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Senior Director, Manufacturing Operations (GMP)

AbCellera Biologics

AbCellera Biologics

Sales & Business Development, Operations
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024

AbCellera is breaking the barriers of conventional antibody discovery to bring better medicines to patients, sooner. Our engine integrates expert teams, technology, and facilities with the data science and automation needed to propel antibody-based medicines from target to clinic with precision and speed.

The Senior Director, Manufacturing Operations (GMP Manufacturing) will be responsible for building a team and designing facilities to meet an audacious goal: to go from discovery to fill-finish in a year. You will be given the freedom to innovate and move at lightning speed to create a legacy in our industry.

In this role you will be the senior manufacturing operations leader responsible for the design, construction, qualification, and operation of a new GMP manufacturing facility for the production of antibody therapeutics. The facility will produce API for global clinical studies and will be based around 2x2000 L single use bioreactors. You will be responsible for building an exceptional team and will be the senior manufacturing leader on-site when the facility is operational. You will be a key leader at AbCellera responsible for delivering on a critical strategic program that will have a long-lasting legacy on the organization and Canada.

We’d love to hear from you if

  • You are strongly self-motivated and are able to identify project needs and follow that up with building and implementing solutions
  • You are passionate about building dynamic new teams and capabilities that accomplish important goals
  • You have a bias towards innovation over industry standards
  • You are enthusiastic about applying your expertise in manufacturing operations
  • You are an outstanding communicator and teammate

How you might spend your days

  • Providing exceptional leadership to the organization, including hiring, mentoring, and developing staff
  • Serving as the senior Manufacturing Operations leader for the design, construction, and start-up of a new GMP Manufacturing facility for the production of antibody therapeutics. This includes:
    • Working with AbCellera site leaders to ensure facility design will meet all strategic requirements related to capabilities, scale, capacity, cost, and timeline
    • Ensuring facility is designed for the future, including the ability to implement innovative manufacturing approaches, add additional capacity, and/or extend into other competency areas (e.g., drug product manufacturing)
    • Hiring and leading the team members for Manufacturing Operations department responsible for all aspects of facility design, construction, qualification, and start-up of the new facility
    • Designing and operating manufacturing systems that are technically sound, promote effective and efficient operations, and comply with cGMP requirements.
    • Working closely with site leadership and Quality peers to develop and implement all GMP systems with an emphasis on paperless eSystems
    • Successfully bringing the facility online for GMP manufacturing operations
  • Overall responsibility for leading the Manufacturing Operations department once the facility is online. This includes:
    • Being a champion for innovation; working closely with AbCellera peers on the development and implementation of novel technologies and systems
    • Working closely with TechOps peers in Process & Analytical Development to establish a paradigm for efficient process transfer and for SME technical support to manufacturing
    • Promoting a progressive culture of World Class GMP Manufacturing Operations
    • Ensuring the schedules of the people, facility, equipment, materials, and documents are established and maintained to support the capacity/throughput of the facility.
  • Ensuring the facility is designed and operated at a high-level of GMP compliance. This includes:
    • Identifying and mitigating risks in manufacturing operations that could negatively impact delivery of safe and effect therapies to patients
    • Working closely with the site leadership and Quality peers to ensure the operation uses a risk-based approach to Quality
    • Ensuring all aspects of the operation are aligned with regulations/guidance/expectations from global regulatory agencies, including Health Canada, FDA, and EMA.
    • Providing senior leadership to ensure the facility and operation is prepared for all quality audits by AbCellera partners and regulatory inspections by global regulatory agencies and that any findings are addressed promptly
    • Reviewing and approving controlled master documents including standard operating procedures, batch records, material specifications, and validation protocols
  • Budgeting and planning including working closely with the Business Development team to support establishment of global partnerships for antibody discovery-through-GMP

Requires skills and experience

  • A BS/MS/PhD in Biological Sciences, Engineering or relevant scientific discipline and 12-15+ years of experience in manufacturing of biologics in a GMP setting
  • 6+ years of experience in a leadership role managing Technical Operations, Process Development, and/or GMP Manufacturing Operations
  • Outstanding technical acumen, operational understanding, and GMP compliance in building and managing the new GMP facility
  • Strong leadership passion to build, lead, and mentor a team with the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on the team, the organization, and the country
  • A desire to innovate and push to do things differently
  • Strong knowledge of GMP systems and GMP manufacturing operations
  • Strong communication, teamwork and relationship building skills across the organization
  • The ability to apply pragmatic, risk-based decision making to the operation
  • Strong ability to be strategic, yet hands-on and detail oriented
  • Experience leading a site through Quality audits and/or regulatory inspections
  • Experience with CMC regulatory filings

What We Offer

AbCellera’s hiring range for this role is $190,000 - $235,000, annually, commensurate with your education and job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. We base our salary ranges on localized market data ensuring competitive compensation. In addition to base salary, we offer equity, annual bonus dependent on team and company performance, and 6% (non-match) RRSP contribution.

At AbCellera, we have a number of initiatives to support AbCellerites in maximizing their work-life synergy. You will have a $1,500 annual active lifestyle allowance, annual vacation and company-wide office closures (a real value to all!), opportunity for flexible work arrangements, professional development opportunities, and comprehensive health benefits. Scientific and technical mentorship is a priority. Abundant team and social groups to build community and connections within AbCellera are a given.

About AbCellera

At AbCellera, we find the next generation of therapeutic antibodies. To succeed, we have created innovative solutions at every step - custom antigen preparation and immunizations, microfluidics, high-throughput imaging, genomics, computation, machine learning and laboratory automation - leaving no stone unturned and revolutionizing how scientists can explore natural antibody diversity and the scale at which they can do it. You’ll join a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of biologists, biochemists, engineers, bioinformaticians, computer scientists and physicists - all working together to bring better therapies to patients. This is life-changing research and you could be a part of it.

We’re a growing company with state-of-the-art discovery tools and the drive to be the best in the industry. This isn’t just about having the best technology. We know we need a world-class team of innovators working together to solve the toughest problems. We look for people with drive and energy. Idealists. People we love and people we trust. This may be unconventional, but it is the key to our success. We’re looking for someone like you to support and organize our efforts along the way.