Head of Capital Projects

Emeryville, California
Mar 06, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Zymergen is a fast growing company in search of a Head of Capital Projects to lead the build out of our corporate headquarters in Emeryville, CA. The Head of Capital Projects will be responsible for building the capabilities of a capital projects and project management organization, providing direct management of capital projects, and provide oversight and governance over a portfolio of projects. The scope of projects will include office, laboratory, manufacturing, and infrastructure projects. The candidate will be responsible for the entire project lifecycle, including inception, execution, and close-out.

 Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and present executive updates for our capital project portfolio.
  • Develop and maintain systems, processes, and procedures for planning, initiating, executing, and closing out capital projects
  • Develop project controls systems for monitoring and measuring progress, project governance, schedule, quality, and KPIs
  • Responsible for all phases of the capital project lifecycle, including office, laboratory, manufacturing, and infrastructure projects.
  • Project planning including: economic and feasibility analysis, business case development, conceptual and schematic design, cost estimating, scope development, project execution planning and preparation of requests for capital expenditure.
  • Project execution including: detail design, preparation of equipment specifications, procurement, cost and schedule control, commissioning, qualification, and start-up.
  • Project portfolio governance – provide oversight and governance to a portfolio of concurrent projects, including long range planning and multiyear portfolio planning
  • Participates in equipment and system start-up and commissioning activities. Supervises internal and external resources during all phases of commissioning execution.
  • Lead internal cross-functional project team
  • Manages and monitors the activities of external engineering, construction managers and contractors working on capital projects.
  • Meet regularly with key stakeholders to understand business needs and develop supply/demand data for management review.
  • Perform administrative and technical work in conducting short and long range facility space and master planning, work flow analysis, space and facility usage.
  • Partner with IT, Automation, and Process Engineering to lead efforts in design and implementation of critical equipment.
  • Partner with Finance to regularly update forecast versus cash senarios, update asset dates, and identify financial risks.
  • Work closely with HR to ensure allocation of workspace for all new hires and existing employees.
  • Ensure compliance with local/state/federal/country/regional regulations.
  • Maintains a clean and safe working environment by enforcing EH&S procedures and GMP regulations (as applicable).


  • Bachelors’ degree in Construction Management or Engineering required.
  • At least 8 years of experience with at least 4 years’ experience in a laboratory or manufacturing environment.
  • Combination of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, including architectural and design experience.
  • Knowledge of the development and use of contracts, estimates, and specifications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Self-motivated team leader with extensive experience in all phases of Engineering Architecture, and Planning.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and decision-making skills,
  • Familiarity with building systems, codes and ADA requirements
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications and Auto CAD
  • Strong interpersonal skills required to establish and maintain positive relationships with Zymergen collegues
  • Must exercise rapid learning ability, attention to detail, excellent computer skills, excellent communication skills, team player, organized analytical thinker with a high level of energy and self-motivation, excellent writing skills.