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Director, New Modalities Quality, Antibody Conjugate

Oak Grove, United States; Castleisland, Ireland; Rahway, United States; North Wales, United States

Job Description


Reporting to the AVP of New Modalities our Company's Manufacturing Division Quality, this leader is responsible for providing Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) expertise and supporting the implementation of a unique quality oversight model necessary to facilitate agility and speed-to-market while ensuring sustained compliant supply of specialty New Modalities pipeline products to global markets, to serve our patients. This leader will leverage ADC experience to support the implementation of the new organization to support a fit-for-purpose quality management system and ensure strategic quality oversight of new modalities products manufactured in our Company's network and at external partner sites. The leader will interact with our Company's cross-divisional/functional teams from development through commercialization to ensure implementation of the designed quality oversight model.  Activities will include implementation of required Quality Management System (QMS) elements, procedures, and systems to ensure quality and regulatory compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), other worldwide regulations and our Company requirements.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leverage ADC experience to ensure end to end quality oversight necessary to facilitate agility and speed-to-market while sustaining compliant supply of New Modalities pipeline products to global markets.

  • Evaluate current our Company and partner Quality Management Systems for seamless integration and realize synergies where available while ensuring compliance to GMP requirements.  Ensure alignment to corporate policies as well as other divisional policies related to management of product quality.

  • Implement a fit-for-purpose QMS, ensuring end-to end quality oversight of New Modalities products manufactured at our Company and external partner sites. Partner with our Company's Manufacturing Division QMS team for QMS updates as needed.

  • Support establishment of New Modalities Global Quality Management processes and Regulatory Compliance plan in support of early-stage development to commercialization of New Modalities products.

  • Work in partnership across the organization ( our Research & Development Division , our Manufacturing Division , Commercial) to understand the unique requirements for the new modality products and ensure that these requirements are addressed via fit-for-purpose quality management oversight.

  • Evaluate external partner Quality and compliance robustness and identify Quality risks.  Work with our Company's internal colleagues and external partners to remediate risks as appropriate.  Ensure that facilities/processes are compliant and support approval of new modality product regulatory filings.

  • Maintain close working relationship with our Research & Development Division / our Manufacturing Division Quality departments and our Research & Development Division / our Manufacturing Division Technical CMC teams for end-to-end Quality oversight/support of New Modalities products.

  • Support development of and report quality metrics measuring operational effectiveness to appropriate our Research & Development Division / our Manufacturing Division governance forums.

  • Ensure continuous improvement of New Modalities QMS to maintain GMP and Regulatory compliance.

  • Stay ahead of current GMP requirements and industry trends as described in worldwide regulations and industry standards, and trend reporting. Maintain a subject matter expert level of knowledge related to these specialized areas of expertise, with a specific focus on Antibody Drug Conjugates.

  • Provide guidance and coaching to our Manufacturing Division colleagues on New Modalities quality oversight requirements and Health Authority GMP expectations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Science Field, Engineering field or a related relevant discipline.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience within the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Experience working with or directly supporting manufacture of Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) products

Leadership and Technical Skills:

  • People change management experience

  • Quality operations and/or compliance experience

  • Demonstrated effective leadership, communication, interpersonal and negotiating skills, in particular with cross functional partners

  • Ability to learn and understand technical aspects of new processes to ensure robust Quality oversight


  • Technical experience with vaccines, biologics, and / or cell gene therapy products

  • Experience in both Quality Assurance and Quality control

  • Experienced in interacting with regulators.

  • Advanced degree in Life Sciences field, Engineering field or a related relevant discipline.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders).  Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence.  This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

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Expected salary range:

$164,800.00 - $259,400.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here .

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No relocation

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Requisition ID: R275195

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