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Astellas Pharma Manager, Quality Control Analytical in Westborough, Massachusetts

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Astellas is announcing a Manager, Quality Control Analytical opportunity.


The Manager of Quality Control plays a key role in managing QC product testing operations and Method Validation functions in support of AIRM's program goals and regulatory submissions. . Looking for experience with Cell Culture, RT-qPCR, Flow Cytometry and Cell based assays of cell therapy products.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for overall day-to-day work operations in the QC Analytical lab; in-house and external product testing across product lines, associated support lab functions, and ensures documentation completed in accordance with cGMPs.

  • Manage and perform in-process, release and stability testing of AIRM cell therapy clinical products and cell banks internally and at contract testing labs.

  • Partners with analytical development to achieve method readiness to initiate validation, write validation protocol, gather and interprete data generated by analytical development/QC labs and writes/reviews validation reports.

  • Participates in execution of method validations and transfers within and outside of AIRM.

  • Interacting with contract laboratories to support sample testing, data analysis and investigations as required.

  • Oversees QC equipment validation, maintenance and calibration, and QC laboratory scheduling and maintenance.

  • Establish personal and QC analytical group goals to meet deliverables based on issued objectives.

  • Author and approve SOP's, protocols, reports, data summaries and quality systems internally as well as at CROs and CMOs.

  • Monitor and trend QC data; complete routine record review of test data and related documents for in-process testing, drug substance and drug product release and stability testing.

  • Manage and train junior members of the QC Analytical team on analytical methods, cell culture techniques, GDP and GMP best practices.

  • Expertise in analytical techniques such as Flow Cytometry, ELISAs, PCR, and cell bioassays and other new technologies used for the testing of cell therapy products.

  • Conduct investigations regarding out of specifications (OOS) results. Address and manage deviations related to analytical procedures with appropriate root cause anlysis. Provide updates to Tech Ops management as needed.

  • Collaborate with regulatory to support IND/NDA/MAA filings/amendments on CMC sections.

  • Support regulatory PAI and GMP inspections in a global environment.

  • Implement GMP systems in QC and ensure compliance with documented policies.

Quantitative Dimensions:

This position interacts with all levels of management on a routine basis and will oversee the QC Analytical operations. Works on complex and diverse problems giving guidance and suggestions. Actions may have implications on operations, budget and/or credibility.

Organizational Context:

Reports to the next line manager



  • PhD, MS or BS in Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Life Sciences or equivalent; PhD preferred.

  • PhD 3+ years, MS +7 years or BS +10 years of relevant experience in QC or equivalent experience in commercial pharmaceutical or cell therapy.

  • Excellent knowledge of GMP, ICH, USP and global compendial regulations and guidance.

  • QC experience in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry


  • Individuals experienced in cell culture, RT-qPCR, Immunofluorescence, Flow Cytometry and cell based assays preferred.

  • Possesses a positive, can-do attitude and creatively solves problems.

  • Occasional weekend work/support may be required to support GMP operations


  • 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 Research and Development

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