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Associate Director, Tech Ops

Company: Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: April 4, 2021

Job Description:

Associate Director, Drug Substance Operations ---
CMC / Technical Operations Cambridge, MA ------- ID: 9A-124C ------- Full-Time/Regular
Reporting to Director, Technical Operations, the Associate Director is a newly created role in our Technical Operations team and will spearhead the successful validation, technical transfer activities, and process optimization of drug substance. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, enthusiastic, and a team player with a passion for playing a key role in the development of life-saving medicines.
Required Skills

  • Lead validation, technical transfer activities, and process optimization activities at Akebia CMO's
  • Oversee the routine manufacturing activities at Akebia's CMO's
  • Lead deviations, investigation, CAPAs as the technical SME internally and at Akebia's CMOs
  • Drive implementation of continuous improvements to support cost of goods reductions, and robust and reliable, commercial manufacturing processes using risk-based processes
  • Review and approve documents related to GMP operations as requested including DP development/validation protocols/reports, Master Batch Records, Executed Batch Records, campaign summary reports, and stability summary reports.
  • Identify and select new commercial CMOs for Akebia's drug substance manufacturing
  • Design and develop related manufacturing process improvements including scale-up, technology transfers, validation and troubleshooting of process-related issues.
  • Serve as the technical point person with contract manufacturing sites.
  • Working with the Drug Substance Development team, support late-stage product development activities
  • Participate in preparation, review, and approval of CMC sections for regulatory filings
  • Participate in periodic business and technical review meetings with relevant DP CMOs
  • Clearly communicate progress and collaborate with internal cross-functional development teams to ensure alignment with overall asset development and filing plans
  • Travel to various CMO sites (circa 20%)
    Required ExperienceBasic Qualifications:
    • B.S. and 12+ years of experience in pharma or biotechOR
      • M.S. and 10+ years of experience in pharma or biotechOR
        • PhD and 6+ years of experience in pharma or biotechPreferred Qualifications:
          • Degree in Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related discipline
          • 5+ years of hands-on experience in drug substance late stage development and validation
          • Technical depth in drug substance process development and validation of small molecules
          • Understanding on how to set and justify drug substance specifications with the understanding of CMC processesAkebia Therapeutics, Inc. is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for people with kidney disease. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit our website at--www.akebia.com .Akebia Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all job applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.Agency and Third Party Recruiter Notice:Agencies that submit a resume to Akebia for any position posted on our career page must have a current Akebia agency agreement executed by a member of the Human Resource Department. In addition, agencies may only submit candidates to positions for which they have been invited to do so by an Akebia Recruiter. All resumes submitted outside of these terms will not be considered.

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