Sr. Product Manager

Redwood City, CA (Hybrid)
Corporate Strategy – Product Development /
Full-time /
About Karius
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup that is transforming the way pathogens and other microbes are observed throughout the body.  By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, providing industry partners with access to the microbial landscape to accelerate biomarker discovery and clinical trials, discover novel microbes, to ultimately reduce patient suffering worldwide.

Position Summary
As the Senior Product Manager you will lead efforts focused on helping Karius build in vitro diagnostic products. In addition your role will support identification of market development opportunities within the infectious disease diagnostic space, proposing differentiating product features and services, and contributing to building a multi-year product roadmap. You’ll closely collaborate with Marketing, Medical Affairs, Customer Success, Program Management and Research & Development teams to champion the customer voice as well as internal and external stakeholders. We are looking for candidates with solid previous experience in Dx product management and a very strong technical background.

Why Should You Join Us?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The company’s platform is already delivering unprecedented insights into the microbial landscape, providing clinicians with a comprehensive test capable of identifying more than a thousand pathogens directly from blood, and helping industry accelerate the development of therapeutic solutions. The Karius test we provide today is one of the most advanced solutions available to physicians who aim to deliver better care to many otherwise ineffectively treated patients. Our test is the result of some incredible work done by our scientists, statisticians, engineers, and physicians, all driven by the same mission. You, as part of the Karius team, will be able to see how directly your work has a life-changing impact on people, and at scale.

Reports to:   Sr. Director, Product & Program Management
*This position is not open to agency support at this time. Agencies, please contact and not the hiring manager for inquiries.

Location:   Redwood City, CA or Hybrid

Primary Responsibilities
•  Working cross-functionally with R&D, Medical Affairs, Customer Success, Laboratory Operations, Clinical Operations, Engineering, Marketing, and Business Development teams to collect requirements and create/maintain a product roadmap that addresses clear business goals.
•  Leading cross-functional product development team.
• Overseeing the product development lifecycle, from concept to commercialization, ensuring timely delivery and quality standards.
•  Being the voice of the customer for internal teams while also understanding the needs of our patients and company’s business requirements.
•  Comprehending the regulatory environment that Karius operates in and ensuring that all systems meet or exceed these external requirements.
• Conducting market research and competitive analysis to identify opportunities and trends.
• Defining product requirements and specifications, ensuring alignment with customer needs and regulatory requirements.
•  Creating release notes and training materials as required for internal teams.

What’s Fun About the Job?
Karius is operating at the edge of what is now known to be possible in infectious disease diagnostics. With that, comes a wave of new and incredible challenges and opportunities. To deliver on that value, you will be tapping into some of the most advanced technologies, architecting and innovating where the current solutions simply don't suffice. You will get to see how much your work really matters.

Travel: Up to 5%

Physical Requirements
Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office environment.

Position Requirements
•  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required in a related field such as Biology/Medicine, a Master’s or PhD Degree in the sciences strongly preferred.
•  Minimum of 5 years of direct product management experience in the molecular diagnostics space.
•  Ability to translate and articulate complicated business problems into easily understood solutions and functional requirements.
•  Experience with Smartsheets, Jira, and Confluence.
•  Proven leadership capabilities including strategy development, effective decision making, and the ability to drive results.
•  Familiarity with the US healthcare system, CLIA, HIPAA, and CAP is preferred but not required.
• Proven experience with In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) products, including but not limited to instrumentation and kitting to market. 
•  Experience with user research, usability testing, and customer journey mapping.
• Strong understanding of the IVD market, including regulatory requirements and industry trends. 

Personal Qualifications
•  Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
•  Ability to thrive in a fast-paced startup environment and prioritize effectively.
•  Ability to work independently and be a self-motivator.
•  Detail oriented with excellent organizational and self-management skills.
•  Ability to perform multiple tasks, proactively plan, adhere to timelines, and have a creative approach to problem solving.
•  Display a curiosity for diagnostics / precision medicine and a passion about impacting patients’ lives.

At Karius, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees and are committed to honor and invest in the full diversity of people, in our hiring, recruiting and development of employees across the Company.  All qualified applicants for employment are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application due to a disability, please contact us at and we will accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. 

$160,000 - $240,000 a year