Nulixir is looking for a highly qualified and experienced professional to lead Nulixir’s in-house end-to-end manufacturing operations. You will partner closely with Product Development, Sales, Procurement, and Commercialization functions to deliver premium quality product to our B2B customers in a timely and cost-efficient manner as well as continuously identify ways to improve our manufacturing operations as we scale-up over time.
You should be highly experienced in the ingredient manufacturing, and/or food & beverage CPG manufacturing operations. The ideal candidate has immense intellectual curiosity, operations rigor, quality-focus mindset, metrics driven approach, and strong technical and quality control background. In this role, you will directly report to the COO.
In this important role, you will be responsible for:
A: Manage day-to-day manufacturing operations (including labor) as well as develop and execute robust plans to meet customer orders in timely and cost-efficient manner
Oversee the day-to-day operations of Nulixir’s only in-house manufacturing located in Austin including developing a daily production plan and ensuring daily operations goals are realized
Manage a growing team of Technicians, Production Engineers, and Production Operators (currently 2 full-time employees but expected to grow to 4-5)
Develop plans for all aspects of production including equipment purchases, staffing needs, work schedules, and material requirements
Manage an annual capital spend of ~$1M+ and annual operating budget of ~$1.5M based on projected revenue of $4M+ from manufacturing in 2023
Design, implement, and manage production forecasting, capacity planning, and production scheduling based on prioritization of different customer orders in partnership with Commercial team and ensure orders are met in a timely fashion
Evaluate multiple scenarios during production planning for utilization of equipment and labor and ensure the right scenario is chosen along with robust back up plans
Ensure a healthy and safe manufacturing environment for all employees in compliance with federal and state regulations
Collaborate with procurement and supply chain to plan raw materials inventory to ensure timely availability for production
Develop a thorough understanding of process flow and key controls of the manufacturing processes; use this knowledge along with daily observations of all areas of the operations facility to drive continuous improvement of throughput and yield
Design and implement new manufacturing processes and procedures to improve efficiency and reduce costs
Establish a system to monitor all variable and fixed costs (e.g., raw material, labor, utilities, etc.) linked to manufacturing in partnership with Finance
Design and implement SOPs providing production instruction for all formulations including make-to-stock and made-to-order runs
Establish a metrics-driven performance management system across cost, service, safety, quality; provide weekly report on performance across established metrics
Build a robust preventative maintenance plan for all manufacturing equipment and order new parts in timely fashion to minimize downtime driven by equipment issues
Build the operations org capability and hire world class talent
Develop internal talent with effective coaching, feedback, and individual development plans and ensure multiple employees are trained across manufacturing process to drive consistency in manufacturing output and minimize dependency on individuals
Create and implement critical role succession plans
B: Scaling up of manufacturing operations to meet growing customer demand
Devise strategy to scale up operations and implement new extraction and production lines to consistently to grow Nulixir’s manufacturing capacity supporting sales growth in a cost-efficient manner
Maintain our partnerships with key vendors and 3rd party contacts for manufacturing related equipment and procedures
Determine right timing to move to ERP systems and lead implementation to maximize return on investing in such a system
Identify potential partners for outsourcing our manufacturing as we continue to expand
C: Establish a seamless process for scaling up production of new products from bench-top to large-scale production
Collaborate cross-functionally to evaluate and establish accurate COGS and timelines for new product launches
Conduct feasibility test of scaling up production for new SKUs as part of product development process in partnership with Commercialization team
Develop robust SOPs for end-to-end manufacturing process for each new product being produced for first-time; leverage learnings from bench-top scale
D: Establish world-class quality systems and processes within manufacturing as well as ensure Nulixir is compliant to various critical regulatory frameworks
Define quality standards (including both quality control and quality assurance) across our manufacturing (bench top to large scale) and setting up systems and processes to meet those standards
Establish robust metrics-driven system to measure quality of each batch and develop processes to meet defined goals for these metrics (e.g., particle size, PH, etc.)
Develop systems and capabilities to meet required regulatory and labeling requirements for customers
Lead processes to obtain GMP, Organic, and other relevant certifications for Nulixir’s manufacturing facility
Maintain relevant quality and regulatory certification on an annual basis
$120 - $140K plus bonus
Stock Options (after initial employment period)
A unique and diverse company culture, shaped by people with commitment, sense of responsibility, risk-taking and discipline
An excellent start-up work environment, flat hierarchy, and short decision paths
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
Annual Performance Bonus; and
We recruit, promote, and reward based off of our five core values:
Sleeves Up- At Nulixir, we provide the autonomy and creativity needed to own your role, iterate where needed and drive impact on a massive scale.
100% Transparency - Nulixir is passionate about open feedback at all levels of the company. This allows us to fail fast, create in real time and build an open company culture.
Be Defiantly Great- We are defiant, that’s in our lifeblood, we accomplish what other people think are impossible. Challenging the status quo is our lifeblood.
Unconditional Empathy- Our customers are real people with real business needs, and we are here to listen and tackle accordingly. If we care and respect each other, there is no challenge we can’t overcome.
Be the solution, not just the critic - take ownership and drive collaboration. We work together and we build together.
A minimum of 10+ years of experience in manufacturing operations with at least 5+ years of that experience in food & beverage, food B2B, or other industries with adjacent manufacturing processes
Worked in a variety of manufacturing roles, including quality control, production, maintenance, purchasing, inventory management and logistics
Any relevant certifications related to manufacturing operations and / or quality control preferred but not a requirement
Experience leading end-to-end manufacturing operations for a single or multiple facilities
Establishing new manufacturing systems, processes, and operations (e.g., experience in setting up new facilities)
Overseeing key vendor and 3rd party relationships
Strong experience in establishing and maintaining a world-class quality organization within food and beverage
Training and knowledge of metrics and data-driven approach to managing performance and decision-making process to evaluate manufacturing performance across quality, safety, cost and service
Experience with rapidly growing, fast paced businesses and / or start-up experience; need to have a good understanding of start-up culture and mentality
Collaborative work style with colleagues across functions, partners, and external support resources to analyze and draw actionable conclusions that impact manufacturing operations and related costs
Strong research, and data analysis skills with ability to connect the dots, draw insights and make recommendations.
Ability to clearly communicate findings and to support conclusions and recommendations.
Self-motivated, organized, and resilient – with ability to define goals, prioritize workplans and overcome obstacles.
Experience in managing proprietary and confidential product portfolios with utmost discretion
Comfortable working at both a strategic and tactical level
Strong verbal and written communication and reporting skills
Ability to find creative solutions to complex problems
Entrepreneurial and self-starter
Thrives in an ambiguous environment with limited datapoints
Self-motivated, high energy and collaborative work style
Nulixir is a business-to-business (B2B) nano biotechnology company that develops, manufactures, and licenses intellectual property (IP) for smart nanocarriers, called nanovesicles, which optimize the performance of functional ingredients in food & beverage products. These specialized food-grade nanovesicles are engineered to mask functional ingredients’ flavors and tune their performance in the body. Nulixir’s products are available in both solid powder and liquid concentrate formats which can be incorporated into a wide variety of food & beverage products.
Founded in 2019, the company brought a together a team of CPG leaders, scientists, US attorneys, and nutritionists to overcome long-standing challenges in the Food and Beverage Industry. The firm’s founder has extensive experience in the development of nanocarriers for cancer therapeutics. Transferring that knowledge to F&B production, the company’s highly insulated nanovesicle technology uses GRAS (generally regarded as safe) ingredients.
The company’s proprietary food-grade nanovesicles resolve prevalent issues associated with incorporation of functional ingredients including poor taste, limited bioavailability, slow ons...et, uncontrolled release kinetics, product stability, and shelf-life longevity. With several patents in hand, and more pending relative to the process and structure and ingredient base for the nanovesicles, Nulixir possesses compelling insulation and a competitive advantage.
We recruit, promote, and reward based off of our five core values:
· Sleeves Up - At Nulixir, we provide the autonomy and creativity needed to own your role, iterate where needed and drive impact on a massive scale.
· 100% Transparency - Nulixir is passionate about open feedback at all levels of the company. This allows us to fail fast, create in real time and build an open company culture.
· Be Defiantly Great - We are defiant, that’s in our lifeblood, we accomplish what other people think are impossible. Challenging the status quo is our lifeblood.
· Unconditional Empathy - Our customers are real people with real business needs, and we are here to listen and tackle accordingly. If we care and respect each other, there is no challenge we can’t overcome.
· Be the solution, not just the critic - take ownership and drive collaboration. We work together and we build together.