• Associate Director, Biosafety – Merrick/Life Sciences

    Job ID 2019-1502
    Job Locations
    Project Management
    Regular Full-Time
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    Associate Director, Biosafety – Merrick/Life Sciences



    Merrick & Company, an employee owned company, is seeking an experienced Associate Director in Biosafety to join our growing team. The person would become a crucial part of a key Merrick growth initiative in Life Sciences, Biosafety & Biosecurity, and Laboratory Operations markets. This position will be in Manhattan, KS.


    Job Description

    The Associate Director (AD) must be capable of directing and managing a multi-faceted series of projects related to laboratory operations, operational planning, and biosafety & biosecurity (BS&S). The AD would serve as the point of contact on a team of scientists, engineers, subcontractors, and subject matter experts. The position will work interactively with other teams responsible for laboratory operational planning, development of laboratory IT systems, development of laboratory programs (e.g., biorisk management, large animal laboratory issues, etc.). This position requires the ability to not only be proficient in the laboratory operations but to also direct various teams toward high-quality product development. The AD will often interface with Merrick clients to develop high-level execution strategies, problem solving, planning, and execute overall program coordination for high-visibility projects, and as such must possess excellent consulting skills. Business Development activities are expected. This position requires a high level of demonstrated effectiveness in working with Federal clients, other consulting team members, and in marketing these services to public and private entities.


    The successful candidate will be required to interface with clients, and Federal, Local and State government contacts for Life Sciences projects located anywhere within the U.S. Moderate travel (up to 30%) may be required.


    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Provide overall direction, strategy, and execution to significant team of personnel, subcontractors, and client representatives.
    • Effectively liaise with project team and client in adherence to project quality of deliverables, products, schedule, and budget.
    • Effectively liaise complex issues related to the interface of laboratory construction, commissioning, and operational planning.
    • Prepare complex studies, reports, plans, specifications, quantities and cost estimates for projects.
    • Take ownership of projects from start to finish and communicate with clients regarding project issues.
    • Prepare scopes of work and man-hour estimates for projects and tasks.
    • Responsible for supporting proposal production and implementing marketing initiatives.
    • Responsible for ensuring that task and project schedules and budgets are met.
    • Responsible for document preparation for regulatory agencies to obtain required permits.
    • Exercise initiative, judgment, and knowledge commensurate with the responsibilities of the position.
    • Actively participate in technical, professional, and civic organizations.
    • Will be expected to adopt and apply all Merrick policies and procedures and to apply them on assignments
    • Must possess strong oral/written communications and interpersonal skills and to effectively interface with clients.
    • Limited travel required up to 30%.

    Required Experience

    • Must have a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in project management, laboratory management, biosafety & biosecurity. Previous experience high- and maximum-containment laboratories is highly preferred.
    • Must have demonstrated success in Business Development, Project Management and demonstrated skills in leading project teams.
    • Must have an advanced degree in the life and/or biological sciences (M.S. or Ph.D.)
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
    • Well-organized, detail oriented, and self-motivated professional.
    • Strong desires to grow personally as well as professionally in a team environment.
    • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
    • Client projects for this position require U.S. Citizenship

    Desired Experience

    • BSL4 laboratory operations
    • Animal laboratory programs
    • Maintenance and management of Federal Select Agent Program requirements (e.g., previous Responsible Official or Alternate Responsible Official)
    • Computer Skills:
      • MS Office
      • Microsoft Project or Primavera scheduling preferred.

    Physical Requirements 

    • The job requires the ability to sit for extended periods at a computer workstation.
    • The job requires the ability to interact with contractors and other team members on construction sites, and the ability to wear basic site safety equipment.
    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Work Environment

    This job operates in both a professional office environment and construction environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as but not limited to:  computers, phones, copiers, filing cabinets, plotters, and scanners.


    Additional Information

    Apply on line only. No e-mail, hard copy or third party resumes accepted.


    Merrick & Company, an employee owned company, offers a competitive compensation and benefits package which includes; health insurance, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), unique work-life benefits, continuing education and training through the Merrick Learning Institute.


    We recognize the importance of developing top talent from within, our employees have access to a wide range of internal and external training and coaching programs and are rewarded for their achievements through excellent benefits and competitive salaries.


    Merrick & Company is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.


    We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.


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