Sr. Operations Specialist | Karius

Sr. Operations Specialist

About Karius
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup that is transforming the way pathogens and other microbes are observed throughout the body.  By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, providing industry partners with access to the microbial landscape to accelerate biomarker discovery and clinical trials, discover novel microbes, to ultimately reduce patient suffering worldwide.
Position Summary
The Sr. Operations Specialist will be responsible for helping Karius to scale and mature critical processes in, shipping and receiving and materials management, office maintenance and administration, and business continuity and disaster preparedness. This person will partner closely with the lab, procurement, accounting, and quality management.  A strong candidate for the role is familiar with a laboratory facility who thrives on creating order and helping improve systems and processes for scale.
Why Should You Join Us?
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.
Reports to:  Program and Operations Manager
Location:  Redwood City, CA
Primary Responsibilities
•  Primary contact for receipt of deliveries, ensuring quality of packages and routing packages to recipients. 
•  Provide strategic recommendations and lead implementation for optimizing efficiency, accuracy, and safety/compliance of S&R and materials management. 
•  Process goods received into the Karius accounting system.
•  Maintain stocked packing station, pack items for outbound shipment and arrange shipment of packages (via regular courier, freight, hazmat, international).
•  Partner with procurement, quality control and other teams to periodically audit and help design process improvements.
•  Keep storage and inventory areas clean, organized and presentable.
•  Assist with site design improvements and coordination of additional construction / equipment installation, as needed. 
•  Coordinate installations and removals of large/bulky lab or office equipment.
•  Respond to office alarms, as necessary. Ability to remain on call after hours. 
•  Execute emergency generator checks and supervise maintenance schedule and repairs. 
•  Assist with facilities business continuity and value stream risk mitigation projects as necessary. 
•  Manage vendor pickups of hazardous and biological waste (training provided).
•  Manage external vendors to perform minor repairs and other services.
•  Help provide strategic recommendations and assist with maturing operational documentation and other standard operating procedures as needed. 
•  Interface with the landlord’s maintenance staff.
•  Track, manage and complete minor repairs independently.
•  Assist with budget forecasting and purchase order management, as needed. Pro-actively identify and communicate opportunities for cost savings and improved vendor performance. 
•  Coordinate moving desks, chairs, and tables as office furniture needs change.
•  Maintain kitchen and office supplies, order and assist with lunch set up.
•  Be the eyes and ears of the facility and escalate issues as needed.
•  Assist with facilities related security and administration.
•  Help provide facilities orientation and onboarding to new hires.
•  Greet and host guests, as needed.
•  Work on special projects, as assigned.
What’s Fun About the Job?
Karius is operating at the edge of what is now known to be possible in infectious disease diagnostics. With that, comes a wave of new and incredible challenges and opportunities. To deliver on that value, you will be tapping into some of the most advanced technologies, architecting and innovating where the current solutions simply don't suffice. You will get to see how much your work really matters.
Travel:      No travel required.
Physical Requirements
Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office, lab or clinical environment. The ability to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. Comfort working with basic hand tools, and ability to perform simple building repairs.
Position Requirements
•  Minimum High School diploma, AA/BA preferred.
•  Minimum 5 years’ experience in operations / facilities.
•  Previous experience with a lab facility / laboratory materials management strongly preferred.
•  Experience coordinating external vendors and suppliers (custodial, security, consumables, furniture).
•  Experience with DOT/Hazmat shipping is an asset.
•  Experience preparing shipping documentation.
•  Ability to remain on call during off-hours to triage and address after-hours office emergencies as needed.
Personal Qualifications
•  Ability to respond quickly to a shifting reality and adjust initiatives and priorities accordingly
•  Organizational skills and the flexibility to jump from priority to priority, which is essential to a role that juggles a variety of functions and projects
•  Strong commitment to quality and compliance; experience with anticipating and comfortable with intercepting issues that may arise. 
•  Experience managing risk and triaging issues in order of relative urgency and importance. 
•  Passionate, purpose-driven, and excited about Karius’ mission to save patient lives.
•  Detail oriented with exceptional organizational and time management skills.
•  A proactive approach to understanding, improving, and implementing systems and processes that improves quality and efficiency.
•  Good communication skills, comfortable engaging with all levels of the organization.
•  Commitment to learning and interest diversifying responsibilities as the company grows.
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