Associate Director, Technical

Lake County, IL, United States
Nov 22, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

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The Associate Director position within the Science and Technology organization is responsible for technical leadership in the development and commercial implementation of fermentation processes. The scope of projects includes improvements on commercial products/processes as well as the tech transfer of processes from other sites to Abbvie. Experience in fermentation engineering and process development is essential. In this position, you are expected to lead projects and manage a team of scientists/engineers to meet the project deliverables.

Key Responsibilities Include:


  • Demonstrate technical expertise in microbial fermentation process development and scale up from pilot to commercial manufacturing for small molecule and/or protein/peptide products.
  • Manage directly and through staff technical support (product and process expertise) of manufacturing operations for marketed products. This includes a range of activities, from development activities at lab or pilot scale, manufacturing problem solving, managing productivity targets and maintain quality/regulatory compliance.
  • Technical leadership of Tech Transfer projects from internal or external customers.
  • Advance scientific expertise within function. Proactively advises and shares knowledge and expert opinions with subordinates, peers, and senior management. Mentors and trains functional colleagues and assess current and emerging business challenges enabling functional goal achievement.
  • Conceptualize and implement novel approaches using combinations of engineering and scientific principles.
  • Established understanding of commercial manufacturing facility equipment and requirements to scale or transfer processes successfully.
  • Identify and implement process changes to improve product quality, qualify new raw material suppliers, and/or reduce processing costs in the manufacturing of currently marketed products.
  • Ensures quality and effectiveness of key results of major project plans within function through sound design, early risk assessments, and implementation of fallback strategies.



Biochemical engineering experience in the pharmaceutical API or fermentation related Industry with leadership responsibilities directing technical teams is required. Exhibits a thorough understanding of microbial fermentation derived APIs or similar products and a record of accomplishment in development and commercialization of marketed products. Understanding of cGMPs and marketing requirements related to API manufacturing.
The following combinations of education and experience are required:



  • BS degree in Engineering or Life Sciences fields and 10+ years of experience; or
  • MS and 8+ years of experience; or
  • PhD and 6+ years of experience.

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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