Bristol Myers Squibb Company

Associate Director, Cell Therapy Engineering and Support

Bothell, WA, United States
Aug 28, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients' lives through science.In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.


The Manufacturing Science and Technology (MSAT) Cell Therapy Engineering and Support team at the Juno Manufacturing Plant's (JuMP) in Bothell, WA is responsible for maintaining the site's Right to Operate, enabling excellence in manufacturing by providing technical support to the production organizations while driving continuous production improvements, and collaborates with site and global partners to transfer, implement, file, and license new products/processes while maintaining existing products/processes. The Associate Director, MSAT Cell Therapy Engineering and Support manages a team of process engineers responsible for monitoring, troubleshooting, and improving cell therapy unit operations, provides strategic and technical leadership both within and outside of the site, establishes site-specific support and technical transfer best practices, and assures on-time completion of his/her team's deliverables. This position reports to the Director, MSAT.

  • Lead team of process engineers with varying levels of experience from entry level to senior/principal engineer
  • Effectively manage Cell Therapy Engineering and Support team in the following areas:
    • Immediate resolution of emergent production issues including troubleshooting on a 24/7 basis
    • Support for deviations and investigations
    • Identification and implementation of immediate corrective or preventative actions to ensure continued compliant operation
    • Support and/or lead identification and implementation of near- and long-term changes including root cause analysis, and ownership/sponsorship of CAPAs
    • Support and/or lead a change controls related to product/process improvements and product lifecycle
  • Establish Frontline Support and site-specific CMC/technical transfer best practices, strategies, and maintenance/management of these processes
  • Establish and implement site process monitoring/continuous process verification strategy to ensure processes are performing as expected
  • Identify, prioritize and drive continuous improvements and other readiness operational maintenance activities that reduce safety risks, operational costs, lead times, and scrap/discrepancy rates across all aspects of production.
  • Promote problem identification and the creation of meaningful solutions through a culture of proactive problem prevention
  • Partner with global and site functions to define, conduct risk assessments, transfer, file and license new products/processes at the site
  • Engage in strategic and purposeful discussions to ensure stakeholder alignment when executing CMC lifecycle activities
  • Partner with Quality Assurance in maintaining high compliance standards
  • Interpret and relate Quality standards for implementation and review
  • Provide input to revised and new site-specific as well as global policies and procedures
  • Influence and review technical content within the CMC sections of regulatory filings
  • Maintain the team's constant state of inspection readiness
  • Function as a primary contact for internal and Health Authority audits and driving audit observation corrective actions to closure
  • Serve as MSAT representative on cross-functional and multi-site teams
  • Build and maintain effective collaborative relationships across the site and network, influencing site and network product/process life cycle programs
  • Be an active and visible change agent, promoting flexible and open mindsets to new opportunities. Exercise sound judgment and flexibility while adapting to rapidly changing priorities, challenging situations, and deadlines needed to meet business objectives
  • Based on department, site, and organization goals, establish, monitor, and drive to completion MSAT Cell Therapy Engineering and Support team's annual goals
  • Effectively motivate and mentor team members thereby enabling their career growth
  • Retain and develop key talent through timely performance discussions, annual performance evaluations, and individual career development plans
  • Establish and track team's performance metrics, provide progress reports to stakeholders

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • BS/MS in Engineering or Biotechnology related field


Basic Qualifications:
  • 12+ years relevant experience in cGMP environment for Biologics/CMC/Vaccines
  • 5+ years managing direct reports with varying levels of experience
  • Thorough understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices as they apply to bioprocess manufacturing
  • Knowledge ICH guidelines Q5E, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q11, Q12, and Q13
  • Experience leading a high performing team driving an environment of collaboration, timely and effective communications, a sense of urgency in order to achieve immediate and future goals
  • Experience representing technical operations during internal as well as US- and international-specific health authority audits, particularly pre-licensure inspections (PLIs)
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to make sound decisions when allocating resources and managing team's priorities
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally both in writing and verbally

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with cell therapies highly desired

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.