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Bristol Myers Squibb

Vice President, Cell Therapy Manufacturing Site Leader, Summit (R1557775-en-us)

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer



Summit, New Jersey, United States

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

Position Overview:

The Cell Therapy Site Leader will lead the company’s multi-product Cell Therapy Drug Product commercial/clinical manufacturing facility in Summit, New Jersey and associated operations. Accountable for concurrent manufacturing operations, departmental budgets, talent management/succession planning including hiring, training, and developing engagement strategies to retain the best workforce talent for Cell Therapy Drug Product manufacturing and Distribution Center functions at Summit. The incumbent will have the opportunity to chair the Cell Therapy site leadership team and will be responsible for identifying and implementing policies, procedures and business strategies to facilitate optimal production and performance. The Cell Therapy Site Leader (or designate) is also a member of the Summit West site senior leadership team, and will interact with external government affairs, political governance forums, and educational institutions to advance site infrastructure and operational capability robustness.

The Cell Therapy Site Leader will be responsible for setting strategic direction for the relevant cell therapy manufacturing departments, in alignment with corporate goals, Global Product Supply/Cell Therapy Development and Operations and objectives, including commercialization of our products while maintaining highly productive clinical operations. The incumbent will be responsible for establishing and driving a culture of collaboration and alignment between various functions and departments within Cell Therapy and the site, ensuring operational performance with aggressive continuous improvement in productivity and implementation of new technologies while ensuring that major strategic objectives are met.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Set strategic direction for cell therapy departments at Summit

  • Chair the Cell Therapy Manufacturing site leadership team, establishing cross-functional goals and ensure alignment.

  • Set tactical direction to ensure completion of critical objectives.

  • Lead the manufacturing organization to ensure commercial readiness.

  • Establish critical KPIs, monitor progress and keep critical stakeholders informed of progress.

  • Engage and hold accountable site and corporate resources to ensure critical objectives are met.

  • Drive continuous improvement to enhance productivity and efficiency of operations across all functions.

  • Sponsor in-house expertise with Lean process improvement and promoting a Lean culture.

  • Lead site leadership team and individuals to ensure a sustainable operation.

  • Coach a team of manufacturing professionals and enable their individual growth.

  • Successfully implement corporate initiatives within the site.

  • Implement innovative solutions which sets BMS as the leader of cell therapy and vector manufacturing.

  • Work cross-functionally and to develop and maintain strong business partner relationships.

  • Work effectively with US FDA and other regulatory agencies. Substantial knowledge of QSR, GMP, FDA, GAMP, ISO and other applicable standards.

  • Drive continuous improvement and foster an operational excellence culture.

Position Requirements:

  • B.S. in Engineering or Life Sciences / Masters or higher degree in a biology, chemistry, engineering or other related field e.g., MBA preferred.

  • 15 + years of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing operations in Cell Therapy Manufacturing and/or Biochemical Manufacturing, manufacturing science and technology, manufacturing systems, and/or quality assurance with at least 6+ years in senior management positions.

  • Strong knowledge of GMP compliance and GMP manufacturing operations.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing commercial manufacturing operations.

  • Demonstrated startup experience or leading organizations through dramatic growth.

  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication at all levels at the site.

  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and to develop and maintain strong business partner relationships.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with US FDA, EMA and other regulatory agencies. Substantial knowledge of QSR, GMP, FDA, GAMP, ISO and other applicable standards.

  • Demonstrated record with driving continuous improvement and fostering an operational excellence culture.

  • Proven leadership ability to carry out difficult decisions in a logical, rational manner, and demonstrated ability to work as a site leadership team member and to engage and influence team members in a matrixed environment.

  • Ability to embrace and effectively prioritize implementation of new technologies and other life cycle management activities to support manufacturing improvements and new products

  • Ability to collaborate cross functionally and across the Global Cell Therapy Manufacturing Network to establish harmonization of best practices, processes, systems and engrain values.


Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

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