Director, Technical Operations

Location
Morris Plains, New Jersey
Posted
Jul 21, 2021
Ref
2322592
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Director, Technical Operations
United States - New Jersey - Morris Plains

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead’s therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company’s five core values. That’s because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible


Director, Technical Operations

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Specific Job Responsibilities

The Director, Technical Operations (“TechOps”) in the Process Development and Manufacturing (PDM) organization at the Morris Plains, New Jersey facility will have sole accountability for Upstream and Downstream TechOps. In this role you will be responsible for both upstream and downstream tech transfers, manufacturing support, and validation activities and for all internal drug substance manufacturing and drive process improvement related to tech transfer, operational support and technical oversight of manufacturing.

This position requires a strong scientific and engineering approach, established expertise in upstream and/or downstream processes, process engineering, process and equipment validation, and technology transfer experience. This position will also require establishing mutual respect, trust, and close collaborations with other support functions, and the ability to interact effectively at all levels.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

  • Leads the TechOps group responsible for both Upstream and Downstream technology transfer, manufacturing support, and validation activities for drug substance manufacturing at the Morris Plains, New Jersey site.
  • Oversee and manage process engineering as well as process, equipment, and computer system qualification/validation for the site. Develop and deploy performance management processes including meeting structures and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for these functions.
  • Responsible for continuous support to manufacturing including technical troubleshooting, root cause analysis, and shopfloor oversight and developing those capabilities within the team.
  • Drives business process improvements related to tech transfer, operational support and technical oversight of manufacturing. Ensures clear roles and responsibilities for all related functions involved in these activities.
  • Directs activities of the technical operations group including defining, planning and implementing projects related to scale-up, technology transfer, facility fit and/or process validation between sites
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in the manufacturing operation - including process robustness and Cost of Goods optimization - and uses sound scientific, engineering and management judgement in prioritizing and execution.
  • Participate on the site Continuous Improvement committee and co-develops the Improve Plant program to evaluate new opportunities with a risk-based and unbiased viewpoint.
  • Partners with Manufacturing Science & Technology, Quality, Regulatory and other technical functions to ensure project timelines, deliverables, and business operations are aligned and met
  • Supports regulatory inspections and authoring of relevant sections of IND, BLA and MAA filings
  • Ensures compliance to safety, business policies, laws and regulations applicable to the operations


Knowledge & Skills
  • Heavy bias for and experience with safety and especially process safety
  • Strong knowledge of biologics unit operations, processing parameters, design levers, etc.
  • Knowledge of ASME BPE
  • Able to devise a departmental strategy and drive the execution of this strategy
  • Knowledge of Situational Self Leadership and other leadership models
  • Demonstrated decision-making skills and problem-solving capability.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, structure and staff the organization in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Must understand CIP and SIP principles
  • Motivational skills a plus


Required Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering with a minimum of twelve (12) years of experience.
  • Experience in both stainless steel as well as single-use systems.
  • Experience with mammalian and other cell culture-based systems.
  • Experience working with common equipment, skids and vessel suppliers in the industry.
  • Experience in any of the following is highly preferred: Capital projects, commissioning, validation, automation or utilities.
  • Experience working in a GMP, commercial, biologics operation.


Preferred Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering is preferred.
  • Alternative degrees considered including Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biochemistry.
  • Lean Six Sigma certification.
  • An MBA.


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About Gilead

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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