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Director, Tech Transfer Group Leader (50/50 Job Share)



Rahway, NJ, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual for the role of Director, Tech Transfer Group Leader in Large Molecule Technology Transfer within Technical Product Leadership. This role will share leadership of a team of scientists and engineers with a focus on end-to-end technical transfer leadership for technology transfers to all large molecules in pipeline and inline space. This role will involve management of individual contributors, as well as people managers.

The incumbent will demonstrate a deep expertise for people management leadership and the product/process sciences and engineering. The incumbent will have broad, experience-based skillsets in Technology Transfer with key focus areas of standard work, right first-time success for commercial scale, partnership with manufacturing science & technology, and in applicable business processes including program/portfolio management tools working with internal and external manufacturing partners and influencing technical strategy. The incumbent will partner with groups across our Company and that include Global Human Health, Process Development, Commercialization, Operations, Technical Operations, Analytical, Quality, Regulatory-CMC, and Supply Chain. The end-to-end scope includes Drug Substance and Drug Product for all large molecules. This leader is expected to contribute to ongoing business process improvements and all Tech Transfer (TT) activities.

This role will be a 50/50 job share with an existing Director, Tech Transfer Group Leader, who works remotely.

Key Responsibilities:

TT E2E group leadership (50/50 with another director):​

  • Responsible to manage technology transfer E2E leaders. May act as TT E2E lead.

  • Coach TT leads for best practices and continuous improvement mindset.

  • Coach and manage team dynamics, empower, and develop employees to understand all stages of technology transfer/validation and life cycle management.

  • Coach team to build strong partnership with all the relevant partners and stakeholders.

  • Drive division wide initiatives that will enable continuous improvement in large molecule commercialization and life cycle management.

  • Responsible to ensure learnings are shared and put into standards. Ensure TT standards and workflows are applied during each TT.

  • Serve as coach for identifying and resolving technical risks (know the gaps in capabilities of their TT leads).

  • Accountable for resource planning for large molecule technology transfer leaders.

  • Help the team to navigate through TT Technical Issues and escalations.

  • Required to comply with our Company Global and regulatory requirements and execute current Good manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the performance of day to day activities and all applicable job functions.

  • Work collaboratively to drive a safe and compliant culture.

Leading / Aligning with Partners:​

  • Build strong cross-divisional partnerships with site leaders, functional management, and other stakeholders (Research & Development, Commercialization, Tech Ops, Ops, Quality, Analytical, Regulatory-CMC, and Supply Chain, etc.)​

  • Help resolve conflicts with operation units and sending functions. ​ ​

On-time Delivery:​

  • Manage and accountable for multiple technology transfer activities with end-to-end visibility for all TTs within the team​.

  • Ensure TT project deliverables (metrics) are met and are on time for each TT.

  • Review regulatory filing of related sections and regulatory approval of the TT nodes.​

Planning / Governance:​

  • Coach TT leads for TT end-to-end meetings, attends stage gates at TT local governance.

  • Help aligns multiple program and site goals to execute overall TT portfolio.

Education: ​

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering, or related field with minimum of 10 years of relevant experience​

Leadership / Business Capabilities:​

  • Has experience managing teams. Track record of motivating, mentoring and coaching teams.

  • Manages effectively with diverse teams (cross-functionally, cross-culturally, and across internal / external sites) to align and drive TT results​.

  • Viewed as a proven leader​.

  • Effective verbal and written communicator who keeps stakeholders / partners apprised of plans, status, and issues​.

  • Works well in ambiguity​.

  • Able to articulate TT to others​.

  • Establishes clear goals, delegates effectively, holds self and others accountable​.

  • Flexible and adaptable to dynamic situations

  • Cross-functional team management; successful at indirect management.

  • Ability to succeed in a dynamic environment with flexibility to respond to changing priorities.

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively across diverse teams and networks; able to foster cooperation in others, using the diverse perspectives of others to generate ideas.

  • Well-developed and effective team facilitation and leadership skills; ability to establish inclusive team environments.

Technical Capabilities:​

  • Expertise in technical aspects of product commercialization and life cycle management ​

  • Strong scientific knowledge of multiple TT types including vaccines / biologics drug. substance, drug product and analytical​.

  • Proficiency with change control, deviation management and BLA/MAA regulatory license documents​.

  • Demonstrated creative conflict resolution and problem-solving skill​.

  • Strong knowledge of global regulatory guidelines and cGMP principles​.

  • Demonstrated experience with lean operational excellence in manufacturing​.


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Expected salary range:

$164,800.00 - $259,400.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here.

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Job Posting End Date:06/21/2024

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Requisition ID:R299056