Manager Cell Culture

Vast contract
Contract type: 

Starting from thorough scientific and technical knowledge, in this role you will…

- Provide technical leadership to a team (~5 people) of scientists/engineers/PhDs with a solid background in large scale cell culture processes

- Ensure realistic planning and prioritization of activities, keep oversight of delivering on commitments

- Lead and coach the cell culture manufacturing science team – guide and develop each member of the manufacturing science team both in execution of their responsibilities and in their own personal development. Maintain a high-performance team that fosters accountability, open communication and continuous improvement/development

- Identify process improvement opportunities to increase yield or process robustness, and generation of a supportive data package leading to implementation at manufacturing scale

- Support and safeguard existing production processes by data trending and monitoring, generation of scientific/technical study protocols and reports in support of significant changes, product impact assessments upon significant deviations in the production process and provide technical advice to questions of other departments

- Use a solid understanding of scientific principles and professional practices to solve a range of complex deviations and issues in manufacturing in creative and practical ways

- Lead/support technology transfer, initial process validation and process control strategy definition for introduction of new products and processes at manufacturing scale if applicable

- Support regulatory filings and health authority inspections

- Work closely together with the Process Sciences (small scale) team

- Build a network and maintain good relationship with both internal (e.g. operations, quality,…) and external (suppliers, alliance partners,…) stakeholders

- Maintain and demonstrate significant knowledge of the state-of-the-art technologies

- Represent the Upstream team as an SME or technical lead in cross-site, cross-functional teams


About you

Required Skills & Qualifications

- PhD or master in Life Sciences, with relevant experience of minimum 5 or 7 years respectively

- Proven experience in leading and developing high-quality, high-performance teams of scientists and engineers of diverse academic backgrounds and skill levels

- Experience in mammalian cell culture processes on lab- and/or manufacturing scale; experience with purification processes is a plus

- Familiar with current Good Manufacturing Practices & US/EU regulations

- Familiar with various statistical and data trending techniques

- Ability to drive change, innovation, team work and competitive performance as well as develop, inspire and motivate a team in the achievement of specific objectives

- Flexible and willing to support both manufacturing scale operations and support small scale lab studies

- Strong communicator, who is able to connect, go in discussion and find compromise with people in other departments or sites

- Excellent analytical and problem-solving mindset, are accurate with the necessary eye for detail

- Since all writing is in English and given the international context, you are fluent in writing and talking in English

- International mindset – ability to work in a multi-site global organization and willing to travel (at least for short term) abroad


We offer you:

  • immediately a permanent contract with Sanofi
  • full-time position in day shift (flexible working hour system)
  • an attractive salary package with meal vouchers (worth €8), a DKV hospitalization insurance,..
  • evaluations
  • educations
  • career opportunities in a growing organization where involvement, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and collaboration are driving values