Shire Principal Scientist, Cell Banking in Lexington, Massachusetts

This individual will be a member of the group responsible for developing GMP cell bank manufacturing processes for clinical and commercial programs; defining appropriate characterization activities for evaluation of production cell banks and cell lines, and managing cell banking activities throughout the program lifecycle.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing technical leadership in developing GMP cell bank manufacturing processes, characterization and testing strategy

  • Identifying and driving technical innovations leading to improvements of production cell lines and cell banking processes

  • Building strong collaborations with cell line development, cell bank manufacturing, quality control and regulatory groups to align activities to rapidly advance Shire pipeline

  • Drafting/reviewing the content of relevant the CMC sections of regulatory dossiers, supporting regulatory queries and inspections.

  • Providing input into organizational policies and guidance documents related to cell bank life cycle management

  • Mentoring and enhancing staff performance

Responsibilities

40%

  • Development related work and associated documentation

  • Identifies the objectives of cell banking group

  • Oversees the timely development, characterization testing of cell banks, communicates with the departments involved

  • Manages preparation of internal documents, reviews SOPs, study reports project summaries in the area of cell culture process development, cell banking and testing

30%

  • Regulatory support

  • Authors relevant CMC sections of US and international re gulatory submissions and addresses post-registration questions

  • Serves as subject matter expert for regulatory inspections in the areas of cell banking process, cell bank and cell line characterization and testing

  • Designs and directs the studies to address post marketing commitments

10%

  • Evaluation of new technologies

  • Provides technical leadership in the pursuit of new technologies for improvements of cell line performance as well as cell banking process with the ultimate goal of rapid generation of clinical material meeting quality targets

20%

  • Organization support and cross functional responsibilities

  • Works with the manager to identify and drive group’s goals; coordinates/leads the activities of cross functional project teams, and interdepartmental teams. Serves as a liaison and provides PDB input to cell line development function

  • Effectively leads, trains and mentors group of direct reports

Education and Experience Requirements

  • PhD in Biological Sciences or Engineering degree; > 8 years of relevant experience including 4-6 years the industry

  • Proficiency in regulatory requirements for drug development and cell banks manufacturing and testing

  • Excellent writing skills including authoring regulatory filings are required.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Knowledge and industry expertise of advanced scientific principles, practices and standards to biologics process and product development

  • Current scientific knowledge and latest technologies in areas of cell line development, cell banking and cell culture process development

  • Knowledge and understanding of the regulatory guidelines and working experience in the GLP and GMP environment

  • Ability to deliver results consistently and effectively

  • Ability to communicate across all levels of an organization and efficiently coordinate activities with both internal and external customers.

  • High degree of self-motivation

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing business conditions

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Independently defines his/her assignment objectives based on the input from management, designs and directs experimental strategies to be carried out by others. Makes sound and timely decisions on deliverables and resources based on corporate and functional priorities

  • Independently leads the design and execution of studies to troubleshoot issues encountered during development or GMP manufacturing.

  • Provides high quality drafts of relevant CMC sections of regulatory filings and submissions addressing post-registration questions; proposals for development and research projects, publications in field of expertise. Reviews/approves documents such as protocols, memos, data summaries, reports and procedures

  • Presents at department and cross-functional gatherings, project team meetings and external meetings.

  • Works with management to review progress and strategy in meeting team objectives.

Internal and External Contacts

Sr. Director, Upstream Development and his staff

Quality Control staff

Global Regulatory staff

Vendor

Contract Manufacturing Organizations

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