Upstream and Downstream Senior Associate

Arranta Bio
Watertown, MA, United States
Jan 18, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


Arranta Bio is a rapidly growing and dynamic bio-pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO). Our vision is to be the best in class CDMO providing development and GMP manufacturing services to microbiome innovators within the pharmaceutical industry. Therapies focused on the human microbiome are exhibiting incredible potential towards revolutionizing disease etiology and associated medical treatments. Arranta Bio's mission is to build a world class organization which provides microbiome bio-pharmaceutical innovators with a single source of supply from early process development through clinical and commercial GMP finished product.


Arranta hires people who are committed and passionate to the goal of bringing life enhancing products to patients. We want top talent who will render ideas and a relentless desire towards accomplishing our mission; when a job becomes a passion, it makes you feel ALIVE.

Here at Arranta Bio, we embrace ALIVE - our core values that we live and breathe daily! We are Agile, Leading, Innovating, Value Creating, and Engaging.

We embrace our challenges as opportunities.

We are empowered to think and act.

We never settle; we strive to improve through purposeful creativity.

We build aligned teams who learn, grow, and deliver.

We are committed to building strong relationships.

Are you ready to come ALIVE with a daring and intrepid team? Don't wait another minute; Apply today!


The Upstream and Downstream Senior Associate will perform daily cGMP manufacturing for plasmid products including upstream, purification, media/buffer production, and general suite/operational readiness activities. The manufacturing associate is responsible for providing direction for the Manufacturing Associates I-III, with the Supervisor's oversight.



  • Perform basic to complex activities in seed train, fermenter operation, harvest/clarification activity, and purification of plasmid DNA in a commercial cGMP environment
  • Preparation of media and buffers
  • Documentation of all activities in Batch Records, Logbooks, Forms, etc. and electronic interfaces
  • Prepare for production by reviewing production schedule; studying and clarifying specifications; calculating requirements; assembling materials and supplies
  • Provide written and verbal updates to supervisors or other department managers
  • Maintain the highest standards of workplace Safety and product quality
  • Follows verbal and written procedures in operating production equipment and performing processing steps; accurately completes appropriate production documentation.
  • Identifies, escalates and documents events and deviations and subtle variances that deviate from normal operation; participate as needed in investigations.
  • Demonstrates ability to troubleshoot basic mechanical operations.
  • Work in accordance with site and company EHS programs.
  • Work in accordance with regulations, detailed protocols, Batch Records, SOPs and Work Instructions
  • Strong commitment to continuous improvement


Experience and Skills

Education And/Or Experience



  • B.S. in Biology, or related field preferred.
  • 3+ years Manufacturing experience with demonstrated progression from Associate I-III
  • Operational Excellence, such as 6S, experience a plus
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel required.
  • Good laboratory skills and excellent record keeping, including GDP, is required.
  • Ability to work independently and stay on task in a fast-paced environment without direct supervision.
  • Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment.
  • Regular and reliable performance and attendance required.
  • Preferred experience with anaerobic culture techniques
  • Able to work in a rapidly changing climate - reacts well to change
  • Team player
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks while remaining focused
  • Reliable, dependable, and organized



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.



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  • The employee is required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • No travel required.
  • Communicate using telephone and e-mail



Arranta Bio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.