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Sumitomo Pharma Associate Director, Commercial Drug Product Manufacturing and Packaging in Helena, Montana

Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. is a global pharmaceutical company based in Japan with key operations in the U.S. (Sumitomo Pharma America, Inc.), Canada (Sumitomo Pharma Canada, Inc.) and Europe (Sumitomo Pharma Switzerland GmbH) focused on addressing patient needs in oncology, urology, women's health, rare diseases, psychiatry & neurology, and cell & gene therapies. With several marketed products in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, a diverse pipeline of early- to late-stage assets, and in-house advanced technology capabilities, we aim to accelerate discovery, research, and development to bring novel therapies to patients sooner. For more information on SMPA, visit our website https://www.us.sumitomo-pharma.com (https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=4190475-1&h=3440496098&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.us.sumitomo-pharma.com%2F&a=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.us.sumitomo-pharma.com+) or follow us on LinkedIn (https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=4190475-1&h=2504638834&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fcompany%2Fsumitomo-pharma-america%2F&a=LinkedIn) .

Job Overview

We are currently seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, and experienced individual for the position of Associate Director, Commercial Drug product Manufacturing and Packaging

The Associate Director, Commercial Drug product Manufacturing and Packaging is responsible for overseeing crucial manufacturing production and ensures uninterrupted supply of SMPA’s commercial Oral Solid Dosage (OSD) portfolio through successful execution of production campaigns within our global network of external contract development & manufacturing organizations (CDMOs).

This role will serve as a leader and work with external manufacturing sites to ensure quality and compliance is met, provide technical oversight; collaborates with internal stakeholders and alliance partners to bring commercial product to desired markets; leads technology transfer and ensures commercial preparedness for manufacturing at CMOs.

The individual must have the ability to work independently, be an effective and engaged technical and strategic leader in a fast-paced environment. This role requires excellent technical expertise, strong interpersonal skills and outstanding communication skills to enable the manufacture and delivery of important medicines to patients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee and coordinate the overall evaluation and selection of external contract development & manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) for commercial needs.

  • Serves as a point of contact for Contract Development & Manufacturing Organizations (CDMOs), and act as technical lead.

  • Actively manages CDMOs in assigned projects to coordinate technology transfer and development efforts per project milestones, timelines, and deliverables for projects.

  • Reviews and coordinates Quality related documents pertaining to production with CDMO’s (complaints, deviations, change controls, OOS, etc.)

  • Assists in coordinating release and stability tests for drug product manufacturing and packaging.

  • Responsible for implementation and maintenance of serialization systems to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and enhance traceability within the pharmaceutical manufacturing process

  • Monitors and verifies implementation of SMPA‘s controlled documents at CDMOs partner sites.

  • Assist in review and revision of departmental SOPs in order to streamline and improve current practices.

  • Manages CDMOs on a daily basis, responsible for all interactions with CMO’s on the assigned projects.

  • Works with line manager and partner functions to develop processes/systems to effectively manage vendor selection and performance assessments.

  • Participates in solving issues of high complexity.

  • Communicates issues to line manager and project team in a timely manner.

  • Develops specific manufacturing recommendations for coordination of production schedules, environmental concerns, and safety issues.

  • Coordinates production flow from Process Development to Manufacturing.

  • Responsible for driving continuous improvement in all operation processes.

  • Assist in continuous process verification (CPV) of all products.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies, Knowledge, and Skill Requirements

  • Proven experience handling confidential and sensitive information with the ability to exercise discretion and show good judgment, honesty, integrity, and trust building

  • Serve as an ambassador for SMPA and key partnerships

  • Professional behaviors in all dealings is essential and required

  • Must have excellent customer-service orientation, high degree of professionalism, and ability to work with limited directions

  • Demonstrates a positive, ‘can do’ and service-oriented attitude. 

  • Strong oral and written communicator; detail-oriented with a commitment to accuracy

  • Self-motivated, with initiative and the ability to take ownership of, and follow through with, specific tasks

  • Ability to multi-task and shift priorities quickly while working under tight deadlines.

  • Skilled in developing collaborative internal and external relationships.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum 8 – 12 (w/o Master’s) or 6 – 8 years (with Master’s) years of relevant experience in biotech or pharmaceutical industry and a BA or BS degree in business, science and/or engineering is desirable

  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)

  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of manufacturing principles, concepts, industry practices, and standards

  • Experience with manufacturing and/or packaging of OSD drug product is desirable

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time. Domestic and International.

  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time

  • Regularly required to sit for long periods of time, and occasionally stand and walk

The base salary range for this role is $145,500 to $191,000. Base salary is part of our total rewards package which also includes the opportunity for merit-based salary increases, short incentive plan participation, eligibility for our 401(k) plan, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances and leaves provided in line with your work state. Our robust time-off policy includes unlimited paid time off, 11 paid holidays plus additional time off for a shut-down period during the last week of December, 80 hours of paid sick time upon hire and each year thereafter. Total compensation, including base salary to be offered, will depend on elements unique to each candidate, including candidate experience, skills, education and other factors permitted by law.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Confidential Data : All information (written, verbal, electronic, etc.) that an employee encounters is considered confidential.

Compliance :Achieve and maintain Compliance with all applicable regulatory, legal and operational rules and procedures, by ensuring that all plans and activities for and on behalf of Sumitomo Pharma America (SMPA) and affiliates are carried out with the "best" industry practices and the highest ethical standards.

Mental/Physical Requirements : Fast paced environment handling multiple demands. Must be able to exercise appropriate judgment as necessary. Requires a high level of initiative and independence. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Requires ability to use a personal computer for extended periods of time.

Sumitomo Pharma America (SMPA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action employer

Sumitomo Pharma America (SMPA) is committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information about EEO and the Law, please visit the following pages:

Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf)

EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

Pay Transparency (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/OFCCP/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf)

Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. is a global pharmaceutical company based in Japan with key operations in the U.S. (Sumitomo Pharma America, Inc.), Canada (Sumitomo Pharma Canada, Inc.) and Europe (Sumitomo Pharma Switzerland GmbH) focused on addressing patient needs in oncology, urology, women's health, rare diseases, psychiatry & neurology, and cell & gene therapies. With several marketed products in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, a diverse pipeline of early- to late-stage assets, and in-house advanced technology capabilities, we aim to accelerate discovery, research, and development to bring novel therapies to patients sooner. For more information on SMPA, visit our website https://www.us.sumitomo-pharma.com (https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=4190475-1&h=3440496098&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.us.sumitomo-pharma.com%2F&a=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.us.sumitomo-pharma.com+) or follow us on LinkedIn (https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=4190475-1&h=2504638834&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fcompany%2Fsumitomo-pharma-america%2F&a=LinkedIn) .

At Sumitomo Pharma America, our work is guided by the Sumitomo Pharma mission, vision and values, which tie closely to our company’s cultural pillars.

Our Mission

To broadly contribute to society through value creation based on innovative research and development activities for the betterment of healthcare and fuller lives of people worldwide

Our Vision

For Longer and Healthier Lives, we unlock the future with cutting edge technology and ideas

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