Shire Los Angeles Manufacturing Development Program Associate in Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Manufacturing Development Program (LAMDP) is designed to attract the best talent and provide a solid career foundation that will assist the incumbents in becoming outstanding leaders. An LAMDP Associate will gain valuable experience in various manufacturing departments/functions across the Los Angeles Plant. Selecting a full-time role with a company that will invest in you is critical. That is why Shire is an excellent choice.

LAMDP consists of (4) rotational assignments in a 24-month period through the Fractionation and Purification Manufacturing Business Units. The first 2 rotations will be on the manufacturing floor as a technician in training. The third rotation will be dedicated to working on continuous improvement initiatives/projects. The final rotation will be in a leadership role or a technical, individual contributor role.

Incumbent will be responsible for executing all processes in production while strictly adhering to cGMP, environmental health and safety guidelines and any other related regulations, which could apply. Expected to fully participate in both departmental projects and any other quality working team that may be acceptable. Under the general direction of the lead operator and the overall direction of the supervisor, this position shall be responsible for the hands on execution of all activities in the production area. The incumbent shall troubleshoot existing procedures, equipment etc.

LAMDP Associates have the opportunity to develop their skills through rigorous, hands-on experience coupled with specific technical and leadership training and mentoring. LAMDP Associates are eligible to participate in the developmental programs targeted for this level of position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

LAMDP Associates can be assigned positions in various segments of our manufacturing facility which may include:

  • Clean manufacturing and associated support areas.

  • Clean equipment, which may include tanks.

  • Provide critical process monitoring and trouble-shooting of minor problems, may use measuring devices to make product/process quality decisions.

  • Follow departmental safety procedures, may conduct cGMP audits of department areas.

  • Assist in updating SOPs.

  • Maintain awareness of proper handling and removal of hazardous wastes.

  • Ensure assigned projects and deliverables are completed by assigned commitment date.

  • Perform the operations he/she is qualified on, which may include the following

  • Process Monitoring

  • Additions

  • Buffer/Solution make up

  • Set up and operation of various equipment

  • Centrifugation and Filter Press operations

  • Perform precipitate and paste collection from Westfalia centrifuges and filter presses.

  • Perform alcohol and or buffer additions and take manual sight glass readings from stationary tanks.

  • Ensure 100% compliance with established department procedures and regulations in producing high quality therapeutic products.

  • Interface with computerized (automated) manufacturing control system.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be able to work any shift in 24/7 environment

  • Demonstrate leadership skills to include personal accountability, quality decision making, customer focus, drive for results, integrity and trust.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong motivation skills

  • Ability to multitask effectively

  • Ability to solve technical problems

  • Flexibility to work in assignments across functions and locations in a fast paced environment

  • Candidates must be already authorized to be legally employed on an ongoing basis in the United States

  • Must have good written and verbal communication skills and understanding of cGMP regulations.

  • Proficient in a variety of mathematical disciplines and be able to work with both metric and USA standards of measurement.

  • Must be able to read and follow detailed written instructions.

  • May require immunization before performing work within the manufacturing area.

  • Must be able to perform all three step and five step cleaning operations as per current equipment cleaning procedure at the plant.

  • Must have good computer skills.

  • Must have strong aptitude for operation and controls of manufacturing equipment and processes.

Education and/or experience

Requires BS degree in Engineering or Science. Some work experience and leadership experience preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 50 lbs.

  • Variety of physical demands referenced on job analysis.

Working Environment

  • Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body.

  • No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.

  • Will work in a cold, wet environment, and climb up into large processing tanks.

  • Will work in a loud area that requires hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.

  • Will work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers, and celite that may require respiratory protection.

  • Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends.

  • Must be able to work overtime as required.

  • May be required to work in a confined area.

  • Some clean room and cool/hot storage conditions.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Shire is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.