Office Manager

Boost Biomes is using the powerful social networks among microbes to provide novel, sustainable solutions to feed and heal people everywhere. Boost’s core technology is a proprietary discovery platform that uses high throughput sequencing, selective enrichment and advanced bioinformatics to identify microbial products with important commercial roles. Boost is uniquely positioned at the leading edge of a quickly expanding field looking to tap into the value offered by understanding and engineering microbiomes. Our technology differentiator is the development of a causal understanding of microbial interactions powerful enough to allow the rational construction of designer functional consortia.

Our first products seek to reduce the enormous waste in agricultural products due to crop loss to fungal pests in the field and post-harvest. There is significant need for new biological, organic, safe biopesticides for crops; current chemical products have many challenges, such as regulatory burden for growers and safety concerns of consumers. The company operates in South San Francisco, the heart of west coast biotech. Boost has a deeply experienced founding team, and licensed IP protecting the platform.

Boost is looking for a dynamic individual to establish and maintain key office and corporate operations. Office operations will include general ordering and receiving, shipping and stocking and organizing. You will secure business permits and operational permits to support company initiatives. Your portfolio will include working with external service providers to support company operations in finance and HR. You will identify means to increase and improve the quality and efficiency of company operations; identify operational inefficiencies and address these, preferably in an automated or an outsourced manner; and identify opportunities to outsource or automate standard corporate operations.

With this portfolio of responsibilities, the Office Manager must be extremely well-organized, process-oriented, efficient, effective, highly motivated and dynamic. The Office Manager will report to the CEO and work closely with the executive team, and will play a highly-visible role for the company. In the context of a startup company you will be a key member of the team where agility and a comfort with learning on the job are paramount. This is an opportunity to work at the forefront of a cutting-edge field with opportunities to make direct and impactful contributions towards sustainable food production for a growing population.

Manages all operational aspects of the office including but not limited to:

  • Accounts payable and receivable

    • Working with our accountant to track expenses and income

  • Purchasing and Receiving

    • Familiarity with Point Purchasing a plus

  • Sample shipping for grower and other trials

    • Coordinating with internal and external stakeholders

  • Business, safety and regulatory permitting

    • Coordinating with external safety training providers

  • Working with our service providers

    • eg benefits, IT, HR, building and maintenance

  • Office supplies

    • Including IT hardware and software license management

  • Communication with building management

    • Inspections, janitorial, maintenance, security.

  • Laboratory and office equipment inventory

  • Onboarding New Hires

  • At least five years of experience in office management in biotechnology

  • A passion for sustainability and impact

  • Exceptional organizational and record keeping skills

  • The agility and growth mindset required to thrive in a startup environment

  • Desire to work with teammates to understand their processes and requirements to increase efficiency

  • A willingness and ability to respond to issues outside of typical office hours

How to Apply

Email your resume and a short cover letter that includes why you’d like to obtain this position.

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