Director, Workplace and Facilities

South San Francisco, CA
Dec 01, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


The Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) Director, Workplace and Facilities will provide organizational leadership and oversight on all matters related to facilities and office operations, maintenance, laboratory environment and security. In addition, this role will be responsible for managing, developing and implementing environmental, health and safety (EHS) procedures and programs to ensure GBT’s activities follow applicable laws and reduce risks.


This role reports into the Senior Director, Workplace AND Facilities and will provide dynamic leadership to the Facilities team as well as analyze, budget and make decisions based on data and needs. The Director, Workplace and Facilities will be a self-motivated individual who can drive decision making and solve problems; be an effective business partner across internal functions; have excellent project management skills and must be proactive and deadline oriented. This individual will not only have to be highly experienced in traditional facilities operations but also can grow and develop with the company culture.


  • Manage the South San Francisco workplace, labs and facilities consisting of approximately 164,000 square feet, and global needs with office locations.
  • Oversees construction projects (new facilities, tenant improvements and facility modifications) and manage internal and external resources. This may include engaging and directing outside consultants, contractors, and service vendors from the planning phase through design, budgeting, scheduling, construction and occupancy.
  • Lead, manage and develop full-time staff and contingent personnel.
  • Administers security systems for the protection of property and people, including design and implementation of new or expanded system requirements.   
  • Oversees EH&S function, personnel and associated safety programs and environmental services to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Manage day-to-day operations including, but not limited to, furniture procurement, moves/adds/changes, food services, shipping/receiving, mail, janitorial services, reception and company event planning.
  • Provide oversight for maintenance of laboratory equipment; certifying instrument performance, service and repair; write and oversee lab safety protocols as needed.
  • Manage relationships with property management, landlords, maintenance and security functions to maximize a smooth delivery of services and support.
  • Develop and manage budgets, forecasts, long range business and operational plans for facilities.
  • Manage vendor relationships from the RFP process through contract deployment; Review existing contracts and vendor relationships and periodically ensure competitive pricing and services.
  • Manage contractors for facilities maintenance and improvements including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, utilities, HVAC, and hazardous materials.
  • Develop and administer the business continuity management function in partnership with cross functional teams to ensure continuity and response preparedness for critical business operations.


Qualifications & Required Skills
  • A minimum of a Bachelors’ degree
  • 10+ years of facilities management experience with at least 4+ years of leading teams or managing people.
  • Proven skill in strategic planning, forecasting, capital and annual budgeting
  • Knowledge of facilities and laboratory maintenance and repair functions (e.g. plumbing, electrical, HVAC systems, and hazardous materials.)
  • Experience in a fast-paced and growing life science company, and/or health care industrya definite plus
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Must be customer service oriented
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks to maintain a high-level of productivity and innovation, to complete work on-time and on-budget
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, suitable for all levels of the organization
  • Able to serve as a strong business partner, collaborator, and project manager


Fit with GBT culture:

  • Ability to build strong relationships with co-workers of various backgrounds and expertise
  • Ability to function at a high level in a team setting whether leading the group or acting as an individual contributor
  • Values-based leadership consistent with GBT's Core Values
  • Excitement about the vision and mission of GBT
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity


NOTE:  This position summary is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.


The Company complies with all laws respecting equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants with regard to any protected characteristic as defined by federal, state, and local law.  This position requires you to work onsite at the Company’s facilities.  The Company requires all employees working in its facilities (including attending in-person meetings and events) to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 (except as required by applicable law).  Therefore, this position requires you to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for a disability/medical condition or sincerely-held religious belief, and/or as otherwise required by applicable law.  The Company considers you fully vaccinated once 14 days have passed since you received either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. This position requires you to maintain a fully-vaccinated status against COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations required by applicable law. The vaccine must have been FDA approved, have emergency use authorization from the FDA, or, for persons fully vaccinated outside of the U.S., be listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.