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Senior Associate II, Tech Transfer (Upstream /Downstream)

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Oceanside, CA
Start date
Jun 26, 2022
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Job Description
Senior Associate II/Tech Transfer (Upstream /Downstream)

Gilead has a opportunities for an experienced candidate in Biologics Technical and Manufacturing Operations at our Oceanside facility in Southern California. We are seeking a motivated, team-oriented individual with expertise in cell culture operations and technical transfer of recombinant proteins. Reporting to the Director of Technical Operations, you will have the opportunity to participate in technology transfer of monoclonal antibody cell culture processes to internal and external manufacturing sites. We have needs in areas including: Cell Bank support, Upstream and Downstream.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Support internal Upstream New Product Introductions including; Facility Fit evaluation, Site-Specific Process Description authoring, Master Batch Record review/approval, Change Management ownership, review/approval of Automation updates, deviation resolution as well as providing continuous technical support on the production floor during manufacturing campaigns
  • Support Gilead biologics cell culture technical operations by enabling timely and successful technology transfer of upstream manufacturing processes to external Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs)
  • Ensure that appropriate process data are recorded and analyzed to monitor run-to-run consistency for Upstream operations across internal and CMO production campaigns
  • Work closely with Gilead's Biologics Quality and Operations teams and provide routine Technology Transfer progress updates to internal and external technical teams.
  • Collaborate with Gilead's Biologics Outsourcing group to ensure timelines, deliverables, and business operations are aligned and met in accordance with the Technology Transfer of molecules to CMOs.
  • Contribute to and/or lead technical investigations of process deviations and assessment of impact on product quality
  • Identify areas for improvement or optimization, lead implementation of best practices, and present data to applicable departments on the outcome of investigations or optimization initiatives
  • Coordinate or support implementation of new equipment or technologies internally and at CMOs
  • Support and drive yield improvements and process efficiencies
  • Contribute and/or lead cross-functional projects with limited direction

Knowledge & Skills
  • Demonstrates a commitment to compliance and a thorough knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication.
  • Able to work effectively in cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrates excellent technical writing skills.
  • Works on non-routine to somewhat complex problems, projects, and assignments where analysis of data, procedures or operations requires evaluation of multiple factors before acting.

Education & Experience
  • A Bachelor's Degree in a relevant scientific discipline and a minimum of six (6) years of experience OR a Master's Degree in a relevant scientific discipline with a minimum of five (5) years of experience.
  • Understanding of cGMP requirements for clinical and commercial manufacturing, data capture/management and process monitoring/trending.
  • Experience with monoclonal antibody cell culture production including equipment and operations from thaw through harvest.

Preferred Experience
  • Biologics experience with alternative modalities, expression systems, antibody design variants, and/or viral vaccines.

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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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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. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Australia.

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