Senior Manager, Standards Development

Job Locations US-MD-Gaithersburg | US-VA-Manassas
Role Type
Compliance & Quality Assurance
Job ID


The Senior Manager, Standards Development is responsible for leading a cross-functional program that sustains ATCC’s mission-critical priorities of quality biological and published laboratory, research, and translational standards. The Senior Manager, Standards Development, will develop, coordinate, manage, and execute plans related to existing standards products as well as establish a portfolio of new standards-related products. The Senior Manager will work with R&D, Content, Marketing, Operations, and other teams to impact the ATCC Certified Reference Materials program and biological standards. The incumbent will also work cross-functionally with subject matter experts at ATCC and externally as the Director of the ATCC Standards Development Organization, leading the development of accredited industry consensus standards. The Senior Manager, Standards Development will seek out, develop, and maintain a robust network of academic, government, and industry leaders to support the standards landscape that impacts ATCC’s scope of business across life sciences and other industries. The will serve as an internal thought leader and will influence the company in standards and standardization. The incumbent will be responsible for managing, motivating, developing, evaluating, and mentoring a team of standards managers on assigned projects in alignment with ATCC performance management practices and for actively supporting, complying with, and enforcing all ATCC corporate policies and procedures.    


The candidate for this role must work and think independently; duties of this position are to be completed under general administrative guidance.  Decision-making is a key component of this position, and the outcome of their decisions will have a significant impact on the overall success of the organization.  Functions are to be completed in a timely manner with acceptable quality.  Experience in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food science, or other life science related standard reference products, including chemicals, bioinformatics, and diagnostic devices highly preferred.


This is a hybrid role based in either Manassas, VA or Gaithersburg, MD. 


  1. Builds and executes a cross-functional program that evaluates, develops, and manages the ATCC Certified Reference Materials portfolio and other standards related products and services.
  2. Leads the ATCC American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, accredited standards developing organization that serves to convene private and public sector experts and stakeholders to develop collaborative standards.
  3. Develops and executes programs to foster awareness and convert stakeholder interest into action, contribution, and participation in standards.
  4. Identifies public and private market opportunities and develop plans to impact the standards-related market.
  5. Ideates and realizes new or improved programs that incorporates innovations and efficiencies that grow the ATCC quality standards mission.
  6. Serves as the ATCC subject matter expert in the development of biological material standards, genomic standards, and controls that can be utilized by customers to ensure authenticity and reliability in the life science industry.
  7. Coordinates internal subject matter experts in active participation and monitoring of ongoing standards development at U.S. and international industry, academic, and government standards bodies.
  8. Functions as a standards leader internally and externally at research conferences and other events.
  9. Develops roadmaps of emerging technology application areas for standardization readiness and impact. 
  10. Demonstrates leadership and sound judgement in recruiting, managing, mentoring and motivating staff and other resources to achieve goals. 
  11. Serves as an interface between ATCC and external entities for standards. This may include collaborations, strategic partnerships, and consortium-based relationships. 
  12. Partners and works effectively cross-functionally to ensure appropriate standards policy understanding, adoption, and execution across the company.  
  13. Communicates pertinent corporate and functional information to their team and ensures high quality project management and adherence to ANSI and other applicable rules.
  14. Communicates issues to management appropriately and in a timely manner to ensure timelines, budget and goals are consistently met.
  15. Develops, implements, and manages budget and workforce plans to ensure achievement of annual program and budget goals and objectives and maintenance of quality levels.
  16. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organizations’ policies and applicable laws.  Has authority either directly or through recommendations for employment decision to include selection, training, performance evaluations, counseling, promotions and terminations.
  17. Embraces the ATCC Mission, directives, and corporate goals


Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree and 10 or more years' experience, including 4 or more years' supervisory experience or equivalent experience.
  • Graduate degree in science, business, or related field preferred.
  • Previous professional experience as a Senior Manager, Manager, or other leadership position in 1) an accredited standards development organization; or 2) in industry biomanufacturing; or 3) in an industry, university, or federal biotechnology, biomedical, or biopharma innovation center focused on translational research and development; or 4) a membership organization with a standards development program.
  • Familiarity in material standards products, research standards, and translational standards (i.e. production/process standards)
  • Project management experience in industry, academia, or government.
  • Preferred experience in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food science, or other life science related standard reference products, including chemicals, bioinformatics, and diagnostic devices.
  • Demonstrated success in building intra- and inter-organizational partnerships with a large range of stakeholders from industry, academic, government, and non-government organizations; collaboration and consensus-building; and achievement of strategic objectives.
  • At least five (5) years of management experience. Experience in a matrixed organization is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Demonstrated expertise in materials and process standards life cycle, from development, publication, and revision.
  • Demonstrated ability to think innovatively, creatively and strategically.
  • Proven track record to problem solve and exercise sound scientific and business judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability in successfully applying innovative approaches within an organization.
  • Demonstrated skill in planning, decision-making and risk mitigation.
  • Ability to influence with and without authority.
  • Demonstrated skill in building internal and external relationships, communication and team building and dynamics.
  • Embraces change and is results driven.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage up and down, apply discretion, maintain confidences and demonstrate organizational savvy.
  • Solid leadership, personnel management, coaching, delegating and evaluation skills.
  • Strong commitment to excellence and a passion for cultivating strong cross-functional relationships and championing business growth.
  • Self-starter, motivated and takes initiative; strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills; able to work collaboratively with all levels of staff to resolve problems and external partners to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving and results.
  • Seek, learn, and apply new skills/knowledge to perform job responsibilities.
  • Attentive to detail with a high level of accuracy; exercise sound judgment and strong project management skills.
  • Resourceful, diplomatic and professional; deliver outstanding internal customer service while managing relationships; a can-do attitude and work style that supports teamwork, collaboration and positive relationships.
  • Adaptable; be able to shift priorities and focus as departmental and/or business demands change.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Position-relevant computer experience including Microsoft Office.
  • Follow all company safety practices, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and policies.




Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.





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