Senior Expert CMC Biologics Development

Senior Expert CMC Biologics Development

My client is an innovating, dynamic and growing international pharmaceutical company currently expanding their regulatory team in Switzerland, Vaud Canton.

Due to this growth my client is looking for a Senior CMC Expert/Director with experience working on Biologics Product.

Responsabilities :


Ø Contribute to the definition and the implementation of the CMC strategy in line with the overall strategy
Ø Provide expertise and leadership in the development, communication and implementation of global CMC strategy in support of product portfolio execution
Ø Ensure a balanced approach to pharmaceutical development risk, understanding the impact to the business and enabling smooth approval of regulatory submissions
Ø Identify proactively critical CMC development issues, escalade them in a timely fashion, contribute to set and implement strategies for their resolution
Ø Review and approve CMC and quality documents (i.e. IND, CTA, BLA)
Ø Contribute to Quality by Design CMC development strategy (e.g Quality Target Product Profile).
Ø Act as POC of the Pharmaceutical Development Department in governance bodies and meetings
Ø Leverage the pharmaceutical expertise to proactively coordinate project cross functional CMC content, in close collaboration with Pharmaceutical Development Functions, external partners and Project Management
Ø Act as Pharmaceutical Development Representative in the Global Project Team
Ø Elaborate with the Heads of Function and SMEs a CMC project development plan including milestones, external costs and internal resources needs
Ø Elaborate with the Heads of Function and SMEs a risk management table, update it as necessary and escalade in a timely manner any critical risk
Ø Work closely with CMC Regulatory Affairs and ensure alignment regarding questions and strategies, driving development of science based argumentation to obtain buy-in of regulatory agencies, together with appropriate Heads of Function and SMEs
Ø Attend CMC meetings with Health Authorities (e.g. FDA, PMDA, EMA) and act as CMC representative
Ø Ensure liaison and coordination between Pharmaceutical Development Department and Operations
Ø Support external partner oversight and management of CMC Expertise
Ø Develop and nurture a network of CMC experts to support strategy
Ø Proactively contribute to implement regional regulatory requirements and guidelines that impact pharmaceutical development activities

Ø Maintain current awareness of regulations, guidance documents, advisory committees, industry standards, scientific literature and trends that are applicable to current and future Development
Ø Communicate this within the Team and to other staff, as appropriate, and provide key strategic pharmaceutical development expertise inputs to projects and cross-functional teams
Ø May publish/present in high quality journals/conferences
Ø Lead working groups to develop internal policy or guideline


Your profile :


Ø Pharmacist, PhD, MS in biological sciences, biochemical engineering, or a related discipline, concentration in microbiology, biochemistry might be a plus
Ø Minimum 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and 8-10 years in CMC expertise supporting worldwide product development in the related field
Ø Demonstrated understanding of CMC development in the field of biologics (e.g. cell culture, upstream and downstream process, analytical sciences including characterization and comparability studies, combination product,  technology transfer), including Quality by Design methodology
Ø Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing CMC work plans to support phase appropriate activities, including management of timelines and budget
Ø Strong knowledge in developing and implementing risk management
Ø Strong experience in authoring/reviewing regulatory documents (e.g. IND/IMPD, BLA) and in supporting registration process
Ø Demonstrated ability to set CMC strategy and to interact with competent authorities
Ø Effective leadership, project management, interpersonal skills
Ø Excellent verbal and written communication (English)
Ø Ability to lead and promote changes
Ø Ability to solve complex problems and to propose innovative solutions
Ø Demonstrated knowledge of cGMP requirements