Director of Regulatory

South San Francisco, CA or Remote /
Legal & Regulatory /
Nobell Foods is creating cheese and other dairy products from plant-derived dairy proteins for the 99% of people who are unwilling to compromise on taste and price. Nobell is made up of a team of passionate scientists, explorers, and storytellers on a mission to radically change the way we make food, so it’s better for you, the animals and the planet.  We are backed by Bill Gates’ climate fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Robert Downey Jr. If you believe in our mission and  are excited about our work, we would love to hear from you!

Your Role:
You will lead all of the company’s regulatory efforts, including developing and implementing its regulatory strategy as it relates to both USDA/APHIS and the FDA. This includes drafting, securing, and submitting USDA/APHIS BRS permits and notifications for movement and release of crop material; overseeing regulatory matters of field trials; overseeing, coordinating and submitting regulatory submissions related to food safety to the FDA; and communicating with regulatory agencies.


    • Lead and manage the regulatory program for a range of genetically engineered traits and products in soybean as well as the food products made from those soybeans
    • Map out the regulatory framework and requirements for genetically engineered traits in development through to launch
    • Successfully interact with USDA/APHIS and FDA
    • Prepare and obtain permits and notifications for field release and movement of organisms and crop material
    • Contribute to the preparation of data packages to be submitted to USDA/APHIS and to the FDA
    • Be the company authority on and communicator of biotechnology regulatory policies in the United States (and other regions, as needed)
    • Oversee regulatory aspects of and maintain records related to execution of field trials
    • Manage shipment and receipt of organisms and crop materials
    • Manage internal regulatory inventory and documentation files
    • Conduct regulatory training for employees


    • An M.S. or Ph.D. in a field applicable to plant science
    • At least 10 years agriculture industry experience with responsibilities closely tied to regulatory efforts
    • Prior experience obtaining USDA-APHIS BRS authorizations and oversight of regulated field trials
    • Experience designing, managing and submitting data packages and dossiers to USDA/APHIS and FDA
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to understand and communicate complex scientific concepts and regulatory guidelines to regulatory agencies and internal multidisciplinary teams

Nobell Foods offers competitive compensation, generous healthcare, dental and vision plans, 401K and commuter benefits.

Nobell Foods is committed both to the health of our employees and to promoting a safe and collaborative workplace. Where permitted under federal and state law, all offers of employment will be conditioned upon new hires providing proof of vaccination, unless the individual qualifies for an accommodation.