Process Engineering Manager - Upstream Manufacturing Technical Services

Sanford, North Carolina, United States
Sep 10, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

As a member of the Gene and Cell therapy Technical Support Team located in Sanford, NC, the Upstream Process Engineer will play a pivotal role in the design, start-up, and verification of the Stage 2 GTx manufacturing and pilot plant facilities in Sanford, NC. The incumbent will review and approve user requirements and design specifications, support fit for use activities (FAT, commissioning, verification), and serve as an Upstream process subject matter expert.

During the initial phase this role will focus on supporting the Gene Therapy facility start-up, process transfers and process validation. Following execution of process validation, the scope of work will include process performance monitoring, support for change controls and deviations as well as identification of process improvements.

  • Actively contribute to scale-up, transfer and successful execution of robust gene therapy products for commercial manufacturing processes
  • Actively contribute to design of GTx commercial upstream equipment, design, and verification activities.
  • Partner with current team to ensure consistency between upstream unit operations between clinical and commercial processes.
  • Contribute to Project Technical Teams, communicate and collaborate effectively to ensure effective interactions with all stakeholder groups.
  • Designs technical and engineering studies, writes technical reports summarizing study results and generates necessary data to support change impact assessments during process transfer and investigations.
  • Authors process and equipment descriptions, process flow diagrams and risks assessments.
  • Author and contribute to the Upstream process validation plans, protocols, and reports.
  • Supports change management and implementation for changes to the manufacturing processes and associated systems.
  • Identifies potential process improvements projects. Leads implementation of process improvements projects and supports compliance driven projects that require technical support.
  • Benchmark and monitor process performance using statistical tools.
  • Mentor and train junior colleagues

  • PhD, MS or BS in Bioprocessing, Molecular Biology or related discipline.
  • BS with 5-8 years or experience or MS with 3 years of mammalian cell culture experience in biopharmaceutical industry
  • Process development or technical support for GMP manufacturing with single-use bioprocessing technologies such as WAVE bioreactor and XDR bioreactors
  • Strong mammalian cell culture expertise required, knowledge of other heterologous expression systems desirable
  • An in-depth knowledge of bioreactor operations and in particular perfusion cell culture highly desirable
  • Process Transfer and Scale up Experience in GMP environment
  • Strong leadership, organizational planning and project management skills, in addition to technical knowledge, is required to work with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Must be self-motivated and work with minimum direction
  • Excellent interpersonal effectiveness and communication skills (written and oral) are required in order to interface across management levels and departments

  • Preferred
  • Molecular virology/ engineering and production of recombinant viruses based on transient transfection
  • Perfusion cell culture experience

  • No unique physical requirements


-Remains organized &; positive in ambiguous and fast-paced, rapidly changing environment

-Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities, meeting deadlines, and working well under pressure and in ambiguous situations

-Ability to process complex information and make recommendations with incomplete data set

Ability to adjust work schedule to meet business needs - overtime, off shift, weekends.

Ability to travel- travel time may be up to 20% according to business needs.

Relocation support available

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 9 /24/2020
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus
  • Eligible for Relocation Package

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