Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety

Umoja Biopharma

Seattle, WA, US / Remote
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences R&D/Engineering
  • Post Date: 06/02/2021
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  • Company Address: 1920 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101

About Umoja Biopharma

Umoja is advancing an entirely new approach to immunotherapy designed to retool a patient’s immune system in vivo to provide broader access to the most advanced immunotherapies and enable more patients to live better, fuller lives.

Job Description

About the job

Umoja Biopharma is a game-changing biotech start-up in Seattle focused on transforming the treatment of cancer with a novel integrated immunotherapy platform. Our vision is to develop off-the-shelf therapies capable of treating any tumor, any time. We are a diverse and growing team headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with a new manufacturing process development lab in Boulder CO. We are looking for innovative thinkers who are excited by groundbreaking science and technology, and passionate about squaring up to the challenges inherent to cutting edge drug development.  Umoja is looking to build a diverse employee-powered company with an inclusive culture. 

We at Umoja believe in the importance of stories; we are looking for great people to join our team to help us create more stories for ourselves, for you, and most importantly for patients and their families.  

Umoja Biopharma – Your Body. Your Hope. Your Cure.  

Position Summary

We are seeking a passionate, attentive and solutions focused Environmental, Health, and Safety Director with BioPharma experience in research and GMP compliant manufacturing settings. The individual will contribute to Umoja’s success by leading and ensuring a culture of world class safety for our employees. They will establish procedures and practices, training and education programs, and metrics to create, engrain, and measure Umoja’s safety. They will build strong relationships with Umojians to collaborate, challenge, and inspire a strong commitment to safety and compliance. The EH&S director will work effectively with regulatory agencies to ensure practices, procedures, and Umoja facilities are aligned with federal, state and local regulations and documented as such.  


Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Establish and document tools, practices, and procedures for safety and environmental compliance at Umoja locations 
  • Design and define training program and requirements for Umoja employees 
  • Create and report metrics on safety and EH&S compliance along with internal audit practices 
  • Collaborate with corporate operations and lab personnel to ensure safe, thoughtful and effective design of lab materials and personnel flow and practices 
  • Lead EH&S activities for the design and construction of a GMP manufacturing facility 
  • Coordinate with external contractors for the safe removal, and disposal of hazardous biological and chemical materials 
  • Actively evaluate policies and practices to reduce waste and lead the effort to promote environmental awareness 
  • Manage regulatory agency inspection, inquiries, contacts and reporting 
  • Identify, recruit, develop and retain qualified EH&S professionals to build internal Umoja team and execute best practices aligned with organizational strategy 

The successful candidate will have:

  • 10+ years experience in BioPharma EH&S role 
  • Professional certification and training including RCRA, DOT, OSHA, hazardous materials and health-related practices 
  • Experience developing and implementing safety, health, and environment strategy 
  • Strong background forming relationships with regulators 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide coaching and training to all levels of staff 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work well in a highly cross-functional team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize effectively

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