Senior IT Manager | Karius

Senior IT Manager

About Karius
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup focused on transforming the way infectious diseases are diagnosed. Combining Next-Generation Sequencing and proprietary data analysis, we can identify over 1,000 pathogens from a single blood sample with typical turnaround time in one business day. By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we’re helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, with a future vision of accelerating clinical trials, discovering new microbes, and reducing patient suffering worldwide.
Why Should You Join?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The company’s platform is already delivering unprecedented insights into the microbial landscape, providing clinicians with a comprehensive test capable of identifying more than a thousand pathogens directly from blood, and helping industry accelerate the development of therapeutic solutions. The Karius test we provide today is one of the most advanced solutions available to physicians who aim to deliver better care to many otherwise ineffectively treated patients. Our test is the result of some incredible work done by our scientists, statisticians, engineers, and physicians, all driven by the same mission. You, as part of the Karius team, will be able to see how directly your work has a life-changing impact on people, and at scale.

Position Summary
We are building and operating a unique technology stack of cloud infrastructure, services, APIs, and AI-driven data analytics pipelines to deliver life-saving results via effective experiences for healthcare providers in the highly complex infectious disease landscape. We believe the success of Karius products is driven by our unique technology, the elegance of the software and infrastructure, and optimized business operation processes. 

As the Senior IT Manager, you have the opportunity to envision and build an scalable IT infrastructure and operation in support of this impactful mission. This role is responsible for all aspects of IT infrastructure development and operation including network connectivity, service desk, SaaS applications, security and compliance.

This is a fully hands-on technical leadership role with potential for people management responsibilities in future. If you are a self-starter technical leader who can analyze the business needs, evaluate tools and technologies, build and rollout processes and systems, and provide support for your creation, this is the perfect role for you. People who have been away from the technical details for a while, require a big team to operate or not interested in rolling up their sleeves to do the day-to-day work will not be successful in this role.  

Reports to: VP of Engineering

Location: Redwood City, CA

Responsibilities Include
- Develops and communicates a vision and roadmap for an optimized and productive business operation at Karius based on the business objectives.
- Evaluates, recommends and drives the implementation and rollout of technology and tools based on the defined roadmap.
- Is responsible for operating a variety of business systems such as communications and collaboration, Finance, HR etc. 
- Leads the efforts across the company to standardize, harmonize and automate business processes to increase efficiency and productivity.
- Owns the system IT systems security and compliance. Partnering with the Security Officer, develops and manages security controls, disaster recovery planning, and implements technology training, IT & business policies and procedures.
- Ensures compliance with all applicable security standards including preparing all required compliance documentation for IT related audits, security assessments, and vulnerability remediation.
- Partnering with the engineering and R&D teams, identifies and implements solutions to facilitate the product release process.
- Develops, tracks and reports operational SLA and metrics.
- Monitors IT system operations, manages and resolves incidents according to the defined SLA Hires, leads and mentors talented IT professionals.
- Develops and maintains strong relationships with service providers and vendors to manage 3rd party systems and services.
- Develops and leads a service desk process to support on-site and remote users.
- Manages IT budget and expenses.

Travel: No travel required.

Physical Requirements
- Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is performed in an office environment.

Position Requirements
First and foremost, you are energized and motivated by the opportunity to build a world-class IT infrastructure and operation. You enjoy tough challenges in a super technical and collaborative environment that requires creativity and vision to effectively and efficiently address the needs of various users.

- Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related technical field.
- 10+ years of technical IT experience, including 3+ years of IT leadership.
- Working knowledge of networking protocols and hands on experience configuring and operating Network switches, routers, firewalls, Wifi access points etc. 
- Working knowledge and hands on experience with implementing security and risk management standards and frameworks (such as NIST, ISO 27001, GRC and HITRUST) and leading an incident monitoring and response operation.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in progressive responsibilities for testing, deploying, and supporting a variety of business applications (on-site and SaaS).
- Proven track record of rolling out and operating change management and user / customer facing support processes.
- Working knowledge and administration experience with communication and collaboration tools (e.g. G-Suite, Office 365), customer service and ticketing tools (e.g. Atlassian Suite, Zendesk), log management and SIEM (e.g. Solarwinds, Splunk), VoIP and Teleconferencing systems, identity management and directories (Okta, Google or Azure), enterprise level backup and recovery tools (e.g. Druva, Rubrik).
- Experience in healthcare or life sciences industry, and familiarity with related regulations, is highly desirable.
- ITIL, CISM, CISSP and CISA certifications are a big plus.

Personal Qualifications 
- Passionate, purpose-driven, and excited about Karius’ mission.
- Continuous improvement and automation mindset.
- Very organized and process driven.
- Mastered your craft yet eager to learn and grow.
- Demonstrated ability to tackle complex problems.
- Ability to work independently but also be an excellent team player.
- Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast paced (startup) environment.

At Karius, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees and are committed to honor and invest in the full diversity of people, in our hiring, recruiting and development of employees across the Company.  All qualified applicants for employment are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application due to a disability, please contact us at and we will accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.

Redwood City, CA