Manufacturing Supervisor - Downstream

Location
Durham, NC, US
Posted
Oct 09, 2020
Ref
5506
Hotbed
Bio NC
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Overview

Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science, starting with our proprietary gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, a Novartis company, is dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product is a proprietary gene therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of pediatric patients with SMA. In addition to developing a treatment for SMA, AveXis also plans to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

The Manufacturing Supervisor is responsible for organizing, managing, and continuously improving the manufacturing operations and process at the AveXis manufacturing site. This individual will be directly responsible for a team of BioProcess Engineers whose direct responsibilities include producing product on the manufacturing floor and troubleshooting equipment. The manufacturing supervisor will be the first line of contact to handle process and equipment deviations on the floor.

Areas of responsibility could include both upstream (cell culture), downstream (Purification), and fill/finish activities. Shift structure could include 12 hour rotating positions.

Responsibilities
  • Produce clinical and commercial material on an annual basis that meets the site's strategic objects and is compliant with cGMPs and safety regulations.
  • Point person on shift to assign/distribute the work and coordinate emergency situations.
  • Lead investigations as related to the manufacturing process. Author deviations, non-conformances, and CAPAs as required. Partner with Quality to address these issues effectively and compliantly.
  • Ensure documentation (batch records and SOPs) are accurate and updated as required.
  • This role is responsible for the accurate, safe, environmentally responsible, and quality compliant operations of the manufacturing process.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the operations performed in the production unit.
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Summarize shift progress via email at the end of the shift.
  • Exhibit safety leadership by example (e.g., utilize proper PPE when performing job functions).
  • Lead and mentor staff. Write performance reviews and annual goals, hold one-on-ones, and handle HR related matters.

Qualifications
  • Minimum B.S degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or related technical field, or equivalent industry experience.
  • A minimum of 5-8 years of experience in biopharmaceutical based GMP manufacturing operations including experience in cell culture, recovery, purification (TFF, chromatography), aseptic fill/finish with:
  • Solid knowledge of FDA regulations and GMP systems.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong technical writing ability required.
  • Ability to motivate and mentor peers, staff, foster a culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence. Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Project management skill set with experience in strategic/tactical planning, team building, and meeting budgets.
  • Experience with viral manufacturing and transfection a plus.
  • Must be able to lift over 35lbs.


The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.

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