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 a Subject Matter Expert (SME) who has experience in the development and/or manufacturing of gene therapy viral vectors. They will have recent direct experience of viral vector development, scale up and production using mammalian cultures systems at various scales.

 The Technical Lead – Viral Vectors, will provide both strategic and tactical scientific and technical leadership, along with Manufacturing Science and Technology oversight across the breadth of the viral vector development and manufacturing service offerings. Their main duties of the role are:

  •  Identify, refine and plan technical programme requirements and develop work schedules. Perform rolling review and update of work schedules and lead troubleshooting as required.

  •  Liaise with team members, management, suppliers and clients to ensure projects are completed to agreed standards, on time and within budget.

  •  Identify, monitor and manage risks and develop contingency plans.

  •  Drive and deliver MSAT initiatives through analysis of existing operations, identification of areas for improvement and standardisation of service offerings including monitoring and reporting of technical quality standards.

  •  Keep up-to-date with industry trends and developments. Represent and promote the company through conference attendance and sales meetings as required.

  •  Provide technical collaboration to support mergers and acquisitions functions.

  •  Motivate and mentor scientific and technical staff and support progression plans to enable continued improvement in technical capability and staff development.

  •  Communicate effectively with teams and programme stakeholders on challenges, failures, and successes.

Ideally you will:

  • Be educated to degree level or equivalent in a Life Science or related discipline in the contract development and / A significant track record in contract development and/or contract manufacturing for the Life Sciences sector

  • Understand the biologics manufacturing services market

  • Thorough understanding of the process required to develop a viral vector biologic product

  • Extensive customer interaction experience

  • Strong strategic thinking ability

  • Direct experience in the development, delivery and technology-transfer of manufacturing processes for ATMPs

  • Knowledge and experience of GMP quality systems

 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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