​General Manager of Technical Operations - Senior Leader

Location Kingdom of Belgium
Discipline: Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £Salary and benefits to be discussed on application
Contact name: Katie Dunbar

Contact email: Katie.Dunbar@rbwconsulting.com
Contact phone: 01293584300
Job ref: 21194
Published: about 1 month ago
Expiry date: 19 June 2021

Are you an experienced Senior Leader with a Technical Operations background in Biotechnology?

RBW Consulting is the sole agent for a career-defining role with a US Biotech as they open up operations in the EU, expanding their pipeline of products which includes CAR-T cell therapy.

At this pivotal point in their growth, our client needs a senior leader who has the capability, network, and people skills to establish a core business with Europe and be the cross-functional leader of this team.

Key for this role will be effective relationship building, hiring and rooting teams across Regulatory, Process Development, Clinical Operations, Commercial Operations, Quality, Finance, HR and Legal.

This General Manager will be responsible for all aspects of cGMP operations for a Clinical and Commercial Cell Therapy Manufacturing plant from raw material procurement through product release.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Build and lead effective operations and support area teams in preparation for commercial supply of a CAR-T product

  • Work closely with the collaboration partner to ensure facility design.

  • Provide technical and managerial leadership in all cGMP-related areas of responsibility. Leads and ensures strong delivery for multiple departmental functions (procurement, planning, warehouse, operations, technical support groups, engineering, supply chain etc)

  • Drives a collaborative work environment that focuses on creating and maintaining a strong quality and continuous improvement culture within the organization

  • Ensures that standards for product quality, manufacturing costs and throughput, equipment and operator performance, employee safety and housekeeping standards are established, monitored and maintained

  • Build a strategy to develop existing talent, continue to build bench strength in the entire operations organization and ensure robust succession planning

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.Sc./M.Sc. in Biological/Biochemical Science/Bioengineering related field

  • 15+ years of combined experience in cGMP manufacturing, operations management, tech transfer, process and equipment validation and quality management, with a preference for cell therapy experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in a leadership role in Biologics and/or cell therapy operations

  • Demonstrated ability to build effective and efficient teams and drive change

  • Experience in a growth environment managing the fast pace of change, balancing day to day operational demands with the need to extend and improve the planning horizon

  • A history of developing and building cohesive, high performing teams with a strong sense of mission, providing training and mentoring to build sufficient management depth and ensure strong succession planning

  • Communicates effectively with people at all levels, including the ability to understand their priorities, and earn their respect and trust, along with the willingness to provide them with the best decisions in time-sensitive situations

  • Capable of thriving in a fast-paced, challenging, entrepreneurial and team-oriented environment

Roles like this are extremely rare but offer phenomenal opportunities to bring a career’s worth of capability together into one demanding yet hugely rewarding project.

Please apply or contact katie.dunbar@rbwconsulting.com for a confidential conversation to find out more.

Salary and benefits to be discussed on application