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Office Manager

Oxford Biotrans is a spin-out company from the University of Oxford pioneering the commercialisation of biocatalytic processes for the production of high value speciality chemicals.
Based at our office at Milton Park, the successful candidate will ensure the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis with responsibilities to include:
• Provide administrative support for the CEO and all staff
• Be the first point of contact for the company (phone, reception etc.)
• Organise and coordinate meetings and travel arrangements for all staff
• Maintain online and paper administrative systems using a variety of Microsoft Office packages
• Oversee order processing/receipt and dispatch of goods as required
• Maintain the office space in good order/arrange repairs/liaise with the landlord when required
• Maintain and expand our supplier network/manage service providers/ensure the office is a great place for all to work
• Deal with correspondence both outgoing and incoming
• Maintain the company’s HR function/update personnel records/arrange interviews/inductions
• Ensure confidential information employees is kept secure to avoid potential conflicts
• Use online financial software and keep financial records organised to facilitate audit processes
• Ensure a positive impression is given of the organisation at all times
• Ensure the office culture is maintained and developed
• A variety of tasks outside the main role as the company continues to grow and develop

The Person

• Experience as an office manager/PA/receptionist/administrator, organising and coordinating senior teams
• Experience in a customer-facing role and in meeting and negotiating with suppliers would be an advantage
• Excellent organisational skills, efficient and tenacious with a good eye for detail
• HR experience or CIPD HR qualification desirable
• Self-starter who can quickly take the initiative in problem solving
• Professional and confident with the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English language) and numeracy skills
• Computer literate, good level of proficiency with MS Office suite
• Basic knowledge of book-keeping (accounting software and general accounts principles) would be advantageous

Please send a CV with a covering letter to Katie Cook via katie.cook@oxfordbiotrans.com


Oxford Biotrans Limited is an Equal Opportunities employer that is happy to welcome applications for any applicant who fulfil the role requirements for this position.

 
 

Manager, Biotransformation Discovery

Oxford Biotrans is a start-up company pioneering the commercialization of biocatalytic processes for the production of high value specialty chemicals. The company seeks to appoint a manager with industrial experience of developing biocatalytic processes, who will take a lead in the early-stage development of processes employing our patented P450 enzymes.

The Role

Based at our new facilities in the Oxford area and reporting initially to the CEO, the jobholder will have a keen interest to define and lead programmes of R&D that will target specific biotransformations. The work will involve hands-on screening of enzymes, evaluation of process options and development of processes to bench scale. The role will entail leadership of a small team of junior scientists (1-3 people) and require a close liaison with peers responsible for (i) design and expression of new mutant P450s and (ii) PR&D for transfer of bench-scale processes to pilot plant and beyond.
Typical for all start-up companies, there may be a variety of other tasks outside the main role specification that the jobholder may need to undertake at the request of the company to help move this early-stage business forward. For an outstanding performer there should be the opportunity to grow the role as the company develops.

The Person

• Scientist with qualification (PhD) in appropriate technical area, probably chemistry, and several years industrial experience in development of biocatalytic processes
• Experience in synthetic route development and screening of enzymes for biotransformation of organic substrates and in evaluation of process options for addressing specific challenges associated with enzymatic reactions.
• Some appreciation of further process scale-up would be seen as an advantage
• Experience with analytical techniques such as GC, HPLC, GC-MS, HPLC-MS is desirable, as is purification (e.g. by preparative chromatography) and characterisation (e.g. by NMR) of organic compounds.
• Experience of some or all of the following would be seen as an advantage:
• whole-cell as well as cell-free biotransformations
• prior experience with cytochrome P450
• prior experience of working in the flavour/fragrance industry
• Good project management/organizational skills and experience in managing/supervising junior scientists
• Ambitious and keen to develop/continue a career in industrial biotechnology
• Self-starter who can quickly take the initiative in problem solving
• Professional and confident, with the ability to work equally effectively as leader or team member
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English language)
• Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK

To discuss further, please forward a CV and covering letter to Katie Cook via info@oxfordbiotrans.com
Oxford Biotrans Limited is an Equal Opportunities employer that is happy to welcome applications for any applicant who fulfil the role requirements for this position.