Production Manager - Cell Therapy GMP

Next Phase Recruitment
09 Jun 2021
07 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have a leadership background from a GMP environment, manufacturing biologics, steriles or ATMP products? Do you have a scientific background that includes cell biology / iPSCs?

We are looking for a highly ambitious, energetic, commercially savvy individual who has set up and / or managed a Production team, to join a pioneering cell therapy organisation in Cambridge. This is a genuinely unique opportunity which will involve building a modern GMP facility, recruiting a production team and working with internal and external partners to ensure efficiency and compliance. Candidates will be considered from other cell therapy organisations, as well as GMP-certified academic / hospital ATMP production facilities.

This is a newly-created permanent position, with a salary up to GBP65,000 (plus excellent benefits) depending on experience. Your work will be a mixture of site-based and home-based, and you will be tasked with managing a range of projects to scale up production capabilities, working with external production partners in the interim while setting up the internal processes needed to manage manufacturing in-house.

Reporting to the Head of Quality, your role will include:

- Leading, inspiring and growing a team of dedicated scientists to establish a state-of-the-art Production team to support manufacturing capabilities.
- Promoting a proactive, continual improvement culture and systems to maintain high standards of service and good practice.
- Operational and strategic responsibility for the running of the production team.
- Driving innovation relating to human iPSC culture, automation and manufacture.
- Working in close collaboration with other Department Heads (Research, Genetic engineering, iPSC platform, Production, Product Management, Commercial and Clinical translation) to meet scientific, new product launch and clinical objectives.
- Liaising with external bodies, collaborators and customers on any Production-related matters.
- Working with internal stakeholders (Product Management, Business Development teams etc) to schedule, resource and execute production activities and ensure efficient capacity utilisation.
- Engaging with the academic and industry scientific community to promote and diversify the company's Manufacturing activities.

- Providing scientific leadership in the development of production processes, including transfer into GMP, leading route cause analysis and in the development of SOPs.
- Supporting the delivery of production projects by overseeing their planning, execution and analysis of results.
- Coaching and mentoring of junior members of the team by providing intellectual and practical support and ensure group training needs are met.
- Establishing, monitoring and reporting key performance data to the Head of Manufacturing e.g. production schedules, group capacity, progress against targets and failure rates.


In addition to a generous basic salary, the company offers the following benefits package:

- 30 days holiday
- 5% match contributory pension - after three months
- Private healthcare - with Vitality (the highest level of cover you can get) after three months
- Life assurance
- Cycle to work scheme
- Electric car scheme - coming in soon

Skills and Experience Required:

- Strong experience of running production activities for either biologics, steriles or ATMP products
- Life science qualification - ideally a PhD related to stem cells
- Detailed knowledge of GMP
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work with people at all levels
- Proactive, driven, pragmatic, open-minded, emotionally intelligent, positive and respectful approach to your work

Full details will be provided on application. This is a permanent role in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, and you will have a mix of home-based and site-based work.