Cobra Biologics, now a Charles River company, is a leading international contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing in premium plasmid DNA and viral vector services to support the Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP) industry. 

 Each of our GMP approved facilities are tailored to serving clients from early stage, to clinical, to commercial scale. Our team takes pride in manufacturing excellence and supporting drug development for the benefit of patients worldwide. 

 Our mission is to continue to expand and cultivate our CDMO offerings in the cell and gene therapy space, providing supply chain simplification through an end-to-end service for development, testing, and manufacturing. We provide our clients with an integrated solution from basic research and discovery through to GMP production. 

Cobra Biologics is part of the wider end-to-end service provision for Cell & Gene Therapies within Charles River Laboratories. As such, to support Cobra’s growth programme, and the C&GT portfolio, we are looking for an Operations Associate Director.

 You will be responsible for Keele Operational Groups including Product Delivery (cGMP Manufacturing) and Technical Support Services (HSE, Engineering, Validation, Warehousing and Facilities’). As Associate Director you will lead these functions to ensure that contracts and in house service agreements are delivered to agreed timelines.

 You will also be responsible for ensuring that operational strategies for the Keele site are delivered as required, ensuring that financial, operational, quality, health & safety targets and standards according to the Code of Conduct are met as required by the Company.

 Essential requirements:

  • Degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering or other science related subject or equivalent qualification plus previous experience in managing multi-disciplinary project teams within an industrial cGMP environment, biologics experience preferable.
  • Previous experience of and able to demonstrate the ability to develop business objectives and contribute to strategic thinking.
  • Able to demonstrate strong verbal & written communication and presentation skills.
  • Proven track record of managing multi-disciplinary teams and planning and executing deliverables within budget and to timescale.

 Desirable requirements:

  •  Previous relevant experience working within the Biologics industrial sector

This will be a group role based at Keele, Staffordshire.


Applications should be sent in writing stating the appropriate reference number with full CV and current salary details via the form below


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