BioDot Inc Senior Leadership Team Opportunity
VP of Engineering — Based in Irvine, CA
BioDot is at the center of a “perfect storm” with new ownership and capital, two new products providing an entry to new markets, and a rocket ship launch into its new business plan from overwhelming COVID test demand.
Over the past twenty years, steady progress in the miniaturization of biological tests has enabled smaller patient samples, less reagent use, and higher speeds. The COVID pandemic, requiring billions of tests, has put huge pressure on suppliers of technology for manufacturing rapid, low-cost tests at the nanoliter and picoliter scale.
BioDot Inc, under its founder, has for decades been a leader in the evolution of technology for the liquid transfer of samples and reagents from microliter to nanoliter to picoliter volumes. The company supplies liquid handling components, assemblies, and integrated sample processing systems to test kit manufacturers, R&D scientists, and clinical labs worldwide. The current installed base exceeds 5,500 units.
In March of 2020, company ownership transitioned from the founder to a growth capital investment firm. Their goal is to provide a path for a new management team to expand market presence worldwide for existing rapid assay kit manufacturing systems and develop new markets for two new advanced technology products in the integrated system space.
The CEO’s first task toward that goal is to build a strong management team capable of growing the business to $50MM in sales and solid profitability over the next few years. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for the right senior manager who craves the challenges and rewards of building an organization and executing a strategic plan for rapid growth.
The dramatic need for COVD testing has given BioDot a fast launch into its growth strategy with sales roughly doubling in 2020. Senior managers that join the new team will face the simultaneous challenges of overwhelming short-term growth in existing markets and exciting opportunities in new markets with two fresh product lines.
The Vice President of Engineering will plan and oversee BioDot’s engineering activities including coordination of research and development, new products, product customization, and improvement activities, and the seamless transfer to manufacturing. This individual will lead a team of 7 engineers and staff, recruiting as the company grows. As a member of BioDot’s senior management team reporting to the CEO, the role includes a contribution to both strategic and day-to-day management of the business. The role includes putting new engineering processes and management tools in place and requires effective collaboration with Biodot’s other business functions including Product Management, Quality, Tech Support, Sales and Marketing, and Operations.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Working with the senior management team, develop and implement a long-term strategy to maintain BioDot’s leadership in the low volume fluid transfer market by bringing new technologies, software, cost efficiencies, and reliability to a robust product line.
Develop, direct and maintain a system to manage product development programs, including a rigorous review process, to meet product specifications, schedules, and budgets.
Develop metrics and reporting tools to communicate engineering activities and progress.
Implement a robust process to address performance and reliability issues and perform corrective actions quickly
Provide leadership to maintain a strong engineering team and a high performance, results-driven environment
Be a senior technical representative at events and meetings with major customers, suppliers, and trade organizations
BS or advanced degree in electrical or mechanical engineering
Meaningful experience in the design of successful products integrating mechanical function, electronic controls, and user-facing software.
Product development program management experience using tools and processes to specify, schedule, validate, and transition complex products to manufacturing.
Minimum of 10 years managing an engineering team in a high-tech, lean manufacturing environment, including a budget, people, goals, and intracompany relationships.
This position is located in our Irvine, CA site.
Founded in 1994, BioDot manufactures precision low volume fluid dispensing systems. Today with over 5000 units in the field BioDot is one of the leading suppliers of equipment in the diagnostic test market. BioDot’s portfolio of proprietary dispensing technologies and a wide range of platforms serves customers from R&D through high volume manufacturing in the industrial, diagnostic, life science, and medical product markets. Today BioDot holds over 26 global patents in the area of low volume dispensing and novel applications. BioDot is a worldwide company with offices in the US, China, and the United Kingdom. BioDot’s long-lasting relationships with customers is built on precision products and quality service around the world.