Head of Lab Operations, COVID-19 (Temporary) at Color
Burlingame, CA, US

Recently named Rock Health 'Best Digital Health Company to Work For,' Color is the leader in delivering advanced healthcare through clinical genetics. We make precision health programs accessible, convenient, and cost effective for everyone. Color partners with leading health systems, premier employers, and national health initiatives around the world including the million-person All of Us program by the National Institutes of Health.

Color recently launched a high throughput CLIA-certified COVID-19 testing laboratory integrated with public health tools. The testing facility, based in Burlingame, CA, processes samples from hospitals and public health authority testing efforts, with a near-term goal of performing 10,000 tests per day. The testing platform connects supply to demand through an integrated software platform for public health agencies to manage risk screening, test ordering, results delivery, case management, contact tracing, and public health agency case reporting. Color is also establishing scientific collaborations with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Weill Cornell Medicine to develop and openly share technology. The goal of the collaborations is to directly increase COVID-19 testing capacity, introduce new testing technologies, and share protocols that can help labs across the U.S. scale testing capacity more rapidly. 

The Head of Lab Operations will provide leadership to the laboratory team to guarantee operational stability in a high-volume, rapidly-expanding clinical environment. Oversight responsibilities will span sample intake, sample processing, and sequencing facilities.


Maintain continuity of operations - ensure inventory, supply chain, facilities, equipment, instrumentation are sufficient and functional to support the volume of testing in the laboratory

Work with various teams such as production, RND, supply chain, tech transfer, facilities to grow and scale the operations rapidly. Some tasks involve space planning, capacity planning, mapping out workflows, budget management, involvement in procurement

Hire and manage a team of operational personnel who maintain the facility and operations

Create and implement solutions to streamline processes in the laboratory to improve efficiency, reduce wastage, improve safety. Work with vendors to ensure instruments/facilities are serviced as needed

LM manages production staff, and does training, where the Lab Ops is more focused on do we need inventory, ensure we have the equipment and ensure sufficient supply to operate/ facilities 


Consistent track record in a clinical or manufacturing biotech environment

Clinical laboratory experience preferred

Extraordinary verbal and written communication and social skills

Color is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. Color prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Color conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.