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Pilot Operations Manager

Deep Branch Biotechnology

Deep Branch Biotechnology

Geleen, Netherlands
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Deep Branch is a leading biotechnology company that utilizes clean and renewable carbon and energy sources to produce sustainable food ingredients. We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Pilot Operations Manager to join our dynamic team. At Deep Branch, we have developed a groundbreaking gas fermentation platform, which presents unique challenges and opportunities in R&D, engineering, and operations. We are looking for a candidate who can work collaboratively across disciplines to drive the scale-up of this technology and contribute to the development of a more sustainable food system.


  • Oversee and manage day-to-day operations of our pilot plant, ensuring efficient and safe operation
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop and implement operational strategies and procedures
  • Monitor and optimize performance metrics to drive continuous improvement in productivity and efficiency
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to troubleshoot any operational issues that may arise
  • Coordinate the scheduling and execution of experiments and production runs in the pilot plant
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure consistent and reliable operations
  • Train and mentor junior team members on best practices and safety protocols
  • Manage relationships with vendors and suppliers to ensure timely delivery of materials and equipment
  • Perform regular equipment inspections and maintenance to ensure proper functioning and reliability
  • Stay current with industry trends and advancements in biotechnology to drive innovation and efficiency


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, or a related field
  • Proven experience (3+ years) managing operations in a biotechnology or related industry
  • Strong knowledge of pilot plant operations, process optimization, and scale-up
  • Familiarity with fermentation technologies and principles
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to troubleshoot operational issues
  • Detail-oriented with a strong focus on quality and safety
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate across cross-functional teams
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in using process control systems and monitoring software
  • Experience with regulatory compliance and quality systems is preferred