Validation Manager (m/w/d).

Job ID: 10917

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Our Client is a biopharma company with cutting-edge facilities. Operating across international centers specialized in clinical manufacturing and commercial scale production. Our client provides expertise and facilities from cell line development over process development, API production to fill & finish for partners and in-house biological pipeline. The leading full-service provider for biologics.


Develops, implements and manages DS/DP production process validation and revalidation strategies to meet cGMP requirements on time, on budget and quality to ensure that programs are compliant with inspection agencies' requirements and related SOPs. The position holder is also responsible for conceptual setup of continued process verification strategy and is single point of contact for process validation topics eg. HA inspections.

  • In detail:

    • Establish, write, maintain Validation Master Plan for process validation
    • Support MS&T Head in ensuring that responsible departments execute and maintain the VMP activities including, annual revalidation process procedures.
    • Maintain overview of validation state across sites.
    • Partner with Quality based on feedback (e.g. via regulatory inspections, changes in regulations) to establish and maintain common approach
    • Partner with Engineering and IT to define the process validation/ equipment/systems qualification interface.
    • Develop the strategy for continued process verification (CPV) and annual monitoring batches that ensures all critical process parameters and quality attributes are monitored or analyzed, and actions taken in case of trends or deviations. Reviews risk assessments for CPV.
    • Ensure CPV plans are in place to monitor and trend critical process parameters, quality attributes.
    • Establish and manage the respective validation plans by aligning, coordinating and supervising the prioritisation of activities against the business needs. Reviews risk assessments for validation.
    • Set procedures & templates for respective validation documentation and validation master plan, provide guidance to facility impact and component criticality assessments.
    • Maintain all activities in an inspection ready status ahead of any internal or external audits to ensure successful inspections e.g. no critical observations related to validation activities.
    • Author complex validation protocols (e.g. launches, transfers, weak point remediation).
    • Review or author routine re-validation protocols and reports, reviews Master Batch Records (MBRs), associated change controls and supports the execution at the shop floor
    • Participate in transfers and launches, liaise with technical development for new products and align on the product validation approach. Contribute to provide experimental data obtained during the validation activities, which will be used to prepare the related registration documentation
    • Support equipment process qualification for new technologies. Ensure consistency with process needs defined by Manufacturing and/or Engineering
    • Participate in improvement and rernediation of products
    • Be a senior advisor in case of difficult validation challenges
    • Understand potential risk areas/shortfalls and make sure that the site validation program is always inspection ready
    • Ensure a proper prioritization approach for Product Assessments, product validation, compliance activities
    • Leads the validation group and is responsible for his team members
  • Academic degree in science (biotechnology, biochemisty, process engineering)

  • Fluent English language

  • More than 5 years experience in manufacturing/ manufacturing science and technology/technical developmentlQuality

  • Thorough understanding of manufacturing processes (Up- & Downstream) and related process equipment

  • Strong working knowledge of applied statistics, quality systems and regulatory requirements across multiple health authorities

  • 2 - 5 years experience in executing process validation, having led and managed validation projects

  • Expert in reviewing and writing technical reports

  • Proven project management experience in a cross-functional environment (e.g. multi-site, technical development, other functions)

  • Fundamental understanding of standard pharmaceutical analytical testing