Downstream Bioprocessing Expert

Highly Competitive
  1. Permanent
  2. Bioprocessing
  3. United Kingdom
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Posting date: 26 Mar 2019

ProClinical is advertising a vacancy for a Downstream Bioprocessing Expert position with an internationally leading pharmaceutical company. The organisation, which works across multiple therapy areas, is seeking for a driven and talented applicant to join their team in Cambridge. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a global company that is committed to science and integrity.

The Downstream Bioprocessing Expert will provide technical insight and leadership in the company's biological molecules portfolio, which covers proteins, fusion proteins, and monoclonal antibodies.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring, evaluating and maintaining performance of downstream manufacturing at CMOs.
  • Maintaining a strong working relationship with internal and external partners in the areas of trouble-shooting, technology review, and new product manufacturing implementation.
  • Maintaining technical familiarity with process and process equipment, process optimization evolution, and technical problem solving.
  • Reviewing technical documents, protocols, reports, summaries, batch records, and SOPs.
  • Preparing and reviewing regulatory documents in sections related to chromatography, filtration, and any other downstream processes.
  • Identifying, mitigating and if necessary, escalating project risks (quality, timeline, budget, scope) in downstream process development and manufacturing.
  • Delivering new science and ways of working to improve project deliveries, driving innovation, and engaging internal and external expertise.
  • Forming a network with experts in other departments in AZ and developing a strong scientific community.
  • Driving new science and innovation and securing new ways of working to improve project deliveries.
  • Engaging internal and external expertise as well as publishing in scientific journals.
  • Contributing to the wider scientific and business strategy for the department.

Skills and Requirements:

  • An MSc/PhD or equivalent in biochemical engineering, biochemistry, biology or related discipline.
  • Expertise in the development and manufacture of biological molecules.
  • Relevant biologics CMC experience in an industrial setting, including extensive experience working with external CROs and CMOs, with a track record of successfully delivered projects.
  • Knowledge of current GMP guidelines and familiarity with regulatory authority submissions (IMPD/IND/BLA).
  • Line of sight & preferably knowledge of the overall drug development process from Discovery through to Launch.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills and the ability to successfully manage multiple technical projects and priorities.
  • Detailed understanding of Biologics Upstream Bioprocessing, including cell line selection, process optimisation, scale-up and validation.
  • Proficient with any in-process analysis needed to evaluate cell culture and fermentation performance.
  • Experience assembling RFPs in collaboration with other functional leads; CMO identification; developing technical/quality agreements in collaboration with QA.
  • Experience of Technical Transfer of projects.
  • Demonstrable multitasking, project management, and execution skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including communication, presentation, persuasion, and influence.
  • Good organisational skills, including efficiency, punctuality, and collaboration in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.

To Apply:

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