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Astellas Pharma Director of Operations in Seattle, Washington

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

Universal Cells , an affiliate of Astellas located in Seattle, WA, is focused on the development and commercialization of stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies. We conduct clinical-grade gene editing of stem cells to produce cells that avoid rejection and can be used in allogeneic cell therapy treatments to treat all patients that need them.



We are a dynamic team of research and scientific professionals who are passionate about turning science and innovation into medical solutions. Through our diversity, scientific knowledge, professional rigor and focus on innovation, we are merging our technology with the Astellas drug development expertise to unlock cures to many therapies. Join our team of committed, enthusiastic professionals devoted to making the most effective, life-saving cell therapy products in the world.

Universal Cells (UCI) is announcing a Director of Operations opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA .


The primary purpose of the Director of Operations is to oversee all daily operations for Supply Chain, Warehouse, Front Office, Environmental Health & Safety, Manage external vendors and contracts. Provide process improvements and efficiencies with operational processes, policies & procedures; and direct the daily operations of team members.

Universal Cells is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma. Astellas is an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company whose philosophy is to contribute to the improvement of people's health around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Participates in establishing strategic plans and objectives, on administrative or operational matters and ensuring effective achievement of objectives.

  • Works with the management team, develops and implements a long-range facilities plan to reach objectives, and ensures that tactical facilities decisions are consistent with this plan.

  • In conjunction with Facility Manager and/or other relevant stakeholders, prepares plans, budgets and schedules facilities modifications including estimates, quotes, layout, contracts calibrations and maintenance requirements with outside vendors.

  • Works with the Material Management in maintaining effective and efficient supply chain efforts for research and cGMP compliance of materials and supplies. Familiar with controlled accounting policies and procedure

  • Working with Management team to ensure ordering, invoice reconciliation, and payment of vendors is timely and in accordance with Astellas programs

  • Acts as a liaison with building property management on leasehold issues including tenant improvements, HVAC issues, etc.

  • In conjunction with EH&S:

  • Develops, implements and manages EH&S (environmental, health and safety) policies/procedures, benchmarks safety programs and techniques to ensure compliance, injury prevention, and risk mitigation.

  • Administers office and laboratory safety and security plans and procedures, continually monitoring locations to ensure they remain safe, secure and well-maintained.

  • Ensures and maintains OSHA and other regulatory compliance (environmental, health & security) in facilities and coordinates inspections. Manage agency inspections and prepare deliverables for the response to inspection reports.

  • Conducts job site assessments, focusing on unsafe conditions and unsafe work behaviors; ensure appropriate action is taken to correct deficiencies.

  • Performs Injury and Illness investigations, root cause analysis, data trending, program audits and laboratory safety and compliance inspections. Investigates accidents to identify their causes and find ways to prevent recurrences. Investigates, prepares, and forwards, as required, reports on injuries to appropriate agencies.

  • Maintains Company OSHA/EPA hazardous waste records.

  • Ensures that all required written programs (e.g., hazard communication, contingency plan, lockout/tagout, waste minimization plan, hearing conservation, blood-borne pathogens, etc.) are properly documented.

  • Establishes budget and accurate spending projections, manages within capital and operating resources and identifies significant capital spend requirements during budget preparation.

  • In conjunction with Facility Manager, oversees and helps to coordinate year-end shutdown to include preventative maintenance, major projects and lab modifications.

  • Organizes and prepares technical documentation necessary to ensure cGMP compliance of all facilities operations.

  • Responsible for long-range planning and delivery of multiple change programs on time including project performance, risk management, administration, financial management and issue resolution.

  • Provides managerial, strategic, and tactical leadership to team members.

  • Perform other duties as assigned or special projects as needed

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • The Director of Operations establishes budget and accurate spending projections, manages within capital and operating resources and identifies significant capital spend requirements during budget preparation.



  • BA/BS degree from accredited institution

  • 5-7 years' experience in Facilities Operations and Supply Chain Management.

  • Demonstrated ability to form effective, high-impact partnerships with peer leaders and internal employees as customers.

  • Outstanding communicator, with a shown ability to use a wide variety of techniques to communicate internally to an organization.

  • Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail; with the ability to coordinate multiple large and diverse projects simultaneously.

  • Previous experience in managing budgets, A/P review and approvals, review and approve contracts.

  • Proven capability to appropriately challenge status quo, drive and support innovation- including new ideas to streamline and enhance processes rather than solely implement current tactics;

  • Strong computer skills including advanced use of Microsoft office applications, SAP, Ariba, Oracle

  • Leadership, project management and team building skills - Ability to lead projects and initiatives

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


  • Degree in Engineering preferred, but not required for this role.

  • Experience working in Biotech/Pharm industry.

  • Experience in Oracle, SAP and Ariba spend management.


  • 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

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans


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Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans