Associate Director/Director, Cell line and Upstream Process Development

The position can be US or China location (may require travelling to China for US based)
Apr 28, 2021
Science/R&D, CMC
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Category:       Exempt

Department:  CMC/Manufacturing

Reports to Title:     Chief Manufacturing Officer


Position Summary

This position is responsible for managing cell line and upstream process development and subsequent manufacturing of biological products at contract manufacturing organizations. Management of CMOs and CROs is a critical aspect of the job and will include frequent visits to the contractors depending on the intensity of the ongoing activities. The role involves significant cross functional collaboration with other functions, including downstream, analytical, quality assurance and regulatory.


Essential Functions

These may include, but are not limited to, the following; other duties may be assigned:

•       Manage and support cell line development, MCB manufacturing and release

•       Manage and support upstream process development, scale-up, production and tech transfer of processes within or between CMOs.

•       Ensure all experiments and activities are documented appropriately to ensure full traceability of work performed at the CMO/CRO.

•       Contribute to preparation and submission of CMC portions of regulatory submissions and updates (IND, BLA, and post marketing commitments)

•       Will design, manage and support process characterization studies and develop control strategies for process validation.

•       Support process investigations and help determine root cause of excursions in clinical manufacturing.

•       Ensure that all processes are in line with health, safety, environmental and quality requirements including regulations, policies, applicable guidelines and procedures.


Education & Experience:

•       PhD in Biochemistry / Biology / Chemical Engineering, with 7+ years of biological process development and manufacturing experience with a strong record of achievement; or BS/MS degree and 10+ years of relevant experience.

•       Proven hands-on experience with mammalian bioreactors as well as centrifugation and depth filtration.

•       Demonstrated experience in tech transfer of a process from development to manufacturing or between manufacturing sites.

•       Previous team managing experience

Other Information

•       The position can be US or China location (may require travelling to China for US based)

•       Position may require working with biological and/or chemical hazards