May 29, 2024 Job ID: 23158

AbCellera is breaking the barriers of conventional drug development to propel antibody-based medicines from target to clinic. We are a team of scientists, engineers, creatives, and business professionals who believe that advancing science enhances lives. We have developed technologies to unlock high-value drug targets, including antibody-drug conjugates and T-cell engagers for cancer, and complex transmembrane proteins for indications such as metabolic and endocrine conditions, pain, and autoimmunity.

We are looking for a Senior Director of Process Development (PD) to build and oversee key CMC functional areas including Cell Line Development, Upstream & Downstream Process Development, Analytical Development and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In this position, based in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, you will be responsible for creating an approach to antibody process development that is deeply integrated with our discovery, development and manufacturing teams to support the advancement of antibody programs towards the clinic. 

How you might spend your days

  • Providing exceptional leadership to the PD team, including hiring, mentoring, and developing AbCellerites
  • Setting direction, providing technical guidance to PD functions and developing integrated strategies for rapid, robust and scalable process development, tech transfer and regulatory filings 
  • Championing the development and implementation of new technologies, methodologies, and systems to improve program execution, leveraging data to drive innovation in biologics development
  • Leading the development and implementation of a robust data strategy, leveraging data-driven insights to optimize process efficiency and product quality
  • Working closely with Discovery and Development teams to establish efficient workflows that enable smooth transitions from lead panel of antibodies through to the clinic
  • Providing technical leadership support to the cGMP manufacturing operations while working closely with Manufacturing, MSAT and Quality teams
  • Creating and maintaining detailed work plans, with coordinated scheduling of tasks and milestones to facilitate the execution of projects within PD
  • Working closely with project teams, as well as existing and prospective partners to develop collaborative, innovative CMC strategies for effective and rapid drug development
  • Working closely with Manufacturing Science and Technology groups to facilitate efficient and accelerated tech transfers to internal and external manufacturing facilities, and to partners
  • Supporting essential CMC activities required for IND/CTA submissions, including providing oversight on authoring efforts for specific CMC sections of regulatory filings, and working closely with project teams, CMC Regulatory and Quality to prepare for regulatory interactions and formal responses to inquiries

We’d like to hear from you if:

  • You have a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in biotechnology, chemical/biochemical engineering, or another relevant life-science discipline with a minimum of 15 years of industrial experience in antibodies process development, and a minimum of 6 years in a leadership role
  • You have hands-on experience with the development of robust and scalable upstream and downstream processes for the expression, harvesting, purification, and formulation of recombinant monoclonal and bispecific antibodies
  • You have a passion for developing people, and a proven track record establishing process development capabilities and building teams
  • You have experience in authoring Module 3 CTD sections of IND filings and familiarity with regulatory standards and guidance documents for all phases of development (preferred)
  • You have experience supporting product-related inspections for US and foreign regulatory agencies (desirable)
  • You have experience working with Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations (desirable)
  • You have the ability to thrive in an agile, fast-paced environment with a high level of urgency and evolving priorities, and to apply pragmatic, risk-based decision making to the process development

What we offer

AbCellera’s hiring range for this role is CAD $210,000 - $255,000 annually, commensurate with your education and job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity, annual bonus dependent on team and company performance, and a 6% (non-match) RRSP contribution. 

You will have a CAD $1,500 annual Active Lifestyle Allowance, annual vacation, opportunity for flexible work arrangements, professional development opportunities, and comprehensive health benefits. Scientific and technical mentorship is a priority. And you’ll find we prioritize teams and social groups to build community and connections across AbCellera.

About AbCellera

AbCellera is a global company that discovers and develops antibody-based medicines that help people live longer, happier, and more productive lives. We are focused on bringing innovative medicines to patients, both by advancing our internal pipeline of programs and partnering with companies that have novel science or innovative technology.

And it all starts with our team. We’ve built a place where people feel they are part of something bigger than themselves. A place that exists to push the limits of science and technology, and aims to bring better therapies to patients.

We look for people with drive and energy. Idealists. People we love and people we trust. This may be unconventional, but it is the key to our success.