Do you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!
At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.
About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:
Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.
The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you’ll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.
Summary of the group:
This role reports into the Process Engineering and Packaging (PEP) group for drug product process development within the Biopharmaceutical Development (BPR) function in AstraZeneca. The PEP group has accountability for drug product process development, process characterization, combination product assembly development, and packaging science and technology across a broad range of biotech product types and technologies. We support the entire portfolio from Phase 1 clinical trial materials through to marketing application and product launch.
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
The incumbent will fulfill a strategic leadership role within the Process Engineering and Packaging (PEP) organization. The PEP function develops clinical and commercial fill/finish processes, combination product assembly processes, and packaging for biopharmaceutical products in the MedImmune portfolio. Specific accountabilities for these positions shall include: (1) leadership of process development and packaging for clinical products; (2) development of robust drug product and device assembly processes for commercial production (in collaboration with Operations); (3) technology transfer to both internal and outsourced commercial manufacturing; (4) development and maturation of an advanced scale-down fill/finish development lab for technical support of clinical and commercial production. The incumbent will help oversee the process development of a diverse group biopharmaceutical dosage forms, including liquid and lyophilized formulations, various primary container formats, novel drug delivery formulations (e.g. nanoparticles, high concentration formulations, etc.), drug delivery devices and packaging. Each leader must maintain a strong technical culture and be able to establish strong working relationships at internal and external interfaces. These positions require effective collaborative interactions with AstraZeneca leaders, particularly with the Global Biological Operations (Commercial Operations) organization and internal/external manufacturing sites within the manufacturing network. Experience working with functions such as late stage formulation development, device development, clinical operations, supply chain, quality and regulatory are also essential. This individual must be able to effectively lead in a matrix environment and be able to influence broadly internally and externally
Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:
Education & Experience Requirements:
B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or other relevant Engineering field, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related field with related experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Strong technical and scientific skills with proven experience in development of drug product manufacturing processes and/or packaging solutions for biologics in primary containers and devices.
Bachelor's degree with 20+ years of experience OR Master's degree with 17+ years of experience OR a Ph.D. with 13+ years of experience.
At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.
So, what’s next!
Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.
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