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Roche Pharma Global Technical Operations (PT) delivers a fast evolving portfolio of new Cell & Gene Therapy (CGT) products to bring new curative treatments to patients.
As the Head for Individualized and Cell Therapies Technical Development you will be responsible for the Technical Development of Individualized and Cell Therapies
Neoantigen selection by genomics, biosample, and bioinformatics workflows (GB2)
Analytical development & analytical operations
As a member of the Roche Cell and Gene Therapy (PTC) Leadership Team you will play a key role in developing, shaping and implementing the overall technical strategy of our company in the Cell & Gene Therapy space.
Key Responsibilities & Job Requirements
Leadership / Management
Strategic leadership of process development and analytical development & operations for Individualized Therapies and Cell Therapies
Direct functional line manager for a cross-functional team of highly experienced leaders representing several functions : Biosample, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Nucleic Acid Process Development, Nucleic Acid Therapies Analytical Development & Operations, Cell Therapy Engineering Process Development, Cell Therapy Engineering Analytical Development & Operations
Member / Leader of Joint Manufacturing Committee(s) with external partner companies for Individualized Therapies and Cell Therapies thereby developing and executing joint CMC development plans.
Technical guidance of Research project teams for Individualized Therapies and Cell Therapies
Support and guidance for external partner companies and CMOs in Process Development & Clinical Supply for Roche / Genentech sponsored clinical trials
Global responsibilities include close collaboration with counterparts in partner companies to develop robust processes, formulations and analytical methods and with the Roche / Genentech Hillsboro Individualized Therapies manufacturing facility to transfer those processes and methods.
Organizational / Functional Leadership
In this exciting and dynamic position, you will provide resources and strategic guidance for :
The GB2 (Genomics, Biosample, Bioinformatics) team responsible for the establishment and growth of a new Biosample / Genomics / Bioinformatics function serving cell and gene therapies (CGTs) within PT.
This team is responsible for development, implementation and execution of tissue, genomics and bioinformatics workflows that are required to meet clinical supply requirements and process development needs of the growing CGT portfolio
The Nucleic Acid Therapies Process & Analytical Development / Operations team responsible for drug substance, drug product process and analytical development groups for nucleic acid based individualized neoantigen specific immunotherapies (iNeSTs).
This team provides development of the robust manufacturing processes, formulation, analytical and equipment development, and process / knowledge transfer for iNeSTs
The Cell Engineering Therapies Process & Analytical Development (CETD) team responsible for the process and analytical development of cell based autologous and allogeneic therapies.
This group of highly technical individuals is responsible for integrated genetic engineering, formulation, analytical and equipment development for cell therapies from research through the commercial stage.
Internal / External partnership and global collaboration. This role will also provide strategic direction towards the close collaboration with counterparts in internal Roche / Genentech organizations and partner companies to co-create the cell and gene therapy strategic plan.
Education & Experience :
PhD in Life Sciences or Engineering
15+ years or more experience in biotech / pharma industry
Working knowledge of nucleic acid biochemistry and advanced genetic engineering of cells
Working knowledge of next generation sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics is desirable
Demonstrated ability to lead a team of experienced leaders
Demonstrated financial and project management skills
Collaboration / Influence Management, Decision Making, Leadership and Results Orientation
Ability to work effectively with cross-functional & multi location teams
Ability to learn quickly in unfamiliar territory and to deal with ambiguity
Demonstrated ability to operate independently under general management direction and make sound decisions and be accountable for those decisions
Strong analytical and creative problem solving skills
Strong quality orientation in an environment where a quality framework is not fully developed
Additional Requirements :
Collaborative Leadership - Ability to strongly influence with or without authority, facilitate groups with diverse perspectives, bring teams to consensus / alignment.
High tolerance for ambiguity
Ownership and Accountability Takes accountability for actions, drives results, learns from mistakes. Is direct and truthful and therefore widely trusted delivers on promises, goals, and expectations.
Makes quality decisions and resolves problems rapidly
Communication - Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization, teach and present complex and / or new ideas with clarity and simplicity
Planning / Organization - Excellent planning and prioritization skills with the ability to multitask and adapt. Able to synthesize large amounts of information.
Able to deliver results despite shifting environment. Operate with a high degree of autonomy