Associate Director / Snr Principal Scientist, Upstream Development (R1551838-en-us)
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The AD / Sr. Principal Scientist (title flexible based upon candidate experience) will lead an upstream cell culture development team and is one of the key leadership positions within the Devens MA Upstream group, which is part of the larger BMS GUCLD organization (Global Upstream and Cell Line Development). Specifically, this role will report to the Devens Senior Director and will lead a group of scientists responsible to develop robust and scalable mammalian cell culture processes for multiple therapeutic antibody and recombinant proteins. Of equal importance is the continued development of the BMS platform and introduction of new technologies enabling cutting edge processes for immune-oncology and other biologics programs.
The candidate will lead internal and partnered projects and be part of a team driving high performance across upstream development teams both within Devens and across the GUCLD network. This role will actively partner with teams in Cell Line Development, Downstream Development, Analytical, Drug Product Science & Technology, Manufacturing, MS&T, and R&D groups in a matrix, team organization structure. This position requires a proven leader of driving molecule development projects, of inclusive and effective team management, as well in identifying and driving the science to realize significant opportunities in upstream processes.
- Design, set the agenda, and enhance motivation for a high performing upstream development team.
- Implement upstream process development, optimization, scale-up of biologic manufacturing processes, process characterization and as needed, support of PPQ activities.
- Provide all aspects of upstream process development support to ensure success of matrixed project teams for multiple protein therapeutics and expand, as needed, with new modalities.
- Partner within matrixed Development, Analytical, Clinical Manufacturing, and MS&T to ensure seamless transition and transfer or processes. Coordinate experiments within these matrix teams to ensure rapid achievement of objectives and overall process transfer goals.
- As assigned, lead project and matrix team meetings and coordinate activities for the project team with other process development focus groups.
- Recommend and drive novel technology initiatives such as continuous manufacturing, PAT, etc. via intra and inter-departmental and external collaborations. Guide the necessary experiments for evaluation and implementation to enhance BMS’ competitive advantages.
- Provide performance feedback, coaching, career development and mentoring to each team member to ensure their success and fulfilment.
- PhD or M.S. in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Biology, or related field with minimum 6 or 10 years, respectively in mammalian Upstream Process Development.
- Track record of successful implementations of robust upstream processes from development to a commercial setting.
- Track record of demonstratable management skills for multiple projects and technical teams.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
- Effective oral, written, and presentation skills.
- Highly self-motivated and creative with critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability.
- Experience with all aspects upstream process development including fed-batch and perfusion processes, bioreactor operation and scale-up/ scale-down.
- Experience with design of experiments and use of statistics for data analysis.
- Preferred: hands-on experience with PAT development applications.
- Preferred: practical experience with downstream processing and analytical techniques.
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