Head of Facilities

South San Francisco, CA, United States
May 29, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Sana Biotechnology is looking for a Head of Facilities to join our fast-growing team! In this role, you will be responsible for Sana's capital project master plan, maintenance of facilities, site services and serving as liaison for contracted facility spaces across all Sana's US office locations. This position reports to the Head of Global Laboratory & Facility Operations and has direct leadership responsibilities for all facilities staff, vendors and contractors, in addition to matrix leadership responsibilities for capital projects. In this role, you will fully manage the company's facility portfolio, develop long-range facility and site services strategy, and will own budget accountability for the function. You will work collaboratively and engage directly with business unit leaders, employees, vendors, landlords and local authorities. A must is having project delivery experience, superior skill in cross-functional leadership, excellent prioritization, responsiveness, customer service, and verbal communication skills.


Capital Project Leadership: In collaboration with Real Estate, Finance, Laboratory Operations, and other business units, develop the master plan for Sana's lab and office capital projects including new facilities, renovations, and expansions, in all geographies. Directly manage internal facilities leads responsible for design and delivery of capital projects. Contribute to Sana's Real Estate strategy, incorporating company growth projections, strategic milestones, and future facility technical requirements.

Facility Maintenance: Responsible for ensuring that all Sana facility systems are in good working order, including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, furnishings, and waste management
  • Directly supervise facility management staff across sites and further develop facility support staffing models, incorporating vendors and consultants where appropriate, to ensure scalable coverage of facility maintenance tasks at each site
  • Develop and implement physical security strategy
  • Continually assess business and operational risk associated with existing facilities and develop mitigation and maintenance strategies to address
  • Develop and implement MEP lifecycle review and maintenance plans for existing and future facilities

Site Services: Provide oversight and strategic guidance to the Site Services team responsible for delivering services and amenities for Sana staff working onsite, including:
  • Reception
  • Badge issuance
  • Food/beverage services
  • Parking/gym access
  • Mother's Rooms

Contract Facility Liaison: Serve as operational liaison for Facility-related workstreams with non-manufacturing external facilities including existing or future contract lab, office, or in vivo facility space.
  • Perform gap analyses between Sana internal and external facility policies; collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to prioritize and remediate gaps which pose operational or business risk to Sana
  • Collaborate with Laboratory Operations and EHS to ensure that staff working in external facilities have the supplies they need and are equipped and trained to adhere to Sana EHS policies

Functional Responsibilities:
  • Establish and manage business processes for Facilities workstreams
  • Provide exceptional people leadership to a diverse and distributed team, providing guidance, development and motivation to help support a positive employee experience
  • Build a team-based environment that aligns with company values, ways of working, and competencies
  • Collaborates with cross-functional partners such as Lab Operations, EHS, Legal, HR, and IT on needs, budget and project decisions

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business Administration or a related field
  • 15+ years of progressive experience in facilities and capital projects management / leadership within R&D laboratory, biotechnology or pharmaceutical environment across multiple locations and time zones
  • 7+ years of proven success leading teams
  • Sophisticated fiscal planning and leadership skills, with a strong understanding of the complexities of a multi-site environment
  • Demonstrated breadth of experience in Operations and Facilities Management. Must understand facility systems and have experience working in laboratory environment
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills to prioritize multiple work streams and deadlines and balance opposing priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, influence, and communications skill with the proven ability to communicate effectively across all departments and levels of the organization
  • Is flexible and adaptable - Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced working environment and work in a diplomatic and tactful manner with others
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment where results are achieved through influence, cooperation, and the incorporation of multiple points of view
  • A mentor and leader of people, projects and teams: all team members deserve an engaged, thoughtful culture and people leader
  • An inclusive individual who thrives in a team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrate Sana's core values and the attributes that support these core values (Lead from every seat, Thrive as a team, Make it happen)
  • Working safely in person on a predictable and regular in-person basis is an essential job function for this position and the Company requires that all individuals working in-person, subject to certain exceptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

At Sana, we believe that a diverse workforce strengthens us as a company and helps us to achieve our mission to meaningfully change the outcome of many human diseases. This belief is a pillar of our business and is critical to our success. Our goal is that Sana is the place for talented people to bring their authentic selves to work, to have a great career and to deeply, positively impact patients.

The Company is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental or sensory disability (including the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability), genetic information, actual or perceived HIV or Hepatitis C infection, medical condition (cancer or a record or history of cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, veteran status, political ideology, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Core to our values, we believe there is nothing more important than the health and wellness of you and your family. We cover 100% of the cost for employee health coverage and offer generous time-off, parental leave, short and long term disability, financial wellness programs, a 401(k) Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, commuter subsidy and a variety of wellness offerings to support each person individually.