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Head of Process Technology

Posted 18/08/2021
£70,000 - £75,000 per annum
Full time

Head of Process Technology & Support
- 37.5 hrs per week  
- Permanent
- Porton
- Salary Circa £70,000 - £75,000 DOE

Company information

The Client is a medium sized life-science company performing a range development and manufacturing roles for biopharmaceuticals. This also includes all associated support functions from logistics through to engineering, quality control / quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and management.

 Job Summary

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, experienced individual with a strong track record of leadership experience across a variety of settings and topics in the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industry. Working alongside the CEO/Executive team, the job holder will not only be expert in the development of new biopharmaceuticals but will also be commercially aware of the bioprocess industry; advising on the best path of growth for the business and future commercialisation options.

The individual will also be required to play a key role in supporting the Process Technology team in supporting associated manufacturing processes and analytics, as well as providing expert support to existing licensed products. The individual will, working with their senior team, drive projects in the areas of both manufacturing capacity and product extension work, ensuring that the appropriate resource is identified and in place and that projects are delivered on time and to budget.

Key responsibilities (but not limited to)

·        Working with senior managers in the current Process Technology team, and where appropriate cross-functionally across the business, lead, manage and direct various change management programmes, ensuring that resources are available and in place, with delivery according to agreed timescales.
·        Establish strategies that meet project and regulatory requirements, in collaboration with the Executive team and expert consultants.
·        Develop and maintain suitable project schedules, budgets and risk mitigation plans with project teams and external service providers if necessary.
·        Liaise with service providers on a regular basis to monitor progress against milestones; review and manage technical data and documentation to ensure timely action.
·        Contribute to the development of company’s strategy, challenging assumptions, and decision-making as appropriate and providing an appropriate guidance on all activities, plans, targets and business drivers.
·        Design and manage an integrated financial budget for the department to ensure that the business is in delivery of its financial objectives and maximises department’s contribution to PBL.
·        To promote and uphold the highest standards of professionalism to create, maintain and enhance the reputation of PBL amongst its customers and stakeholders, both nationally and internationally.
·        To grow and develop the business through the identification and exploitation of opportunities and by establishing strategic collaborations and interactions with third parties, including public and private sector bodies.
·        To support and contribute to the delivery of continuous improvement in all areas of the business to enhance the quality, delivery, rate of growth and competitiveness. Coordinate support and cooperation between the education sector (Universities, etc.) and PBL.
·        To take responsibility for all HR issues within the department; maximising team performance by sharing goals and objectives, leading the team to operational success. Mentoring and coaching staff to enable high performance, skills development and to nurture talent.
·        To take Executive responsibility for PBL Health & Safety and management of the Health & Safety Manager. Oversee the implementation, management and delivery of all H&S policies, arrangements, and procedures across PBL.
·        To ensure that all duties are performed in line with PBL Health & Safety Policy and ensure safe working practices and that staff are aware of individual responsibilities under the H&S Policy, the Fire Safety Policy and other H&S regulations.
·        To contribute to publications in national and international journals; to review scientific communication (abstracts, articles, presentations, etc.) for internal and external purposes.
·        Work with senior teams to grow the business, formulating strategies and plans. To comply with ethical, scientific, GMP, etc. guidelines and statutory principles throughout all departmental activities.
·        To ensure that strategic and operational plans, goals, and objectives are documented, communicated, reviewed, and evaluated on a continuous basis.
·        Advise CEO on critical issues deserving immediate attention and escalation, proposing actionable solutions.
·        Establish a high level of credibility and manage strong working relationships with external parties including customers, advisors, and auditors.

Person Specification

·        Have current right to work in the UK
·        A good standard of written and spoken English language
·        PhD/Masters or equivalent in Biological Sciences
·        MBA or equivalent – Senior management experience in the field of biopharmaceutical product development
·        Experience of managing a successful pharmaceutical business
·        Corporate awareness, financial and commercial management
·        Awareness of the regulatory and pharmaceutical environment
·        Experience if the setting of specifications for drugs products
·        Ability to communicate at all levels
·        Excellent organisational skills
·        Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

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