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Production Manager at BlueRock Therapeutics
Toronto, Ontario, CA

BlueRock Therapeutics is an engineered cell therapy company with a mission to develop regenerative medicines for intractable diseases. BlueRock’s Cell+Gene platform harnesses the power of cells for new medicines across Neurology, Cardiology and Autoimmunity. BlueRock’s cell differentiation technology recapitulates the cell’s developmental biology to produce native cell therapies, which can be further engineered for additional function. Utilizing these cell therapies to replace damaged or degenerated tissue brings the potential to restore or regenerate lost function. The company was founded in 2016 by Versant Ventures and capitalized with one of the largest-ever Series A financings in biotech history by Bayer AG and Versant.

BlueRock has established a team of dynamic and highly engaged scientists and engineers inspired to take project ownership and further develop themselves in a rapidly growing industry. At BlueRock we value open communication, collaboration and a positive and fun working environment in which both individual and team contributions are recognized. Our world-class management team is committed to fostering the growth and career development of employees.

The Toronto, Canada site is seeking a Production Manager to oversee manufacturing of therapeutic cells for use in non-clinical studies. The incumbent will have a proven record of managing cell-based production activities and corresponding personnel. The ideal candidate comes from a cell therapy or biopharmaceutical context. A deep appreciation of disciplined execution, good documentation practices, and logistical preparedness are highly desirable. The ability to effectively lead and cultivate a high performing team of skilled individuals as a cohesive unit is essential.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a talented manager and planner to contribute to bringing a new class of medicines to patients and further their career experience in translational medicine. Collaboration with a highly-motivated, world-class team of scientists and engineers promises an exciting and engaging work environment for motivated, self-starting candidates.

Position Description:

Provide leadership and manufacturing expertise to a skilled team of research associates

Develop and oversee the execution of production schedules to ensure ample supply of material for non-clinical studies

Ensure logistical and resource needs are identified, communicated, and fulfilled

Support the implementation of robust operating processes and good documentation procedures

Co-ordinate and collaborate with other teams to facilitate process improvements and technology transfer

Monitor and report on progress and provide recommendations, informing and participating in departmental decision making

Work closely with the VP, Process Development and Director, Process Development to establish and cultivate shared team values and support continuous evolution of the department to meet changing demands

Prepare, review, and approve standard operating procedures, batch records and other process documentation. Assist in preparation of CMC sections of regulatory applications

Minimum Requirements:

Masters degree or higher in biological engineering, chemical engineering, biological sciences, or similar with 5+ years leadership experience in a cell-based manufacturing environment

A thorough knowledge of bioprocess operations relevant to the manufacture of cellular therapies/biopharmaceuticals

Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, with deomstarted ability to extended these across a team and implement efficient operational processes

A passion for cultivating world class teams and development of team members

Excellent communication skills laterally and vertically