Senior Scientist, Drug Product Process Development

Shire Pharmaceuticals - Lexington, MA (30+ days ago)3.6


The Senior Scientist, Drug Product Process Development / Engineering will be a technical lead for clinical, biologics drug product process development / engineering and clinical drug product manufacturing support for Shire biologics products. The individual will develop biologic drug products across all phase of clinical development including early phase development, late phase development, scale-up, process optimization, and technology transfers. The individual will also support process validation in preparation for commercial launch.

The Senior Scientist will closely collaborate with cross-functional Process Development and CMC team members including formulation development, technical services, process validation, drug substance process development, analytical development, quality control, quality assurance, and supplier relationship and manufacturing leads.

The role and responsibilities are to

Design drug product processes and establish processes at manufacturing sites. The Senior Scientist will lead and/or support cross-functional teams to define, coordinate, and track these activities.
Execute drug product process development laboratory studies or manage studies performed by external partners. These studies will be used to evaluate drug product processes in scale-down models, characterize process performance or limits, and screen process parameters.
Author development protocols and reports, prepare study materials, analyze data, and interpret results.
Technical management of drug product manufacturing sites or CMOs including representing Shire as a technical lead / subject matter expert during manufacturing site team meetings.
Identify solutions to technical challenges to enable on-time and on-budget delivery of clinical drug product. Communicate and defend rationale of proposed solutions to cross-functional teams as drug product process subject matter expert.
Support drug product manufacturing deviation investigations, CAPAs, and change control management.
Review and approval of manufacturing batch records, oversight of fill/finish operations, and supporting activities to enable clinical trial material supply
Author sections of regulatory submissions for drug product process development and manufacturing
Responsibilities

35% Manage drug product process development and engineering activities, including coordinate cross-functional support as needed, for clinical development and supply of clinical trial material
25% Execute, analyze, and interpret data for drug product process development laboratory studies including management of outsourced studies
25% Technical management of manufacturing site / CMO operations and manufacturing activities
10% Author and/or review drug product development protocols, reports, manufacturing batch records, and regulatory submissions
5% Travel required for person-in-plant oversight for critical drug product manufacturing
Education and Experience Requirements

Minimum, BS degree in engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, or related science.
Minimum, 5-8 years experience in biologics drug product development including drug product process and formulation development
Aseptic fill/finish manufacturing experience and oversight of CMO operations
Thorough knowledge of global GMP regulations and guidance
Experience authoring technical protocols, reports, and CMC sections for regulatory submissions
Experience within a project team (preferably involving external partners)
Experience with quality exception management
Key Skills and Competencies

Excellent communication, technical, organizational, interpersonal and leadership skills are required
Must be a team player prepared to lead, work effectively and efficiently in a team-based environment
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects simultaneously
Critical evaluation of results and ability to defend strategic guidance to resolve technical issues