Director, Process & Product Development (Cell Culture Based Vaccines)

CSL Behring
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Jan 11, 2022
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Job Summary:

The Director, Process & Product Development is accountable for a team of scientists and engineers responsible for process development including cell culture, purification, virology and/or drug product.  The scope includes improving existing processes and developing next generation processes.  The Director, Process and Product Development will also be a key contributor to define and drive process development strategy, oversee functional laboratory activities, and build and develop a high performing technical team.

Major Accountabilities:

Process and Product Development:

  • Develops and implements the process development strategy as the key accountable leader and technical expert for a cell culture-based influenza vaccine antigen process (FCC) with a focus on improving productivity, reliability and cost control
  • Leads own multifunction team and collaborates with partner functions (i.e. Research, Analytical Development, Manufacturing Science & Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory) to deliver on FCC process and product development strategy
  • Is the technical subject matter expert in cell culture, purification, virology, and/or drug product accountable for leading technical teams developing process improvements and/or entirely new bioprocesses to increase FCC yield and process capability
  • Directs and integrates development projects across disciplines (cell culture, purification, virology, drug product) to deliver program goals
  • Responsible for developing and demonstrating process improvements (i.e. yield, process capability) and accountable for collaborating with Operations (Manufacturing Science & Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Validation) to drive implementation of improvements in manufacturing
  • Author key technical documentation including product and process development plans, contract development and manufacturing proposals, quality target product profiles (QTPP), and technical transfer plans
  • Writes technical content for CMC sections of regulatory license documents (i.e. IND, BLA)
  • Proactively identifies innovation opportunities in cell culture, purification and virology to enhance bioprocess development projects
  • Identifies collaboration opportunities and provides technical oversight of product and process development activities sub-contracted to 3rd party development and manufacturing organizations
  • Represent TD on cross functional R&D and Operations leadership teams to provide program oversight, define strategy, and drive adherence to project plans

People Management:

  • Responsible for project and program level leadership within TD and in cross functional project teams
  • Drives culture of safety, ensures team adheres to requirements, and identifies and implements improvements
  • Develops multifunction team strategy and structure, recruits’ personnel, and builds capability to meet FCC process and product development program goals
  • Maintains a state of compliance for team and self through regular review of training and implementing training curricula improvements
  • Provides ongoing performance feedback, technical guidance and mentorship to FCC process development team

Operations/Quality Support:

  • Partners with Operations to transfer processes into manufacturing, and provides technical support during key tech transfer and validation (i.e. process performance qualification) activities
  • Utilizes knowledge and experience in bioprocess development to provide technical support for production of drug substance and drug product in GMP manufacturing
  • Uses scientific and statistical knowledge to support product, process and testing related investigations and deviations including complaint, deviation, OOE and OOS investigations that require TD support


  • Produce high quality technical presentations for internal audiences including senior leadership to update on project/program technical progress

Minimum Requirements:


  • Postgraduate degree (preferably PhD) and / or extensive experience in relevant industry or academic environment – scientific and people leadership
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in biological drug discovery and / or development
  • Broad technical expertise in bioprocess design and development including cell culture and protein purification unit operations, ideally for production of vaccines
  • Experience managing teams of individual technical contributors (i.e. scientists, engineers) and direct reporting personnel in leadership roles (i.e. manager of managers) across multiple disciplines to deliver complex projects

Preferred / Ideal

  • Expertise in process engineering scale up and scale down principles and techniques, including development of scale down models representative of manufacturing
  • Experience in media and cell line development ideal
  • Experience in virology concepts and virus cultivation ideal
  • Experience in drug product formulation development and combination products
  • Working knowledge of analytical methods used for characterization of bioprocesses
  • Exploratory data analysis and statistical techniques including design of experiments
  • Writing content for technical documentation including product and process development reports, regulatory CMC license sections and presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex technical topics to a wide range of audiences with varying technical depth
  • Proven track record of demonstrating collaboration and influencing skills across the organisation at all levels
  • Demonstrated experience establishing and building a high performing team through recruiting and personnel development

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