Shire Associate Director, Downstream Manufacturing in Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Role:

The Associate Director of Alewife Downstream Manufacturing is responsible for 24/7 manufacturing activities related to the Purification and Support Operations for the manufacture of Drug Substance at the Alewife Manufacturing Facility.

The Associate Director of Alewife Downstream Manufacturing is responsible for developing staff capabilities and will also ensure staff members meet compliance and safety standards. This position will oversee budgets, projects and scheduling to meet business needs.

Execute the manufacturing of Drug Substance

  • According MA Bio Ops commitments outlined in the site supply plan

  • According to corporate Quality polices and regulatory requirements

Deploy Manufacturing goals in line with overall Site Goals and Operating Unit agenda

  • Ensure scheduling is appropriate to meet S&OP plan

  • Own and manage Operational budget to target

  • Support scheduled shutdown

Deploy aligned Operational Excellence (OE) methodologies throughout manufacturing operations to meet quality and efficiency targets for MA Bio Ops Site

  • Develop and sustain environment of continuous improvement

  • Develop capabilities of staff members around Lean Six Sigma and DMAIC methodologies

Develop talent and capabilities of the Manufacturing teams and individual talent

  • Ensure cultivation of right technical expertise

  • Develop and sustain environment of cross functional teams

  • Develop and sustain opportunity for high performing individuals to succeed

Provide support for portfolio management.

  • Meet Capital budget

  • Sponsor high priority cross functional projects

Maintain a state of inspection readiness

  • Maintain accountability for facility and process inspections

Maintain and promote a safe working environment.

The Associate Director of Alewife Downstream Manufacturing is a member of the MA Bio Ops Manufacturing Leadership Team and is accountable to participate in and contribute to appropriate cross functional governance teams. This role is also responsible for developing strategic plans that support the goals, objectives and priorities of the Alewife Manufacturing Facility.


40%: Processing

 Establish operational directives

 Oversee the manufacturing area schedule to ensure market and inventory demands are met.

 Monitor expenses and maintain departmental budget.

 Provide technical expertise to drive resolution of manufacturing exceptions

 Identify and lead continuous improvement efforts

 Provide support for project portfolio management (capital projects and technology transfers)

 Support interdepartmental collaboration to provide continuity between manufacturing sites

 Must be responsible and accountable for delivery of functional area objectives on time and within budget.

35%: ​Quality

 Participate in facility and process inspections by domestic and international regulatory agencies

 Ensure that all SOPs and batch records are maintained to reflect current manufacturing methods and are in conformance with product licenses

 Assure that production equipment and facilities are maintained in proper working condition and in a validated mode by assuring use of Change Control procedures

 Ensure timely submission and completion of all area quality documentation to meet established timelines

 Ensure that all compliance commitments are completed on time and provide documented evidence to support closure of each item according to the established timeline

25%: People

 Conduct routine staff meetings to ensure communication and engagement

 Ensure staff development plans are in place and routine development discussions are held.

 Establish department goals in accordance with site objectives

 Ensure Departmental Safety Training is performed and personnel attend Site Safety Meetings

 Maintain and promote a safe working environment.

 Maintain audit readiness

 Staff positions

 Ensure adequate training of departmental personnel in cGMP and SOPs.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field with a minimum of 10 years relevant experience or Master's degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field with a minimum of 7 years relevant experience

  • 7 to 10 years of management experience leading large team(s) in a drug substance manufacturing environment.

  • Knowledge of cGMPs, other regulatory requirements and Intermediate/DS/API processing is required.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

  • Strong comprehension of value-based production improvements

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