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CMC Product Management Senior Director - Heme

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Product, Sales & Business Development
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024

Job Description

The Senior Director, CMC Product Leader for Biopharmaceutical Sciences-Cell & Gene Therapy, will lead the CMC functional team dedicated to a single cell therapy or biological product. This role involves managing all CMC-related activities, ensuring the development, scale-up, and commercialization of high-quality cell therapy products. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the Product Team (PT), which operates as a sub-team of the Disease Strategy Team (DST). This position requires strong expertise in cell therapy manufacturing, regulatory compliance, and cross-functional collaboration to drive product success.

The individual will report into the Executive Director, Project Management and Strategic Operations for Biopharmaceutical Sciences-CGT. It will be based at Vertex’s Leiden Center location in Boston, MA and will be a hybrid eligible role with expectation of a minimum of three days onsite.

Key Responsibilities:

1. CMC Leadership:

  • Develop and implement CMC strategies specific to the cell therapy or other biological product.
  • Lead the CMC functional team (FT), overseeing process, method, and device development, scale-up, technology transfer, and validation.
  • Ensure alignment of CMC activities with overall product development and commercialization goals.

2. Product Team (PT) Participation:

  • Serve as a key member of the Product Team (PT), contributing to cross-functional planning and decision-making.
  • Collaborate with other PT members, including clinical, regulatory, commercial, and quality teams, to achieve product milestones.
  • Provide CMC expertise and insights to support strategic product decisions within the PT.

3. Process Development and Manufacturing:

  • Oversee the development and optimization of manufacturing processes to ensure product quality, consistency, and scalability, by partnering with CMC FT members from BiopharmSci.
  • Manage technology transfer to manufacturing sites, ensuring seamless scale-up and production readiness
  • Ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and other relevant regulatory standards.

4. Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance:

  • Develop CMC regulatory strategies and lead the preparation of CMC sections for regulatory submissions.
  • Collaborate with regulatory affairs to address CMC-related queries and inspections from regulatory agencies.
  • Implement robust quality control and assurance systems to maintain product integrity and compliance.

5. Cross-Functional Collaboration:

  • Responsible for ensuring project and decision approval processes through BSMO and Vertex governance committees.
  • Work closely with R&D, clinical, regulatory, and commercial teams to ensure cohesive and integrated product development.
  • Facilitate communication and alignment between CMC activities and broader product development objectives.
  • Lead cross-functional meetings and ensure clear communication of CMC progress, challenges, and needs.

6. Financial and Project Management:

  • Develop budgets for project CMC activities, in collaboration with BiopharmSci functions and Finance, ensuring efficient use of resources.
  • Track and report on key performance indicators (KPIs) and project milestones.
  • Identify and mitigate risks to ensure timely and successful product development and commercialization.


  • Advanced degree in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, or a related field; PhD or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in CMC development and manufacturing within the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry, with a focus on cell therapy or regenerative medicine.
  • Preference for individuals with experience leading a function or department in Process
  • Development, Analytical Development, or Manufacturing at a Director or Senior Director level
  • Proven track record of successful CMC development and commercialization of cell therapy products.
  • In-depth knowledge of GMP regulations, quality assurance, and regulatory requirements for cell therapy products.
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent leadership and team management capabilities.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a matrix environment and build strong cross-functional relationships.
  • Experience with regulatory submissions and interactions with regulatory agencies.

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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