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Manufacturing Specialist Lead

Neogene Therapeutics
Santa Monica, CA
Start date
Jun 13, 2024

Job Details

At AstraZeneca's Oncology R&D division, we follow the science to explore and innovate. We are working towards treating, preventing, modifying, and even curing some of the world's most complex diseases. Here we have the potential to grow our pipeline and positively impact the lives of billions of patients around the world. We are committed to making a difference and have built our business around our passion for science. Now we are fusing data and technology with the latest scientific innovations to achieve the next wave of breakthroughs.

Position Summary

Neogene is seeking a highly motivated individual for the role of Manufacturing Specialist Lead, to join our Manufacturing team, to work in an exciting new area of cell therapy at Neogene Therapeutics. This position is based out of Santa Monica, CA. This role reports directly to the Senior Manager, Manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Specialist Lead role will be responsible for ensuring successful manufacture and release of cell therapy products following all processes and procedures related to operations in full compliance with cGMP. This role will be leading the manufacturing operational readiness and successful tech transfer using knowledge of cGMP regulations.

Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Using general application of concepts and principles supports activities to enable GMP readiness for clinical manufacturing including equipment procurement, installation and qualification, facility qualification and technology transfer.
  • Perform tasks in a manner consistent with safety policies, quality systems, and cGMP requirements.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for manufacturing processes.
  • Lead in setting up manufacturing areas and equipment, including complex automated cell processing equipment.
  • Develop and execute procedures for the transfer of materials into the cleanroom and distribution throughout the suites.
  • Provides support to manager and accomplishes tasks mainly through working with entry-level employees.
  • Complete understanding and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards.
  • Develop solutions to moderately complex problems.
  • Participates in determining objectives of assignment. Under guidance, plans schedules and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives.
  • Observe, report and solve abnormalities in routine and non-routine tasks.
  • Follow all cleaning and gowning procedures for the facility.
  • Maintain appropriate inventories of material and supplies within the cleanroom areas to support manufacturing activities.
  • Ensure all materials and equipment are identified and available in time for manufacturing activities.
  • Support Process Development to align manufacturing plans with overall product development plans.
  • Ensure that all production operations are controlled and executed within cGMP regulatory guidelines.
  • Provide timely verbal and written updates to Manufacturing leadership.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned to meet business needs.



  • A minimum of eight (8) plus years with High School or 4 plus years with BS/BA in relevant science or engineering discipline with a minimum of two (2) plus + years of experience in cGMP or cell therapy manufacturing.
  • A minimum of two(2) plus years with MS/MA or Engineering Degree with a minimum of five (5) years experience within a pharmaceutical or biotech industry with increasing levels of responsibility and operational excellence or Lean manufacturing principles preferred.
  • Clear understanding of cGMP process and knowledge of CMC regulatory framework for biologics.
  • Experience of aseptic techniques for primary human cell cultures and GMP manufacturing.
  • Direct experience supporting tech transfer and GMP clinical/commercial manufacturing operations.
  • Experience with single use technologies and tools for cell culture.
  • Organization skills for day-to-day activities and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A strong work ethic and sense of purpose with a demonstrated ability to identify, analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to drive safety, quality, functional, technical, and operational excellence.
  • Ability to inspire and foster innovation, collaboration, transparency, and team effectiveness.
  • Ability to make timely decisions and knowing when to escalate and when to delegate


Additional Qualifications:

  • Proficient understanding and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards.
  • Wide range knowledge of industry practices, cell therapy manufacturing experience highly desirable.
  • Develop solutions to complex problems independently.
  • Refer as necessary to established precedents and policies or use original thinking.
  • Work is performed under minimal direction.
  • Assists in determining objectives of assignment.
  • Cleanroom garments and personal protective equipment will be required in designated areas which cover head, parts of the face, core body, and legs/feet.
  • Ability to work in the vicinity of strong magnets.
  • Plan schedules and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives.
  • Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.
  • Provides direction to subordinates based on general policies and management guidance.

The anticipated salary range for candidates who will work in Santa Monica, CA is $105,000 to $124,000. The final salary offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and length of experience within the job type and length of experience within the industry, education, etc. 

At Neogene we celebrate the diversity of our employees and our leadership. Neogene is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  


DE&I Statement

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.


Neogene Therapeutics is a global, preclinical stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of next generation, fully individualized engineered T cell therapies for a broad spectrum of cancers.

Our proprietary neoantigen T cell receptor (TCR) discovery and T cell engineering platform identifies TCR genes with specificity for neoantigens – found exclusively on cancer cells as a result of cancer-associated DNA mutations.

Cancer is a genetically individual disease – no two tumors are exactly the same. These variations create neoantigens – unique targets for every tumor. Neogene’s novel approach delivers a tailored T cell therapy containing a unique set of specific TCR genes for each individual patient. Engineered into patient-derived T cells, these TCRs are directed toward neoantigens in tumor cells, with the goal of eliciting strong and durable responses in a variety of solid tumor indications.

We offer the opportunity to join a highly dynamic biotech start-up. You can expect a collaborative environment created by a team with deep scientific expertise and an industrial track-record in T cell therapies. We value pro-active team-players who pursue their goals with dedication, endurance and a daring mindset. If you share our commitment to make a difference to patients in need, we can provide an exciting opportunity for your career.

Company info
2225 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica
United States

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