Senior Manager / Associate Director, Technical Services

Highly Competitive
  1. Permanent
  2. Senior/Director & VP
  3. Germany
Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
Posting date: 13 Feb 2019

ProClinical is proud to be the exclusive partner of an innovative Biotech company that specialises in gene-based research for the appointment of an Associate Director of Technical Services based in Frankfurt. This company has three programs in late-stage clinical development and multiple programs in early-stage clinical development and are growing impressively across Europe and the US in anticipation for this remarkable progress.

The Associate Director will be responsible for technical on-site activities with the manufacture of oligonucleotide drug substances at the company's manufacturing partner. This is a diverse and challenging role, encompassing everything from supporting on-the-floor manufacturing activities, validation readiness activities, deviation, change control, and CAPA championing to contributing to regulatory submissions. Providing strong scientific leadership and hands-on support for all aspects of technology transfer, process scale-up, process monitoring, and process troubleshooting of drug substance manufacturing activities, the Associate Director will collaborate with the local company Quality Assurance partner to ensure the successful development of all products. Key to the success of this position, this person will foster effective cross-functional working relationships with internal and external groups, leading interaction with Process Sciences, Quality Assurance, Supply Chain, and Analytical Development for the technology transfer of new products and providing support for Regulatory submissions related to products manufactured on the site.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serving as lead for all technical activities associated with the manufacture of oligonucleotide drug substances at the company's manufacturing partner.
  • Partnering with CMO to ensure successful manufacture of drug substance required for clinical supply, process validation, and commercial supply.
  • Providing guidance to process validation activities at the contract manufacturing facility.
  • Providing technical input to Process Sciences for defining the critical process parameters of new processes.
  • Collaborating with local Quality partner and US team to develop processes and systems that enable compliant, successful technology transfers, operation, and lifecycle management of cGMP clinical and commercial manufacturing processes, ensuring all product delivery schedules are met.
  • Providing significant technical depth to support troubleshooting efforts and leading high-level deviation investigations at internal and external manufacturing facilities.
  • Managing technical relationships with drug substance contract manufacturer, including, but not limited to, providing person in plan support, technology transfer and validation support, deviation, change control, and CAPA management.
  • Driving timely decisions and facilitating active communication and information flow between contract manufacturer and company team members.
  • Authoring IND, NDA, and other technical documents for regulatory agency submission in support of manufacturing processes and serving as process subject matter expert in health authority interactions.
  • Identifying and driving process optimisation initiatives and addressing opportunities for efficiency and capacity improvements in all areas of internal and external third-party manufacturing.
  • Providing input on suitability of technologies, scalability, and manufacturability to Process Sciences during process development activities.

Skills and Requirements:

  • A Bachelors' degree in an Engineering or Science field.
  • Significant experience a pharmaceutical manufacturing organisation, with expertise in multiple process areas (synthesis, chromatography, buffer preparation, and lyophilisation).
  • A thorough understanding of cGMP requirements for clinical and commercial pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Demonstrable experience supporting technology transfers and cGMP manufacturing operations at third party manufacturers required.
  • Demonstrable experience supporting international Contract Manufacturing Organisations is highly desirable.
  • A proven ability to make decisions based on GMP compliant requirement.
  • Proven problem-solving skills.
  • Proven organisational skills.
  • An ability to work with limited supervision, to set priorities to meet timelines, and to motivate, persuade, and influence others.
  • Excellent communication skills and able to speak both English and German

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