Operations & Resource Manager

The company
LAVA Therapeutics B.V. (LAVA) generates and develops next generation γδ T cell engaging bispecific antibodies for the treatment of cancer. LAVA started its operations in 2017 and is advancing its proprietary platform and pipeline of bispecific therapeutic antibodies, building on cutting-edge research originating from the VU University Medical Center / Cancer Center Amsterdam. The company is now located at the Science Park in Utrecht and at the Agrifood Plaza building in Den Bosch. Expanding our team with new, talented employees is key to LAVA’s future success. We are currently looking for a

Operations & Resource Manager

The position
The Operations & Resource Manager (ORM) takes care of all non-scientific aspects of managing the research teams with a focus on people, performance, processes, planning and budget. Together with the research leader, the ORM is responsible for the output and development of individuals and teams.
The Operations & Resource Manager (ORM) is responsible for people and performance management and all operational tasks with respect to the budget and planning process. The ORM takes responsibility for the recruitment process and training and onboarding of new employees. They connect the operational side of lab management, both at department level but also across departments. The ORM takes responsibility for enhancing the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and quality of the operational processes and initiates improvement. They oversee the implementation of operational processes and ensures a smooth operation of the labs in the department (i.e. compliance, safety, training). The ORM coordinates the organization of departmental meetings and participates in projects related to development of organizational processes. The ORM works closely together with the Scientific and Technology Experts, contributes to the development of a workforce that perfectly matches the business needs and to the creation of optimal conditions for the Expert teams.


The ORM keeps an MSc degree (or comparable) in Life Sciences or a related field and has

  • more than 5 years of experience in people and process management in a bio-business setting, preferably in small/mid-size companies
  • experience in people and performance management
  • experience in budgeting process
  • experience in managing internal improvement projects according to timelines and budgets
  • a can-do mentality and the ability to multi-task
  • experience in working with MS Office software (Project, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • fluent in written and spoken English.

The offer
A full time position. A set of excellent labour conditions. A permanent position after one year of temporary contract and a positive appraisal. Salary and benefits according to biotech industry standards. The location of the position will be at LAVA’s office in Utrecht.

Working at LAVA
LAVA Therapeutics B.V. offers an attractive set of labour conditions, recognizing and rewarding its talented and motivated employees. This includes the ability to work together with a group of highly experienced leaders and professionals, who all have a track-record of success in their field of business and in Life Science industry. We offer flexible working hours, a premium-free pension plan, 30 paid vacation days, opportunities for growth and development and a professional working environment, in which hard working is balanced with fun.

Our Core Values
Our company culture is built on five important Core Values: Innovation, Teamwork, Results-orientation, Flexibility and Fun. We understand that innovation is at the heart of what we do. We drive the ability to innovate and we all have a strong awareness about emerging scientific and business opportunities. We work closely as a team, have a constructive and collaborative mindset and we put the common interest of the company above our own individual interest. We have a strong orientation on results, we meet agreed goals in a timely and efficient manner, and we deliver on our promises. We are flexible, adapt well to changing circumstances and work well under pressure. Finally, we all contribute to a safe, professional and enjoyable workplace in which people are treated respectfully and diversity is embraced.

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a cover letter to hr@lavatherapeutics.com referring to the Operations & Resource Manager vacancy.

Acquisition related to this vacancy is not being appreciated.

Your application and related information will remain strictly confidential.