Manager External Manufacturing

Redwood City, CA
Apr 18, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Adverum is looking for a Manager, External Manufacturing to join our team in our Redwood City office. This position reports into the Director, External Manufacturing.  The Manager, External Manufacturing, will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations at Adverum’s contract manufacturing organization(s)s (CMO) and activities related to the GMP production of early and late phase clinical materials. When feasible, this position will act as the Person-in-Plant (PIP) during production runs. This role is primarily focused on CMO(s) for AAV/gene therapy drug substance and drug product manufacturing. As programs advance, the role will may also be responsible for managing commercial supply at CMO(s). This role will also be responsible for working with internal quality, supply chain and process experts for the oversight and coordination of activities related to scheduling, manufacturing, quality, finances, supply chain and regulatory.
What you'll do:
  • Manage and oversee operations at CMO to ensure manufacture of Adverum products on-time and meeting quality, compliance, and applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Lead and facilitate the meetings between the CMO(s) and internal team members.
  • Ability to build trust and positive working relationships as Person-in-Plant at the CMO(s).
  • Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal stakeholders (QA, QC, Process Science, SCM, etc.)
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of Quality Management Systems. Ensure timely closure of deviations, investigations, CAPA, and implementations at CMO.
  • Establish and ensure adherence to MSAs, SOWs, and other manufacturing agreements. Track CMO related activities and deliverables relative to budget and Company objectives.
  • Effectively communicate changes and resolve issues with CMOs.
  • Proactively develop, manage, track, and improve CMO performance. Set milestones and monitor KPIs. Report out CMO Manufacturing updates.
  • Lead and/or participate in cross functional manufacturing projects to ensure Adverum objectives.
  • Responsible for the timely execution of Technology Transfer plans to CMO in preparation for clinical trials and commercialization.

About you:
  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline with 5+ years of experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. Master's degree preferred.
  • Experience in clinical development stage projects required with additional experience in commercial manufacturing and supply chain management a plus
  • Proven track record of managing CMO GMP production operations and budgets
  • Proven ability to effectively develop, communicate, and gain support for execution plans with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of cGMP Quality Systems including change control, discrepancy management, CAPA, lot release and validation
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Project management experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Prior work experience with AAV/gene therapy highly desired 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment that will require management of several competing priorities while driving all projects forward and meeting program/project deliverables
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive leader.
  • Ability to gown into and work in clean rooms.
  • Up to 20% travel, both domestic and international

About Us
Adverum is a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in ophthalmology and rare diseases. Adverum develops gene therapy product candidates designed to provide durable efficacy by inducing sustained expression of a therapeutic protein. Adverum’s core capabilities include clinical development, novel vector discovery and in-house manufacturing expertise, specifically in scalable process development, assay development, and current Good Manufacturing Practices quality control.

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