Watchmaker Genomics is an early-stage life science company based in Boulder, Colorado and has an R&D facility in Cape Town, South Africa. Our team is passionate about innovation and values collaboration, creativity and scientific rigor. We believe the intersection of biology, engineering and computer science presents exciting opportunities for developing novel technologies that promote research and improve human health. Watchmaker Genomics specializes in the design, development and production of DNA- and RNA-modifying enzymes that enable high-growth applications in genomics, molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine.

Position Summary

Watchmaker Genomics is inviting applications for the full-time position of Production Manager. Reporting to the Director of Operations the successful candidate will perform day-to-day production activities including but not limited to planning, scheduling, compliance implementations and people management. Additionally, this position is expected to assist in the building of a high performing manufacturing team and the design of new manufacturing facilities and processes.

The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced working environment and contribute directly to our company culture and success. This position will offer unique challenges, learning and growth including the opportunity to build and supervise a logistics team or to advance within the logistics department.


Production Process Management

  • Coordinate processes, equipment, materials and resources to plan for uninterrupted manufacturing of products to supply according to the demand schedule
  • Identify and communicate risk to the organization
  • Manage production cost and monitor variances within the production processes

Design, Build and Maintain

  • Collaborate in designing and building production facilities
  • Collaborate in selecting, testing and implementing appropriate production equipment
  • Collaborate in all troubleshooting efforts where required
  • Support in the maintenance of all equipment and facilities


  • ISO 13485 certification implementation and maintenance
  • Manage and maintain submissions for any local compliance requirements
  • Manage and maintain all import/export compliance requirements
  • Manage and maintain all health and safety requirements

Leadership, Planning and Process Improvements

  • Support with the hiring and training of new employees
  • Support the development and growth of individuals
  • Support the development of a quality culture within the organization
  • Identify and implement improvements in production processes
  • Support the implementation of leader, standard, work (LSW) processes
  • Draft, revise, verify all relevant production key performance indicators
  • Draft, revise, verify the production budget

Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • 3+ years of relevant production management and planning experience in life sciences related environments or related industries
  • Advanced computer skills pertaining to the use of ERP/inventory management systems, Microsoft/Google spreadsheets and word processing software
  • Leadership and cross-functional team building
  • Advance scheduling, time management, and resource management
  • The ability to multitask, perform consistently under pressure and work without supervision
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work as an effective member of a team

Preferred Experience:

  • Supervising or leading in a logistics, shipping/receiving or supply chain department
  • Inventory cycle counting and reconciliation
  • Working knowledge of/in:
    • Revising and publishing of work instructions
    • Basic understanding of ISO 13485 and experience working in an ISO compliant facility
    • import/export processes
    • technical writing
    • planning and design of production environments
    • implementing automated processes
  • Providing support in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with high-growth start-up environments
Education and Experience
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant life sciences discipline is required; an advanced degree (MS/MBA) is preferred
Application Procedure

Applications without a Letter of Motivation will not be considered. Local candidates preferred.

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae, highlighting relevant qualifications and experience

If selected to participate in the interview process, the names and contact information of two references who are able to assess your suitability for the position in terms of the specified requirements will be requested.

Watchmaker Genomics is committed to being an equal opportunity employer and creating a culturally diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics as protected by applicable law.