Senior Director / Director, Manufacturing

San Diego, CA
Jul 09, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


Fate Therapeutics is seeking an experienced and highly motivated manufacturing leader responsible for oversight and operation of the companys cGMP clean room suites. The successful candidate is expected to plan and prepare for production, schedule tasks, and assign duties to operators to meet the production schedule, assess production records and meet release timelines. This position will be responsible for safety and compliance and demonstrate expertise and knowledge in executing processes across a variety of production activities related to Fates cell therapy clinical trials. This person will ensure adherence to written procedures (SOPs) related to housekeeping, monitoring of equipment and facilities, and manufacturing of cell therapies internally at Fate. The successful candidate demonstrates expertise and technical leadership in cGMP compliance and an in depth understanding of process flow with the ability to make decisions based on that experience. This position will manage activities across multiple departments to troubleshoot complex and non-routine equipment events, communicate effectively, initiate, assess and close deviations, review production batch records and logbooks. This is a full-time position reporting to the VP, Manufacturing, and is located at our corporate headquarters in San Diego, CA.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Interviews, hires, coaches, motivates, and develops staff as needed. Sets performance objectives and development plans. Monitors performance, progress, conducts annual performance reviews for all direct reports, and recommends advancements for operators when appropriate.
  • Ensures the safety of the work environment and the safety of the patients by compliance with company procedures and policies, and cGMP requirements.
  • Leads/supports new cGMP facility validation and tech transfer at our corporate headquarters building.
  • Ensures the schedules of the people, facility, equipment, materials, and documents are established and maintained to support the capacity/throughput of the facility.
  • Identifies and mitigates risks in manufacturing operations that could negatively impact delivery of safe and effective therapies to patients.
  • Designs and operates manufacturing systems that are technically sound, promoting effective and efficient operations, and complying with cGMP requirements.
  • Provides leadership support during trouble shooting of equipment, operation and processes.
  • Leads/ supports deviation initiation, investigations and closure. Participates in cross functional project teams, supports technical transfers with relevant teams/ individuals.
  • Ensures deviations, CAPA, change controls, process transfers, and other business drivers are supported.
  • Reviews and approves documents, including standard operating procedures, batch records, material specifications, and validation protocols and reports.
  • Optimizes use of raw materials, equipment and personnel in producing quality products; Point person for technical and compliance issues and liaison with internal groups (QA, QC, Regulatory etc.) to facilitate issue resolution.
  • Possesses excellent equipment understanding, including understanding equipment function and application. Understands biotechnology processing, the purpose of unit operations, clean design and behavior, and microbial control concepts, including aseptic technique.


  • Bachelors / Masters degree in relevant science or engineering discipline with a minimum of 10 years of leadership experience in cGMP biologics manufacturing; biotech or cell therapy manufacturing preferred.
  • 5+ years supervising manufacturing staff in a management role.
  • Knowledge of cGMP regulations and FDA guidance applicable to biologics and cell therapy manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated experience building and leading exceptional teams.
  • Self-motivated, excellent time management, organizational, and proven problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple products, prioritize objectives, and manage resources to achieve established deadlines.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Will require working with cells and cell lines
  • Will require working with hazardous materials
  • 100% on-site work at corporate headquarters in San Diego, CA
  • Evening and weekend work as necessary

The preceding job description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. Additional and incidental duties related to the primary duties may be required.

About Fate Therapeutics, Inc.

Fate Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of first- in-class cellular immunotherapies for patients with cancer. The Company has established a leadership position in the clinical development and manufacture of universal, off-the-shelf cell products using its proprietary induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) product platform. The Company’s immuno-oncology pipeline includes off-the-shelf, iPSC-derived natural killer (NK) cell and T-cell product candidates, which are designed to synergize with well-established cancer therapies, including immune checkpoint inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies, and to target tumor-associated antigens using chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). The Company’s pipeline also includes ProTmune™, a pharmacologically modulated, donor cell graft that is currently being evaluated in a Phase 2 clinical trial for the prevention of graft- versus-host disease in patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplant. Fate Therapeutics is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit