Practice Lead, Enterprise Customer Success (Remote San Francisco, CA)


San Francisco, CA, USA

Full time

Apr 21

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Over the coming years, biotech will fundamentally rewrite the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy are dramatically changing how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. Biofuels and biomaterials are transforming the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the makeup of everyday objects. Crop science and synthetic biology are producing sustainable and ethical food. Benchling’s mission is to accelerate the research that propels us towards this reality, and magnify its impact, through modern software.

Every day, scientists around the world use Benchling’s applications, platform, & analytics in their efforts to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research. Our customers include pharmaceutical giants, leading biotechs, and the world’s most renowned research institutes.


Benchling is seeking an experienced Customer Success Leader with a background in Life Sciences and Enterprise SaaS. As a Practice Lead of Enterprise Customer Success, you will manage a team of Enterprise Customer Managers and have responsibility over a growing portfolio of Global Enterprise Benchling customers.

You must be a hands on leader who enjoys working closely with their teams and with their customers to drive meaningful adoption and customer advocacy. You must be able to think and act strategically as well as get into the details of our customer engagements, and our product. You will develop an understanding of Benchling’s solutions, and leverage your experience to guide our teams to establish meaningful adoption strategies, to focus on customer outcome realization, and to build processes that scale.

To be successful in this role, you must be comfortable with Life Sciences R&D processes and scientific concepts, and be able to speak confidently and build relationships with Scientific and IT leaders at leading Pharma and Biotech organizations. You must have experience leading a CS teams in a high growth enterprise SaaS environment. And you must be a proven leader who can drive a CS business from hiring and staffing, to managing and mentoring your team, to leading customer governance and renewal negotiations.


  • Build, lead and manage a rapidly growing, high caliber, team of Customer Success Managers and First-Line Managers. Manage team members directly as well as through first-line CS team leads
  • Direct the activities of the team through ongoing account management oversight, cross functional partnership development, and ultimately delivering high quality customer outcomes
  • Refine and build enterprise customer engagement best practices and processes, and identify opportunities to improve our CS operating model and tools
  • Develop relationships at senior levels in our customer’s organizations including with executive sponsors, key business and IT stakeholders, and project team leads
  • Act as the escalation point for customer issues, work with other teams throughout Benchling to develop solutions to problems, drive customer alignment, and be accountable for overall customer success and renewal probabilities
  • Work with the Global Sales and Customer Experience leadership teams on existing customer expansion opportunities


  • BA/BS or M.Sc. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Bioengineering or similar life science field with at least 2 years of experience in a lab or research setting. You must be able to quickly understand complicated scientific concepts and how they apply to the Benchling applications
  • Proven experience working with Life Sciences companies with an understanding of R&D processes and scientific concepts. Must be able to confidently interface and build trust with Director, VP and C-Level Scientific & Research IT leaders in leading Biotech and Pharma companies from day 1 on the job
  • 8+ years client facing SaaS Customer Success Management, software implementation, and/or consulting experience, with demonstrated success managing a large book of business (>$50M), from top 20 biopharma to high growth mid-market life sciences organizations
  • 3+ years experience building and managing teams of 5-10 people including managing other managers. Must be able to recruit, hire, lead and grow a high-functioning Customer Success team
  • Strong understanding of the ideal customer journey/lifecycle within large, global enterprises and a track record of cross-functional leadership
  • Independent, adaptable, and can thrive in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Excellent communication skills in verbal, written and presentation formats

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