Director of Facilities

Job Location
Austin, TX

What we offer: Healthy catered lunches, Premium snacks and beverages, Onsite gym with cardio and weight-training equipment, Dog-friendly office, Game room with satellite TV, Onsite dry cleaning and alteration service with pick-up and delivery, Employee-organized sport leagues, Happy hours and BBQs, Generous employee referral program Our Opportunity: The Natera team consists of highly dedicated statisticians, geneticists, doctors, laboratory scientists, software engineers and many other professionals from world-class institutions who care deeply for our work and each other. Natera is on a mission to revolutionize the science. It’s true, we expect a lot out of our employees, which is why we hire intelligent, passionate, ambitious people and hold them accountable for adding value and keeping up with our rapidly growing company. If you have what it takes to be part of a brilliant, cohesive, and unstoppable team you will be very happy and have a great career here at Natera. For more information, visit               Natera is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Job Description

Natera is currently seeking a Director of Facilities in our Austin, Texas location.  Job Summary

  • We have an opportunity available for a Director of Facilities to join our team. The Facilities Coordinator reports to the Senior Vice President of Operations. 
  • This is a key leadership position providing direction and oversight for all Facility Services and assures the Mission, Vision and Values of Natera are represented in all decisions for the delivery of these services. 
  • The Facilities Director will be responsible for the Facilities, Office Management, and Employee Health and Safety (EH&S) teams. 
  • This position will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of facilities, building systems, facilities vendor management, lab facilities oversight and maintenance and due diligence of lab related SOPs.
  • The Facilities Director is also responsible for all regulatory and accreditation compliance requirements related to the buildings, systems, and various codes.  Dealing with large and small unexpected emergencies is a routine part of this position’s activities.
  • The Facilities Director provides the highest level on-site leadership of a team that continuously maintains assigned facilities in an efficacious, safe, comfortable, and visually pleasing condition, using the methods, tools, support, and oversight provided by the Natera Facilities team.  
  • The Facilities Director will interface with and support several other key functional areas at Natera such as Operations, R&D, EH&S and office administration.

 Responsibilities Facilities Management Support – 60%

  • Lead a group of managers and skilled technicians as well as outside contractors, in the maintenance and repair of systems including HVAC, refrigeration, electrical and electronic, and plumbing; in a manner that assures a high degree of reliability and safety.
  • Oversee office management team supporting space allocation (people/equip/inventory) and office expansion efforts
  • Oversee Employee Health and Safety team to implement and administer environmental, health and safety programs within the company. 
  • Maintain the professional public image and aesthetically pleasing appearance of the building(s) themselves.
  • Coordinate maintenance and project work with department heads and medical personnel as required.
  • Maintain records of completed planned and corrective maintenance tasks completed for the purposes of compliance and risk management
  • Manage the purchase of supplies, replacement parts, etc. in a productive and compliant manner. 
  • Oversee grounds maintenance, including lawn, parking lot, driveways, sidewalks, signage, lighting etc. with special attention given to the front and emergency entrances / canopy areas.
  • Maintain and routinely change flower gardens and other aesthetic features of the grounds
  • Lead and oversee small construction and renovation projects and solicit / review bids for any subcontract work needed.
  • Maintain the safe operation of the facility during projects of any size.
  • Interview, select, train, and evaluate supervisory and other skilled department staff
  • Enforce safety and quality standards for the department.
  • Maintain the professional appearance of all department spaces, regardless of their public exposure. 
  • Implement and maintain compliance with maintenance related policies and procedures of the company
  • Responsible for any other duty that may be assigned from time to time and any other activities required to maintain the efficacious, safe, comfortable and visually pleasing use of the ministry’s facility for the purposes of diagnosing and treating patients.
  • Develop and execute snow removal plan as needed.

Financial Management – 20%

  • Prepare and use budgets as directed
  • Oversee service contracts and periodically evaluate the financial impact of bringing service in-house through training, tools, personnel additions or changes, etc.
  • Manage the appropriate use of inventory management and purchasing tools.
  • Oversee use of purchasing tools and compliance with company purchasing policies and procedures.

Compliance – 10%

  • Implement and/or maintain Natera’s standard policies and procedures for accreditation and regulatory compliance. 
  • Ultimately responsible for the completion of all compliance-related PM, inspections, tests, and recordkeeping. 
  • Join and participate in safety and other relevant committees.
  • Follow policies and procedures of Natera’s regulatory and compliance support group.
  • Assures that the Statement of Conditions is prepared and submitted timely.

Administrative – 10%

  • Schedule department personnel in manner that best meets company and department’s needs.
  • Implement/manage Natera’s Facility Management policies and procedures.
  • Work in conjunction with leadership or appropriate committee in the implementation of Natera’s standard policies and procedures, especially where accreditation or regulatory requirements for the company are involved.
  • Attend/participate in appropriate committee meetings
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Facilities management or related field required
  • MBA and graduate degree preferred
  • 7-10 years of supervisory/management responsibilities required
  • The ability to effectively lead a team of managers, supervisors and technical staff
  • 3-5 years of healthcare facility engineering experience is preferred
  • Technical education and hands-­on experience in the following disciplines: HVAC design and engineering, electrical design, refrigeration design and operation, R/O water systems
  • Experience establishing and managing maintenance procedures, predictive, corrective and routine work requires coordination with outside vendors such as electricians, plumbers, HVAC mechanics
  • Must be flexible, be able to prioritize and plan work tasks, works well under minimal supervision, conduct independent evaluations, and initiate solutions.
  • Requires good verbal and written skills, the ability to effectively work cross-departmentally
  • Applicable certifications, licenses in some or all of the following: Facilities, EH&S, MEP, hazardous materials, project management.
  • Project management skills including coordination, communication, prioritization, troubleshooting, adherence to budget and completion goals, and recruiting resources
  • Travel – 20%
  • Demonstrates exceptional written/oral communication skills and public speaking expertise
  • A working knowledge of laboratory mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
  • An understanding of basic financial reports and the ability to perform financial analysis
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications and Google docs
  • Must able to respond to calls and emergency after­hours.

Additional Notes

  • Interfaces with the Laboratory Operations Manager on supporting functions such as overseeing regulated waste, asset management, assisting in lab moves, repairs, hook­ups, upgrades and space planning.
  • Interfaces with the landlord on building related matters and repairs, routing MEP maintenance schedule, coordinating service with landlord/vendors janitorial service, securing service bids and arranging contractors as needed with proper approval. 

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