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Director, Manufacturing Sciences & Technology

Company: Emergent BioSolutions Inc
Location: Rockville
Posted on: September 13, 2020

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Director, Manufacturing Sciences & Technology Location: Rockville, MD, US, 20850

Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.


The leader of the Manufacturing Sciences & Technology department is responsible for managing a diverse range of projects and people that spans from technology transfer activities to post commercialization improvements. The complexity of the work demands a solid technical background across a variety of scientific disciplines and fundamentals (manufacturing process technologies, biopharmaceutical best practices, lyophilization, formulation development, validation, statistical analysis, regulatory submissions, etc.). Additionally, this role has asset and cost center management responsibilities that requires a fundamental understanding of budget management including both OPEX and CAPEX forecasting and planning.

More specifically on the technical side, this department provides technical support across several development programs and continuous improvement initiatives covering both processes and methods. Members of this department work closely with technical representatives from other Emergent sites, Customers, as well as cross functional teams on the Rockville site. The nature of these initiatives is often technically challenging and requires strong leadership attention to quality, time and budget.

Most importantly, strong people leadership skills are essential for the leader of this department. This position includes leading a team comprised of engineers and scientists covering a diverse range of experience and education levels. It is essential that this leader creates and engaging workplace with a strong focus on developing and empowering people. This leader will have involvement on relevant steering and core teams to ensure proper alignment of team resources and prioritization of work.


Business Participate on Site Leadership Team to ensure appropriate alignment of resources to technical challenges and routine operational needs

Maintain good working relationships with internal and external partners/customers with MS&T (Camden, Bayview, EPDG, QC, Mfg, etc.)

Responsible for working with applicable Project Managers to ensure departmental resources are appropriately allocated based on work scope and technical needs.

Ensure fiscal responsibility by developing and monitoring spend-to-budget as well as effective management of assets and accurate/timely allocation of resources

Oversee development and maintenance of management processes including, but not limited to: Employee job descriptions, Integrated Performance Management Process (IPMP) documentation, staffing models, resource allocation models.

Track and report status on KPIs relevant to department activities/responsibilities and ensure commitment to key stakeholders are met in a timely and quality manner

Technical Lead development of standards including system, tools and templates across site for technology transfer through validation related activities

Promote knowledge management and sharing of best practices related to tech transfer, formulation development and validation across sites

Drives and implements industry leading practices and identify leading edge innovations for division related to method/process validation, technology transfer, life cycle approach utilizing QbD, Six Sigma and LEAN principles.

Use sound judgment and data analysis skills to resolve problems and make routine and advanced decisions independently

Works effectively within quality systems to drive quality outputs and efficient project execution

Prepares CMC section content for applicable regulatory submissions.

Assess new regulations and guidance on qualification/validation to ensure compliance.

People Management/Employee Development

Builds a strong working environment that promotes our core values and progresses our culture in a positive manner (healthy cross-functional teamwork)

Must be able to set and communicate department vision & direction that aligns to company & site strategy including setting of short and long-term department and individual goals

Capable of leading change in a positive manner through department

Ability to identify and manage talent through requisite HR systems (hiring, compensation, performance management and development) in ways that provide value to both company and employees

Manage the IPMP for direct reports and mentor associates to facilitate professional and departmental growth

Good interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)

Effectively administer IPMP and monitor staff performance in alignment with defined expectations.

Must possess ability to negotiate and influence others internally and externally

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions.


A degree (Bachelor to Ph.D.) in a related field with a minimum of 8 years industry experience

Experience in managing scientists/engineers in a fast paced, challenging environment

Proven track record of management and leadership effectiveness

Strong knowledge of lean & QbD principles in a manufacturing environment with successful application experience

Diverse and demonstrated technical knowledge with strong risk management mindset

Strong technical and communication skills: oral/written and listening

Computer skills (MS Office, JMP statistical software, Visio, MS Project)


There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Information submitted will be used by Emergent BioSolutions for activities related to your prospective employment. Emergent BioSolutions respects your privacy and any use of the information submitted will be subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy .

Emergent BioSolutions does not accept non-solicited resumes or candidate submittals from search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions’ approved agency list. Unsolicited resumes or candidate information submitted to Emergent BioSolutions by search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions’ approved agency list shall become the property of Emergent BioSolutions and if the candidate is subsequently hired by Emergent BioSolutions, Emergent BioSolutions shall not owe any fee to the submitting agency.

ABOUT EMERGENT Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.

Break through thinking We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.

Own it always Every person at Emergent is engaged and accountable for delivering on our commitments.

Compete where it counts We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.

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