Manufacturing Chemist/Operations Manager

Start Date

Immediate Opening


Ann Arbor, MI

Job Description

We are seeking a dynamic manufacturing chemist/operations manager to lead and grow the manufacturing team and contribute to other aspects of operations as needed.


  • Ensuring quality in manufacturing processes via current quality control systems, documentation review, inventory control, and proper training of new members
  • Generating the production schedule for the manufacturing team to meet external and internal needs for product(s)
  • Monthly inventory reporting of consumables and materials used in manufacturing as well as organizing the end of year inventory count
  • Inventory management: timely ordering of consumables and materials used in manufacturing, working with VP of Operations to ensure supply, reagents and consumables used within agreement scope
  • Scaling up manufacturing capabilities
  • Process improvements resulting in lower costs of goods sold
  • Development and incorporation of additional quality control systems as manufacturing capabilities and requirements grow
  • Interface with business development team to successfully incorporate custom manufacturing requests and partner agreements into production schedule
  • Lead weekly manufacturing meetings and report back to VP Operations on milestones, accomplishments, issues and concerns
  • Working closely with R&D to incorporate new protocols and formulations, coordinate testing of builds as needed
  • Play a major role in transition of new products from R&D to Manufacturing, and interfacing with marketing to ensure communication and milestones for new product launch completed
  • Commitment to a safety first laboratory environment
  • Willingness to step in and help with manufacturing as necessary


  • A background in chemistry, chemical engineering, and/or materials science
  • Excellent record keeping skills and high level of attention to details is required for success in this role
  • Good manufacturing practices and good documentation practices, including generating standard operating procedures, documentation review, and inventory control
  • Ability to clearly, accurately and effectively train new members in technical processes and on standard operating procedures
  • Desire to improve processes and step in to help wherever needed
  • Enjoy managing a small manufacturing team and leading the charge on the production schedule coordination
  • Startup business mindset, forward-thinking ability, and ability to manage up and down
  • Prior work with particle manufacturing, large scale mixing, and filtration processes
  • Prior work with bioconjugation techniques, organic synthesis, and assay development

How to Apply

Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc. offers a dynamic entrepreneurial working environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

For consideration, please submit a resume to and include the job title in the subject line. No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

About Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc.

Akadeum Life Sciences, a life science startup, is located in Ann Arbor, MI. Founded in 2014, Akadeum was established to create the simplest bioseparation products, and to fundamentally change the way that isolating cells and other biological targets is approached. Akadeum currently uses microbubbles for applications in cell separation and other related areas.

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