Head of Regulatory Operations

Seattle, South San Francisco, CA, United States
Jun 16, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Sana was founded by a team of experienced biotech executives, scientific pioneers in gene therapy and cell therapy, and investors with the goal of creating the leading company in the new era of medicine based upon the ability to engineer cells. The company is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Cambridge, MA, and it has licensed technology from a number of leading academic institutions, including Harvard University; University of California, San Francisco; the University of Washington; and King's College in London. Sana has raised significant capital since its founding, with investments from a number of leading venture capital firms (including ARCH Venture Partners, Flagship Pioneering, F Prime, and Google Ventures) along with leading institutional investors.

Sana Biotechnology is looking to expand our team with hard-working individuals who believe in the potential of cells as engineered medicines, have the vision to do creative things, and the determination to execute that vision. Works on projects of diverse scope. Exercises judgement within broadly defined practices to select methods, techniques and evaluation criteria. Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration and independent thought.

  • Establish strategies and infrastructure for regulatory operations including all regulatory documents, submissions and archiving across the product lifecycle
  • Develop and implement high-quality technologies that meet current and future requirements and standards from global regulatory authorities
  • Be responsible for all regulatory IT systems for regulatory submissions. Serve as the point of contact to interface with Sana's IT management
  • Design and manage an integrated regulatory document management and publishing system. Ensure the highest standards applied consistently to regulatory systems and processes
  • Lead internal efforts and participate in discussions with regulatory authorities on issues related to electronic submissions or other IT issues. Formulate plans to solve them
  • Assist the Head of Regulatory Affairs and Strategy to plan the budget for, and control the costs of, regulatory operations including identifying and implementing outsourcing opportunities (e.g., regulatory consultants)
  • Build strong relationship and collaborate with Sana's cross-functional program teams ensuring timely delivering critical global submissions
  • Train and mentor employees on regulatory affair operations


  • Bachelor or advanced degree in a scientific or technical discipline
  • More than 10 years of industry experience, preferably at least 5 years of regulatory publishing, submission and / or operation
  • Tracked record of regulatory publishing, submission, regulatory operation, process, and IT systems experience
  • Rich and demonstrated skills and experience in interactions with regulatory authorities
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal communications, organizational, and presentation skills
  • Established leadership and management skills with cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting and planning
  • Strong leadership, strategic orientation, project management, development of people, and process
  • 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.

  • Office based role that requires travel to and from other Sana locations and regulatory agencies as needed

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.