Vice President/Head of Technical Development, Individualized and Cell Therapy
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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)

    Process development

    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

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