Project Manager, R&D

  • Pivot Bio
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Mar 21, 2020
Full Time

Job Description

About Pivot Bio

Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the soil microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in agriculture.  Our first commercial product harnesses the power of naturally-occurring microbes to provide nutrients to crops. We are dedicated to providing new sustainable ways for farmers to improve yield as they work to help feed the world’s growing population.  Read/Hear more about Pivot Bio on OneZero or CNN.

Pivot Bio is looking for a Project Manager to join our Research and Development (R&D) team at our main lab in Berkeley, CA. This role will be instrumental in ensuring that the team can continue to meet its research goals in a timely and effective manner as its projects scale in size and complexity. This person will report to the Research Strategy team but will serve as a key point of communication and coordination for cross-disciplinary teams both within Pivot and between Pivot and external collaborators. The ideal candidate will have an education background in a scientific discipline, experience in project management, ability to manage complex stakeholder interactions, and curiosity about Pivot’s science and mission.


  • Driving forward multiple projects towards Pivot’s annual goals by providing tools, structure, visibility and support to help internal and external projects deliver against timelines and objectives
  • Assisting cross-functional project teams by serving as a point of contact and lead for supporting, capturing, managing, and tracking deliverables, pain points, and learnings
  • Proactively documenting and disseminating project information to relevant stakeholders across functional groups and project teams across all levels of the organization
  • Interacting with external development partners and serving as a point of contact for information and materials transfers between Pivot and its partners
  • Support for rolling up resource, budget and performance metrics by project
  • Becoming an expert in the Company’s core technology and assisting teams in research and development projects focused on Pivot’s guided microbial remodeling platform
  • Serve as a point of contact for coordinating communications between R&D and Agronomy for field trial planning (including protocol development and strain selection)
  • Provide insight for how OKRs and project management could overlay at Pivot.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a life sciences field with work experience in project management, OR Bachelor’s degree in business or related field with 5+ years’ experience working with scientific teams
  • 3-5 years’ experience in project management within a research organization supporting and enabling co-located, cross-functional teams and partners
  • A vision and passion for project/program/process management 
  • Strong communication skills, with a commitment to clarity, openness, and accountability
  • Strong organizational skills and high competence with computer skills - must know your way around spreadsheets, project management and other productivity/visualization tools
  • Experience managing complex stakeholder interactions with a flair for humor, candor and creative engagement
  • A desire to take risk, and a willingness to share successes and own mistakes
  • Must be proactive, creative and have a bias for solution-seeking

Desired qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a life sciences field
  • 5+ years’ experience in project management within a research organization
  • Experience supporting distributed teams

What we offer:

  • Competitive package in an early-stage, disruptive startup
  • Stock options
  • Health/Dental/Vision
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Exciting opportunity to work with a talented and fun team


Food & Agriculture  

Climate Solutions

Nutrient Management


51-200 employees  

Will sponsor Visa