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Director, Director, Manufacturing Technical Services Quality Cell and Gene

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

IT, Quality Assurance
Leiden, Netherlands
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Job Description

General/Position Summary

  • The Director, Manufacturing Technical Services, Quality Assurance is responsible for the quality oversight Quality services for operational activities covering the internal manufacturing sites, and test labs for Cell & Genetic Programs. This includes quality oversight of events and site quality management systems such as training, documentation and change control. The role will support external vendor quality activities as applicable.
  • The quality role will closely partner with internal site quality partners as well as operational stakeholders to execute associated governance for oversight. The successful candidate will be a key member of the Vertex Cell & Genetic Therapy Quality Team and operational teams.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead quality team to manage technical services, quality assurance, for the Cell & Gene internal manufacturing sites.
  • Partner within the Quality organization and cross functional partners to prepare for quality management reviews.
  • Leads from a Quality perspective root cause analysis and product impact assessments for investigations resulting from deviations. Assure appropriate correction, interim controls and CAPAs are in place to mitigate risks.
  • Lead quality monitoring, assess for trends and gaps, lead risk mitigation and remediation activities.
  • Manage change management, including impact assessment and implementation of quality actions.
  • Support vendor notifications as part of product life cycle management that impact the sites CGT Programs.
  • Liaises with cross-functional teams and support quality partners to ensure GMP manufacturing and testing activities, including disposition timelines are met.
  • Leads/executes continuous improvement activities.
  • Work closely with the Audit and Inspection Quality Function to establish the audit strategy for Auditing and Performance oversight and support technical site audits including preparation for regulatory inspections.
  • Support vendor quality oversight processes including qualification, risk categorization and routine monitoring.
  • Participate in Cell & Genetic Program and Quality projects.

Required Education Level

  • Bachelor's degree in a biotech/Lifesciences field.
  • Master's degree or relevant comparable background.

Required Experience

  • Typically requires 10+ years of relevant industry experience such as manufacturing, quality assurance, and/or quality control in biotechnology/regulated pharmaceutical environment and 2+ years of supervisor/management experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Knowledge/Skills

  • In-depth global regulatory agency knowledge and experience across GXP life cycle in Cell & Gene therapy and/or Biologics.
  • Broad understanding of regulatory environment including quality systems, compliance and strategy.
  • Broad technical knowledge in Cell technology, aseptic manufacturing technology, analytical assays, cell & genetic therapies/Biologics processing, fill/finish and testing.
  • Ability to lead improvement projects - experience with Root Cause Analysis, data analytics, and other Operational Excellence experience, such as LEAN, DMAIC, Six Sigma.
  • Substantial experience with electronic document management systems (e.g., QDoccs, Trackwise, Veeva)
  • Excellent communication skills and a proven track record Influencing/building/promoting a culture of Quality and Excellence.
  • Ability to apply risk management principles to decision making and operational priorities.
  • Substantial background in managing complex projects/teams within stated objectives and timelines and with a strong understanding of the underlying business drivers;
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills
  • Strong leadership and an innate ability to collaborate and build relationship

Other Requirements

  • 15% Travel required internationally.

On-Site Role

On-Site designated role, you will work five days per week on-site with ad hoc flexibility.

#LI-Onsite #ND-2

Flex Designation:

Hybrid-Eligible Or On-Site Eligible

Flex Eligibility Status:

In this Hybrid-Eligible role, you can choose to be designated as:
1. Hybrid: work remotely up to two days per week; or select
2. On-Site: work five days per week on-site with ad hoc flexibility.

Note: The Flex status for this position is subject to Vertex’s Policy on Flex @ Vertex Program and may be changed at any time.

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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