Vice President of DNA Lab Operations

Job Location
Provo, UT
Job Description

 Job Description

The company is seeking a visionary, motivated and accomplished VP of Lab Operations with significant hands-on experience building and operating a global, high throughput CLIA-certified molecular diagnostic laboratory. This newly created position is a senior, visible and influential position within Ancestry. The position is both technical and strategic in nature. The VP of Lab Operations will be responsible for managing the entire supply chain and third party suppliers (including CLIA laboratories), as well as to define and develop new highly automated supply chain and molecular diagnostic techniques to improve efficiency, reliability, scale and overall cost of operations. The individual will work closely with a team of VP-level executives with expertise in areas such as Medicine, Product Development, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Engineering and will be responsible for the direction, strategy, and planning and execution of the company’s laboratory and manufacturing operations. 



  • MS in life sciences field required, Advanced Degree in Life Sciences a plus.
  • Minimum of 10 years of practical experience in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Clinical Research, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Built a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) lab, including New York certification
  • Minimum of 5 years managing and operating a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) lab
  • Proficient in FDA and international regulations.
  • Experience with molecular diagnostics.
  • Experience with supply chain and operations.
  • Experience with large scale/volume laboratory throughput.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable domestic and international (US and International) regulations and requirements. 
  • Experience within the medical industry with knowledge performing their function within the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Quality System Regulations (QSRs), International Organization of Standardization (ISO). 
  • Ability to take strategic direction and establish efficient and compliant processes throughout the organization and has strong communication at all levels.
  • Excellent management skills and demonstrated success in negotiation

  Additional Information

Ancestry ( Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records, genetics and health history to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2 million paying subscribers across its family history websites and approximately 1.2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 16 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products including Archives, Fold3, and AncestryDNA sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, and the AncestryHealth product, offered by its subsidiary, LLC.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related thereto), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law. The Company also makes reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees with qualifying disabilities who request them and who otherwise meet the requirements of applicable law. If you would like to request an accommodation during the application process, please contact our Director of Recruiting.   

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law. For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.

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Company Description

AncestryDNA ( ), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ancestry, is the largest and fastest growing direct-to-consumer genomic company. A team of scientists leverages pedigrees, documents, demographics and genomic information to conduct novel research in population genetics. These innovations are translated into consumer products that provide users fascinating insights into their family history, including ethnic origins and genetic relationships with other in the database. AncestryDNA is currently offered in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. In 2016, AncestryDNA will launch a fully international product. Since launching in May of 2012, AncestryDNA has amassed a database of about 1,200,000 genomes. 

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