Production Supervisor, Large Scale Purification
Rockville , Maryland
December 16, 2017
Basic qualifications:
BS/BA or Associates Degree in biological sciences, chemical sciences, engineering or equivalent technical discipline. Degree in other discipline if sufficient technical depth has been achieved from professional experience.

• Minimum of 8 years of directly related experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry
• Knowledge and experience in large scale column chromatography, Viral Filtration and UF/DF with extensive experience working on Unicorn and Delta V controls.
• Clear understanding of the control systems used to run processes in modern large scale Biopharmaceutical plants.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills which emphasise teamwork and a strong quality orientation.
• Strong team player with demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a diverse team.
• Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical problems.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience with systems such as SAP and Qumas is a plus
• Strong quality/compliance orientation and track record. Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. Strong influence and relationship building skills with an emphasis on teamwork. Comprehensive understanding of Lean/Six Sigma (OE) principles and their application.

Supervises daily biopharm manufacturing operations, a market entry and commercial manufacturing facility that produces protein biopharmaceuticals for clinical and commercial purposes. Provides first line supervision to Manufacturing Associates, who operate cell culture equipment, prepare media and solutions, conduct chromatographic separations, perform filtration & concentration operations, prepare buffers and solutions, and perform related administrative duties.

• Provides first-line supervision on day, swing or night shift, to a staff of Manufacturing Associates who conduct: cell culture or purification unit operations including overseeing preparation of media and buffers, seed lab operations, large scale microbial fermentation and/or cell culture, harvest and recovery operations, chromatographic processing, filtration and concentration operations, and the ordering of raw materials and components from the warehouse. Production Supervisors are expected to have the capability to perform formentioned activities alongside Manufacturing Associates.
• Perform duties in a compliant manner and behave in accordance with site SOP's, GSK EHS standards and guidelines and relevant legal requirements and ensure that their team do the same.
• Assures that the preparation of bulk biopharmaceutical intermediates meets all quality standards for cGMP, GSK and any other applicable regulatory agency.
• Supports successful implementation of new products and processes into the facility, including all appropriate equipment and area changeover activities.
• Lead new production projects, develop commissioning plans and author commissioning documents
• Effectively troubleshoot production equipment and processing problems of varying scope
• Accountable for Manufacturing Associate development and/or performance management though activities such as assignments and associated technical training programs.
• Ensure all staff are adequately trained on all cGMP manufacturing operations and documentation.
• Work on problems of advanced scope, potentially cross-functional, where analysis of situation or data requires a review of identifiable and unknown factors
• Participate and implement continuous improvement and operational excellence methods and tools to improve the overall efficiencies of production operations.

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