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Director - External Manufacturing at

Director - External Manufacturing

Redwood City, CA (Onsite) Full-Time


Codexis is looking to hire a Director of External Manufacturing

About Codexis

Codexis is a leading enzyme engineering company leveraging our proprietary CodeEvolver® technology platform to discover and develop novel, high performance enzymes for three healthcare industry pillars: pharmaceutical manufacturing, life sciences, and biotherapeutic discovery & development. The enzymes we produce solve for real-world challenges in manufacturing RNA and small molecule pharmaceuticals, in genomic sequencing, and in drug discovery & development.

At Codexis, we all share a common drive to discover and develop bio-based products and enabling solutions that improve the health of people and the planet. To meet this goal, we look for individuals who are driven, eager to grow, and ready to embrace meaningful challenges. We empower employees to be authentic and ambitious, with the agility and courage to take action where you can make a positive impact no matter what your role.

Come and join us on this journey of making the world a healthier place!

About the Opportunity

Codexis uses a network of external manufacturing partners to produce our novel enzymes from grams to metric ton scale, for applications in genomics, nucleic acid synthesis and pharmaceutical manufacturing applications.  Additionally, we are entering new areas in our outsourced supply chain, involving the immobilization of enzymes and the enzymatic production of functionalized nucleotides as raw materials for the GMP synthesis of antisense oligonucleotides.  We are seeking to hire a highly motivated technical leader with business and project management acumen to join our team as Director, External Manufacturing

If any of the below describes you, we would love to meet you!

  • Do you enjoy leading cross functional project teams to solve technical and business challenges in support of sustaining and expanding production capacity?
  • Do you enjoy building internal/external partnerships?
  • Are you passionate about manufacturing products with the ability to improve the quality of life, in diagnostic and therapeutic applications?

In this role you will:

  • Own and manage all relationships with external manufacturing partners, ensuring strong inter-company cooperation between technical, operational, quality and regulatory teams. 
  • Work with business and operational leaders to define future manufacturing requirements and identify, screen and select external partners with appropriate capabilities.
  • Screen and onboard new C(D)MOs, including management of the RFP, negotiation and contracting processes, in close collaboration with the legal and commercial teams. 
  • Project manage technology transfer projects to external development and manufacturing partners, coordinating resources from both inside and outside Codexis to ensure scope is well understood and deliverables are met, on time and budget, and that products are manufactured appropriately to enable successful commercialization. 
  • Work with external partners to evaluate costs of both up front technology transfer projects and ongoing production for new projects to support business case evaluations.
  • Work closely with program management, process development and business teams to drive on-time completion of external scale up projects and commercialization of Codexis products.
  • Prioritize external resources and projects to best meet project deliverables and once executed, manage smooth handover of commercialized products to the Supply Chain and Fulfilment team.
  • Collaborate closely with commercial leaders and product/program management to ensure the external manufacturing supply is right-sized and has the right capabilities to appropriately mitigate supply chain risks and support the medium to long term growth of diverse businesses within genomics, nucleic acid manufacturing and pharmaceutical small molecule manufacturing.
  • Work with Codexis subject matter experts in HSSE, Quality and Regulatory to ensure the safety, security, quality and regulatory compliance of selected contract manufacturers, including ensuring appropriate agreements are in place to manage and maintain such compliance.

To be successful in this role, your background and experience should include:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in the Life Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or equivalent.  Advanced degree preferred. 
  • 10+ years' experience in the Life Science or Pharmaceutical industries.
  • Experience leading cross functional teams, including project management and alliance management.
  • Excellent business judgment and strategic and critical thinking with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in contract negotiation and review including RFP’s and supply agreements.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of enzyme development and/or fermentation processes desired.
  • Experience and detailed understanding of manufacturing quality systems, including at least one of ISO-9001, ISO-13485 or GMP.


The anticipated salary range for candidates who will work in Redwood City, CA is $190,000 - $240,000. And competitive bonus. The final salary offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and length of experience within the job, type and length of experience within the industry, education, etc. Codexis is a multi-state employer and this salary range may not reflect positions that work in other states​.

Why join Codexis?

At Codexis we offer a very competitive compensation package and beyond excellent benefits! We foster career growth, continued education and upskilling through our mentorship program and learning and development opportunities. You will learn and work alongside inspirational leaders and colleagues who are equally passionate about our mission and committed to fostering an inclusive, growth-centered, and rewarding culture. Diversity is valued and mutual trust is of paramount importance to the ethos at Codexis. The people, the culture and working with others with a common goal is what makes Codexis a great place to work. For more information, visit .

What can Codexis offer you?

  • Full benefits on your first day
  • 100% match on 401k (up to 4%)
  • Life insurance 3x your salary
  • Company equity program – stock and RSUs offered for new hires and annually
  • Generous PTO
  • 15 company paid holidays                      in addition to PTO
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Back up child/dependent care


  • Commuter vouchers
  • Student loan assistance and student debt program
  • Flexibility within a hybrid on-site/off-site working model for this position
  • Internal mobility
  • Volunteer time off
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Legal and tax support program




Codexis is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status.

For more information about our plans for the future, and to be considered for this career opportunity, please visit /careers.



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