Director of Facility Operations

Full Time

Milpitas, California, United States

Job description

Scismic is supporting the growth of a biotech company Milpitas, CA that is producing lab-grown leather! We are seeking a Director of Facility Operations to join the team. 

About the role:

As Director of Facility Operations, you will create and maintain the systems, tools, and processes that ensure a safe, well-maintained, physical environment at the company. Reporting to the COO, you will develop, lead, and support facilities and infrastructure projects as we grow our team and expand our operations. You will ensure and enforce facility and personnel safety and compliance.

About you:

You take pride in keeping people safe and understand how to optimize the physical space while ensuring the well-being of your team and company. You enjoy a collaborative startup environment and are excited by the opportunity to lead facility expansion and improvement projects. You are an effective project manager and enjoy using technology to promote strategic planning and collaboration and create scalable, future-proof solutions.


  • Direct facilities planning, design, maintenance, and construction programs, leading facilities-related project scope, specifications, request for proposals and quotation, contracting, project management, and execution
  • Lead long-term space planning and facility needs in partnership with executive management and ensure that departmental decisions fit within our business roadmap, budget, and goals
  • Track and ensure our facility's compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations and act as the main contact for compliance-related questions and communications
  • Hire, lead, develop, and empower a diverse and inclusive facilities team
  • Provide guidance to the facilities team and ensure the successful establishment, development, and management of:
    • Employee and building safety procedures in partnership with people operations and the safety committee
    • Maintenance programs and service vendors for equipment and systems (ie. waste management, janitorial, building systems, telecommunications, pest control, security, etc.)
    • Shipping and receiving policies and processes, consulting with team to understand needs and timelines
    • Procurement, installation, and maintenance of office equipment for shared spaces, conference rooms, and employee workstations
    • IT infrastructure and assets, such a laptops and telecommunication systems; work with external IT support to manage all IT-related systems
  • Be the main contact for building operations, including site emergencies, property management, and building security, access control, and safety and loss prevention
  • Foster partnership between facilities operations team and other departments, encouraging effective communication and consultation


  • 10+ years experience in facilities management and operations (if you're shy on this experience, we still encourage you to apply!)
  • Experience managing facilities with certified laboratory space
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety laws and regulations
  • Experience implementing and maintaining employee safety and compliance programs and trainings
  • Experienced with and certification of safe chemical handling procedures
  • Knowledge of HVAC and other systems needed for technical/lab spaces
  • Project management experience, having led facility-related projects from planning stages to completion
  • Experience using project management softwares


$185,000-$195,000 annually 


  • 90-100% employer-paid health, vision, and dental care
  • Flexible Spending Account/ Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Basic Life insurance & Long Term Disability insurance
  • Commuter benefits
  • 401K (Employer matching)

  • Onsite employer sponsored lunches (3 days each week)
  • Fully stocked kitchen (snacks responsibly sourced)
  • Team happy hours and regularly scheduled table tennis, foosball, and cornhole matches

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