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Astellas Pharma Senior Supervisor, Maintenance in Sanford, North Carolina

Why Work for Us

Are you ready to use your experience and expertise to make an impact on patients' lives? Astellas Gene Therapies is a biotechnology company developing new genetic medicines for rare, life-threatening diseases. We are working urgently to progress our medicines and need additional team members to help us do so. Because our mission is so important, our values are to: Be BOLD: Find a Way, Care Deeply, and Get Stuff Done. If you'd like to be a part of this important mission, please apply to join our team.

About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is an Astellas Center of Excellence developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for their newly-created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina. For more information, please visit our website:

About Astellas

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are promoting the Focus Area Approach that is designed to identify opportunities for the continuous creation of new drugs to address diseases with high unmet medical needs by focusing on Biology and Modality. Furthermore, we are also looking beyond our foundational Rx focus to create Rx+® healthcare solutions that combine our expertise and knowledge with cutting-edge technology in different fields of external partners. Through these efforts, Astellas stands on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at

Our Values:

  • Be BOLD (Find a Way)

  • Care Deeply -- for our patients, each other and our work

  • #GSD (Get Stuff Done)

What is the catalyst for you in your professional career? Are you ready to be a part of a bold, innovative company, to make a change and to make a difference? Listed below is a current opening for a smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice individual who wants to join us and be a part of our journey.

The Role

Reporting to the Manager, Facilities & Engineering the Supervisor/Senior Supervisor, Maintenance will be part of the leadership team for our Facilities & Engineering department supporting Sanford Manufacturing facility. This position will develop a capable team to support cGMP operations using robust maintenance strategies and methods. The Supervisor/Senior Supervisor, Maintenance will lead a small team of employees and vendors supporting multiple departments and functions. The role is located in Sanford, NC.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Be part of the department's leadership team responsible for day-to-day operations of the Central Utility Plant (CUP)and facilities services. Support troubleshooting and recovery efforts including after-hours when necessary.

  • Create maintenance plans using technical manuals and other references. Assist with defining maintenance schedules, parameters, and BOMs.

  • Oversee execution and improvement of the maintenance programs to maximize asset up-time.

  • Ensure maintenance methods are current and compliant.

  • Develop training plans, ensure timely completion of training, and maintain training binders for teams.

  • Assign and review work orders using a CMMS. Monitor employees progress to ensure maintenance records and service reports follow cGMP.

  • Understand and adhere to internal and external regulations, procedures, and policies to ensure facilities and equipment are fit for use and minimize service interruptions.

  • Collaborate with internal customers and vendors to improve services.

  • Manage critical spares to reduce MTTR and MTBF.

  • Collaborate on changes to monitoring systems (e.g., EMS, DCS) using Good Engineering Practices to increase system reliability and efficiency.

  • Assign and review work orders using a CMMS. Monitor employees progress to ensure maintenance records and service reports follow cGMP.

About you

Must Have/Required

  • High School diploma with 6+ years of experience, Technical certificate/license, or A degree with 4+ years of experience, BA/BS degree with a 2+ years of experience in a maintenance role in a regulated industry

  • 2+ years of supervisory experience as a lead worker or higher including writing employee appraisals/evaluations.

  • 2+ years' demonstrated experience with a CMMS, including planning and scheduling.

  • 2+ years' successful experience for utility plant systems, manufacturing, and lab

  • Excellent technical writing skills including SOPs, maintenance procedures and routine reports.

  • Expertise in interpreting technical documents such as blueprints, schematics, logic flow charts, operating and maintenance manuals.

  • Strong GxP knowledge and understanding.

  • Strong attention to detail and analytical skills.

  • Good working knowledge of safety practices.

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to get results through mentoring others. Effective coaching, facilitation, presentation, and team building skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills. A history of effectively speaking before groups of customers or employees of organization.

  • Occasionally required to stand up to 6 hours a day. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand; walk; talk or hear; and use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and lift 50 lbs.

  • Strong knowledge of Electronic and Electrical principals.

  • Flexible and excels in a dynamic environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations in which only limited standardization exists.

  • Proficiency with office and project software.

  • Models our Core Values: Be Bold: Find a Way, Care Deeply, Get Stuff Done -- is experienced as someone who exemplifies the culture we want to create; operates with transparency; is trusted

May Have/Preferred

  • Experience in a small company and high growth, fast-paced environment

  • Lean Six Sigma experience, demonstrated by successful completion of a major improvement project.

  • Understanding of PLC and BAS programing.

  • Previous experience with a facility start-up.

  • Supervision of contractors and vendors.

  • Pharmaceutical, Biotech or Life Sciences experience.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Category Facilities, Utilities & Maintenance

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