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Head of Business Operations

Full Time

Boston, Massachusetts, United States (This job is on-site)

Job description

Scismic is supporting the growth of a well-funded, VC-backed biotech startup with a mission to invent next-generation technologies to design drugs that will improve and save patient lives. ​They are pursuing a pipeline of protein therapeutics using novel molecular measurement technologies and library-guided protein engineering. Their drug discovery engine is differentiated by massively parallel in vivo screening. This unique platform is powered by a proprietary protein barcoding technology that allows multiplexed protein quantitation at unprecedented scale and sensitivity. We combine this and other high-throughput protein engineering approaches with computational design to create antibody-like drugs and other biologics. Our world-class team of protein engineers, biologists, and computational scientists are working together to aim the platform at therapeutic opportunities where precise targeting is the key to overcoming clinical challenges.


We are seeking a highly-motivated, proactive individual to manage, maintain, and evolve operations for a 30-person team. This position reports directly to the CEO and will oversee general operations, including finance, legal, HR, and hiring. We have a strong ownership culture, and you will be responsible for empowering and supporting our scientific team to perform cutting-edge R&D. We are on an ambitious mission to redefine therapeutics discovery, and operations excellence is crucial. The best candidate will bring thoughtful long-term vision and planning combined with the ability to roll up your sleeves and problem-solve as needed.


  • Be a strategic thinker to enable the organization as it scales, advise employees navigating essential topics, and be a proven collaborator with critical functional partners.
  • Communicate recommendations and decision-making process to the CEO to enable efficient and optimal operational updates
  • Own financial functions (reporting and projections) directly and/or in collaboration with consultants
  • Oversee the recruiting function by establishing clear internal alignment on new roles and helping manage and evolve our hiring process.
  • Ensure awareness of and compliance with state and federal employment regulations; monitor legislative matters impacting human resources.
  • Own the implementation of performance management and compensation decisions, with the aid of consultants as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Masters and 5+ years of experience in operations (biotech / pharma preferred)
  • Pragmatic and efficient problem solver and decision maker, knowing when to roll up your sleeves and when to outsource
  • Has owned operations responsibilities in a startup of less than 50 people, as well as larger organizations
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, proactive, and able to multitask
  • Experience creating and implementing new operations procedures and processes
  • Process-driven and detail-oriented, and good at inspiring others to follow procedures
  • Service-oriented mindset with a love for enabling teams and individuals
  • Collaborative, curious, and flexible with strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Skilled with relevant software tools (Google Drive, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.)
Preferred Qualifications

  • Background/expertise in financial planning and owning a multi-million dollar budget
  • Operational experience scaling a biotech startup
Featured benefits
  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid maternity leave
  • Commuter benefits
  • Disability insurance

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