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Lilly Associate Director – TSMS Laboratory in Branchburg, New Jersey

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Position Brand Description:

This position is responsible for leading the TS/MS Branchburg laboratory in cell culture and/or purification process troubleshooting and continuous improvement. Lead laboratory staff in designing and executing laboratory experiments in support of manufacturing operations, continuous improvement, process validation and technology transfer. This position will interact with Process Teams composed of engineering, manufacturing, validation, quality assurance, and quality control representatives. Interaction will also be required with other Lilly site and potential contract producers of Lilly products. Knowledge of cell culture and/or purification and support systems used in the manufacturing of biotech products is required.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

Manage for Results /Strategic Planning:

Laboratory Startup & Ongoing Capability

Hire, manage and grow a team of laboratory scientists and engineers tasked with support of manufacturing operations, continuous improvement, process validation and technology transfer. Accountable for the performance and results of the TS/MS laboratory.

Deploy laboratory process models for commercial and technology transfer candidate molecules.

Commission new laboratory equipment at lab build-out and subsequently identify additional capabilities and/or new technologies to keep lab at optimal productivity. Forecast resource needs and manage allocated budget.

Plan and schedule lab activities to ensure the successful and timely execution of various studies.

Contribute to the development of annual Business Plan and TS/MS technical agenda.

Developing and Mentoring Technical Competencies

Understand the purpose and science of the process; build deep technical expertise and demonstrate strong data-driven decision-making and problem-solving capabilities. Make decisions guided by policies, procedures and business plan that impact the lab’s ability to meet performance objectives.

Enable the group to work effectively and efficiently in a cross-functional, team-oriented environment; interact with Manufacturing Process Teams, development scientists and molecule stewards, within and across Lilly sites. Influence internal and external customers and management, including to adopt a different point of view on difficult concepts.

Mentor staff and facilitate career development opportunities.

Process Support, Process Improvement, and Technology Transfer

Oversee laboratory experiments in scale-down models designed to further understand and improve the process. Work with Manufacturing to resolve technical issues and implement corrective / preventative actions in the plant. Anticipate and resolve key technical problems. Drive solutions that impact the site.

Transfer from R&D and qualify laboratory models for late stage clinical and commercial manufacturing processes, for cell culture and/or purification unit operations.

Work with R&D and Manufacturing to develop, transfer and implement well-understood, robust and fit-for-purpose process control strategies.

Lead large-scale program(s) or project(s) with greater risk, resource/financial requirements and/or complexity. Identify and solve a range of organizational and operational problems and technical challenges.

Ensure effective documentation and communication of all laboratory work and learnings. Prepare summary slides/memos/reports and present data to broader audiences. Author or assign documentation including SOPs, protocols, and reports.

Understand, and perform all job responsibilities in compliance with safety and regulatory expectations as well as cGMP

Manage Relationships with Key Stakeholders and Customers:

Contribute to the site planning processes (such as business and strategic plan)

Network and engage internal and external expertise to enable the delivery of world class large molecule manufacturing operations to Branchburg

May be required to travel offsite to other Lilly or partner sites within the global network, other pharmaceutical companies, conferences, networking events, or off-site training.

Develop strong working relationships with both BR&D and plant sites to ensure success

Represent Branchburg TS/MS on cross-site teams exploring process/platform optimization, best practices, and other technical excellence initiatives.

Staff Development and Management:

This position involves directly managing of 6-14 TS/MS laboratory representatives and molecule stewards

Provide leadership, training, coaching, and effective career development for TS/MS representatives

Conduct annual performance reviews with team members

Ensure the company values, standards and policies are communicated to and modeled within the team

Participate in TS/MS succession planning

Resource Management:

Perform and champion all TS/MS work in a safe and compliant manner.

Proactively support site management decisions and strategy

Member of Science Lead Teams and Continuous Improvement Lead Team (or other lead teams as assigned)

Basic Requirements:

Knowledge of cell culture and/or purification techniques used in the manufacturing of biotech products. Ability to independently master assigned processes and to coordinate activities with a team of individuals. Demonstrated leadership skills, including prior supervisory experience. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Additional Preferences:


Education Requirements:

Advanced degree in Chemistry, Micro/biology, Biochemistry, Bio/chemical engineering or related science. M.S. with a minimum of 10 years’ experience or Ph.D. with a minimum of 4 years’ experience in a cGMP biopharmaceutical manufacturing and/or process development (cell culture/purification) environment.

Other Information:

Travel required. Lifting not required. Required to be on call. Shift work may apply.

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