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Senior Advisor Cell & Gene Therapy QA



Job description

Site Name: UK - Hertfordshire - Stevenage
Posted Date: Aug 24 2020

Senior Advisor Cell & Gene Therapy QA


This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a large cutting-edge programme due to be undertaken by GSK. To thrive in this challenging role, you must be determined and ambitious to succeed. You will have the chance to work with innovative technologies and be part of a high visibility project at GSK.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and incorporate effective processes and procedures in Product Quality Pharma R&D and may contribute to business processes and procedures outside Product Quality Pharma R&D. Specifically, with respect to the Catapult Cell Product Area, define the processes and procedures to operationally oversee the manufacture and release of Cell and Gene Drug Product.
  • Assure products meet regulatory requirements and that they conform to regulatory submissions. Specifically, for Catapult Cell Production Area, establish the minimum requirements and expectations for how such a facility will be presented to regulators.
  • May interact with regulators during tours of the Catapult Cell Production area during licensure and on inspection.
  • May participate in/manage routine audits/assessments as well as multiple projects of high priority including regulatory inspections and high-risk non-compliance issues. Specifically, for the Catapult Cell Production Area, inspection readiness activities, ready for GMP, Pivotal Clinical, and potential for PAI may be led or supported by the incumbent.
  • May lead a project, program or team activities which may include GxP as part of the Catapult Cell Production Area start up and licensure.
  • May be responsible for coaching, mentoring, training, or directing the activities on one or more direct reports.
  • Identify business or reputational risks associated with job responsibilities and communicate these upward along with suggestions for risk management solutions.
  • Lead/contribute to the training, education, guidance and influencing of customers/business areas on quality and compliance policy and practices.
  • Provide advice and consultancy to GSK project teams and external partners to reduce regulatory risk to GSK.
  • May represent the group as a primary business contact for specific areas.
  • Identify and mitigate compliance risks to GSK through effective assessments and/or via providing advice and consultancy to Product Quality Pharma R&D and business units regionally and globally.
  • Liaise with customers to provide compliance advice/input.
  • Proactively identify, communicate and monitor business changes that could impact on quality or compliance within the department and across departments.
  • Establish improvement processes, as needed, or set specific measurable targets and goals linked to GSK business needs.
  • Communicate and interact at various levels internally and externally to GSK.
  • Build and maintain effective internal GSK business relationships within business units.

Specific Accountabilities:

  • Promote a high level of GMP awareness and compliance in business Catapult partner areas and Catapult project teams.
  • Approve GMP documentation, including Standard Operating Procedures validation documentation, change controls and other controlled documents from Catapult and business partner areas.
  • Write Standard Operating Procedures pertaining to Quality Assurance and Catapult / business partner GMP systems.
  • Perform internal assessments to measure compliance with appropriate GSK policies and procedures.
  • Participate in investigations, such as Quality Investigations, customer complaints and vendor complaints and make recommendations for corrective and preventative actions, and to follow up on the implementation of those recommendations.

Essential criteria:

  • Degree qualified in science based subject or equivalent experience
  • Experience in Cell and gene therapy or Cell Biology


  • Qualified person (QP)
  • Quality experience

CLOSING DATE for applications: Thursday 6th August 2020

When applying for this role please draw attention to your relevant experience in fermentations science and scale-up experience in your CV. The information that you provide will be used to assess your application. Please save a copy of the job description as this will not be available after the closing date.

About GSK:

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer. Employing over 100,000 people globally, we have 71 manufacturing sites around the world. For more information on GSK please refer to our website: www.gsk.com

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