Head of Manufacturing

At Geltor we design award-winning ingredients for the world's biggest consumer product companies. Geltor is looking for a HEAD OF MANUFACTURING to join our Operations team in San Leandro, CA.

Geltor is looking for a Head of Manufacturing to develop and execute the Company’s internal and external manufacturing strategy. The position is responsible for leading all functions within manufacturing operations. This role will require close collaboration with all functions of Geltor, including Research and Development, Operations, Finance, Quality, Marketing, Sales, etc. to deliver Geltor’s industry leading proteins on spec, globally. The Head of Manufacturing is also responsible for driving efficiencies and scalability within Manufacturing.

Key Responsibilities

- Own manufacturing strategy and build organization to profitably produce and globally deliver fermentation-based proteins at commercially relevant scales.

- Laser focus on delivering strong product unit economics through the development of key performance indicators (KPIs) and manufacturing objectives; establish and implement continuous improvement program for manufacturing costs, reliability and customer satisfaction.

- Manage day to day operations at CMO partners and lead negotiations of third-party agreements required to manufacture, store, package and ship Geltor products.

- Coordinate the generation, review, execution and completion of scope of work (SOW), corresponding purchase orders, invoicing and any necessary change orders at partner manufacturing sites.

- Establish and manage all required supply chain processes, packaging, storage and distribution facilities; oversee their operation to ensure quality and food safety and that products are delivered to customers in a timely and accurate manner while striving to optimize inventory turnover and minimize working capital requirements.

- Liaise with the Research and Process Development organization to develop scalable processes and ensure smooth process tech transfer to scale-up and manufacturing sites.

- Evaluate new product opportunities with Business Development to determine feasibility, product volumes and specifications, manufacturing processes and facilities, and target cost and pricing.

- Participate with management and sales to create and execute on the annual manufacturing budget and operating plan.

- Responsible for oversight of training/retraining of personnel to ensure compliance to SOPs.


- A BS in Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline. An advanced technical or business degree would be nice to have.

- 10+ years leading scale-up of in-house and outsourced commercial fermentation operations leadership, developing and commercializing technologies within consumer-packaged goods, specifically Cosmetics and Personal Care, Nutraceuticals and Food & Beverage.

- Ability to build and lead internal teams as well as develop and manage relationships with external partners including CMOs and suppliers.

- Experience managing or liaising with other operational functions including supply chain and logistics management, quality assurance and quality control, sourcing and procurement, and material and inventory management.

- Possess both commercial as well as technical orientation to effectively guide the company through its next phase of growth.

- Knowledge of and experience with cosmetic and personal care food regulations.

- Strong organizational skills with the ability to effectively prioritize and complete high-quality projects amidst tight timelines and competing deadlines; exceptional attention to detail.

- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to discuss complex technical concepts with a variety of audiences.

- A positive, open, and intellectually curious team player who embraces the challenges and excitement of an entrepreneurial business.

- Travel requirement: 25-50% travel.

- Enthusiasm for and commitment to Geltor’s mission.

Sounds interesting?