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Associate Director, Technical Operations

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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Morris Plains, NJ
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Gilead Sciences is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

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Job Description

Associate Director, Technical Operations

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

This position is responsible for providing technical expertise and leadership to drive successful technology transfer and process validation activities for a portfolio of biologics drug products. Project scope may include introduction of new products to existing internal/external filling lines, transfer to new contract manufacturing partners, and scale-up/scale-out of products at existing suppliers. The incumbent will engage and collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure drug product process transfers are executed to ensure technical and regulatory success. The individual will collaborate with process development and quality partners to ensure processes are robust and well characterized prior to initiation of validation activities. They will supervise other engineers in the execution of process transfers, maintaining company expectations for technical oversight, risk management, and strategic execution.

The individual will serve as process owner during commercial technology transfer activities, leading workstreams including facility fit & gap assessments, capital improvements, risk assessments, control strategy definition, and process validation. They will also serve as a key functional representative in leading CMOs on establishing commercial manufacturing processes for Gilead products, implementing continuous process verification, and providing technical leadership during quality investigations and pre-approval inspections. The incumbent will work closely with Regulatory Affairs in preparation/coauthoring of regulatory filings (CTA, BLA, MAA) and addressing questions from health authorities

Responsibilities:

  • Lead technology transfer project teams for sterile fill/finish processes, providing oversight for activities including process transfer and validation. Lead or supervise individuals leading project workstreams such as facility fit, risk assessments, control strategy development, validation strategy.

  • Collaborate with Process Development group to support process characterization activities and establishment of design space to support commercial tech transfer and validation. Participate in internal development teams as Commercial Technical Operations representative.

  • Review and approve technical documentation including protocols, master batch records, and reports for engineering runs, GMP and PPQ campaigns.

  • Author process validation sections of regulatory filings in support of commercial launch/expansion. Ensure regulatory inspection readiness and product compliance with regional regulatory requirements.

  • Implement business and quality change management procedures to ensure timely and successful technology transfer activities. Partner with product development, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory during investigations to address OOS, OOT, and complex deviations.

  • Provide supervision and training to junior staff members. Identify opportunities for growth and participate in performance management and career development activities.

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of business processes supporting commercial technical operations including risk management practices, technical assessments, performance metrics.

  • Support site selection activities by providing technical assessments of supplier capabilities.

  • Participate and/or lead cross functional business and scientific initiatives representing Commercial Technical Operations organization.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related field, and appropriate years of experience:

  • Ph.D. with 2 years of relevant work experience, OR MS with 8+ years of relevant work experience, OR BS with 10+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Experience supporting and leading sterile product development, technology transfer, and/or manufacturing. Past history managing commercial biologics manufacturing projects including process validation of biological products is highly desirable.

  • Process development and operations experience/expertise in drug product manufacturing processes including bulk freeze/thaw, mixing/pooling, filtration, filling and lyophilization.

  • Familiarity with regulatory filings (Module 3) and experience authoring submissions and responding to regulator questions. Experience with health authority inspections is a plus.

  • Previous experience leading project teams and/or managing staff is preferred.

  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a dynamic, cross-functional matrix environment.

  • Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills


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