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Process Engineer/Scientist - MSAT

EPM Scientific
San Francisco, CA
Closing date
May 15, 2022

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Role: Senior Process Engineer

Location: Brisbane, CA

Type and Length: 12 month Contract w/ extension and conversion possibilities

Reports to: Associate Director, Cell & Gene Therapy Formulation and Fill/Finish

Department: Technical Operations - Formulations & Fill/Finish

  • The client is seeking a highly motivated individual with experience establishing and supporting drug product (DP) manufacturing facility and process. The fill/finish facility will be used to manufacture best-in-class viral vector and cell therapy DP.
  • The candidate will be responsible for assessing, strategizing, developing, implementing, and supporting end-to-end DP infrastructure and processes based on the facility and product needs.
  • This includes assessment of novel production facilities and tools such as modular DP filling, single use systems and components, ready-to-use primary packaging systems, small-scale models for process design, characterization, and validation, and process analytical capabilities to enable a robust facility and process for clinical DP production.
  • We are looking for a candidate who is versed with the latest technological developments and insights in the cell and gene therapy manufacturing industry.
  • The candidate is expected to drive project milestones in a fast-paced matrix organization with strong negotiation and interpersonal skills to develop close working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • The candidate should create a positive work atmosphere with strong team spirit, effectively communicate, motivate, and inspire teams to excel in achieving short and long-term goals.

  • Work closely with other engineers (site, mechanical, structural, electrical, chemical etc) to assess, install, qualify, and verify/validate a modular DP filling system with associated DS compounding and filtration containers and components
  • Collaborate with the downstream process development group to ensure a smooth transition from purification and final formulation production steps to fill and finish activities
  • Design and execute process development, characterization, and validation studies to support fill/finish infrastructure and process requirements to support the production of pipeline genomic medicinal products for clinical supply and resupply
  • Lead scale up and technology transfer of products across internal and external manufacturing sites.
  • Author, review functional and cross-functional process characterization/validation protocols, multivariate studies, reports and drive timely execution with quality oversight
  • Provide on-going fill-finish manufacturing support including MAR support, process capability analysis, and impact assessments during quality investigations to ensure product and process health
  • Lead teams to generate production SOPs and other related guidance documents and templates
  • Contribute to the compilation and review of master batch/production records, change controls, standard operating procedures, and guidance documents
  • Author regulatory section in support of investigation new drugs (IND) and marketing application submissions
  • Manage, train, and supervise contractors and consultants if needed to drive program milestones and deliver organizational goals
  • Provide strategic guidance to the team in leveraging QbD tools & RRF strategy to take informed risk and accommodate accelerated timelines
  • Motivated to work in a challenging environment requiring innovative solutions, quick decision making, prioritization of competing priorities, and ability to listen to others in a respectful way
  • Drive innovation and strategic agility to build a futuristic vision and work packages for cell and gene therapy DP process development

  • Ph.D. in chemical or biomedical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, biochemistry, or related discipline and a 2+ years' experience in industry. Will consider BS/MS with 6+ years of experience. Level will be dependent on educations., skills and experience.
  • Experience in the assessment, installation, and qualification of DP production equipment and associated consumables and components following cGMP requirements
  • Experience in designing and qualification of unit operations such as freeze/thaw, pooling/mixing, filtration, filling, capping, visual inspection, packaging etc.
  • Experience with biopharmaceutical product and process development, process-engineering, aseptic fill/finish operations and cGMP knowledge.
  • Experience in QbD methodologies and statistical analysis using JMP or Minitab
  • Excellent analytical and communication (oral and written) skills are required
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a cross-functional organization and to meet team objectives
  • Self-starter, solution oriented with collaborative mindset and strong executive presence with strategic and analytical mindset

  • Previous experience with gene and cell therapy products is a plus
  • Experience with regulatory filings and HA communications is desirable
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