to
Responsibilities: Work with marketing and technical experts to
scope the project in terms of requirements, resource needs, and
Work with functional managers (we use a matrix org structure) to
resource and build a team to meet the specifications within the
agreed upon timeline and budget. The team size may vary between 3
people and up to 12; in all cases the team will be
multidisciplinary and awesome.
Oversee the development of products to ensure product
development procedures are followed.
Maintain project plans, timelines, lead core team meetings and
own specific project deliverables.
Communicate progress to executive staff on a regular basis.
Provide and/or oversee documentation of each project including
the design history file for products, quality documentation as well
as customer-facing training and informational materials.
Position Requirements: Software Engineering background with
systems engineering experience.
Will be working directly with software team and you believe in
the Agile methodology for software development. Must have
experience working with Agile teams as a scrum master.
You have a strong appreciation for the complexities of
integrating hardware and software system components and help teams
make non-trivial tradeoffs.
Six-ish years relevant work experience working with
interdisciplinary teams on complex instruments with life science
applications, preferably as manager or program leader. You have
brought several products from concept to market.
Ability to develop and manage timelines for multidisciplinary
programs and meet or exceed expectations. Project management is a
required skillset, but this role involves much more than Gantt
charts. You are a leader that inspires teams to be greater than the
sum of their parts.
Possess strong problem-solving skills, ideally in a structured
format. Define risks or problems that warrant additional resources
to complete programs on schedule. Work with team to use structured
problem-solving techniques to remedy risks or problems quickly and
remain on schedule. Deep down, you get a little excited when
something breaks because you enjoy fixing things that appear
Must be proficient with new product introduction (NPI)
activities. This includes having the proper manufacturing, quality,
process, test, and specification documentation released within the
PLM, ERP, and CRM to facilitate the continued sustaining and
support of your released products.
Communication, communication, communication. You will be
communicating progress to internal management, including executives
in the form of presentations, meetings, and reports. This doesn’t
mean that you love meetings, rather you love efficient forms of
communication which occasionally includes very short meetings.
Documentation: help to define, review and efficiently oversee
key documentation for products, e.g. requirements, risk analysis,
project plans, manuals, marketing collateral, etc.
Data driven attitude with strong data analysis skills. Sharing
data in a format that is easy to interpret should come naturally to
you. You often ask yourself, ‘what would Tufte do?’
Must be pro-active with strong prioritization, organization and
project coordination skills.
Excel in small, motivated high-performance team with aggressive
schedules. We like to move fast and remain agile – we will pivot if
new data comes in suggesting a better path.
Work well across multiple disciplines and personalities. Teams
will include mix of engineers and scientists, and you appreciate
the differences in how scientists and engineers tackle problems and
can use both approaches to maximize the results.
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