Oxford BioMedica (UK) Limited

Group Lead Process R&D

05 Dec 2018
31 Jan 2019
R & D , Scientific

To manage the effective performance of scientific teams and major projects within Process R&D with a tactical focus on day to day management and meeting the scientific, clinical, manufacturing and business requirements of the department in line with company goals.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Provide leadership, direction and line management to multiple teams of scientists to contribute to the overall group objectives in line with company objectives
  • Be responsible for day to day operations within the group and ensuring project objectives are met within a set time frame and ensure projects remain in budget
  • Ensure all direct reports and persons involved in projects are fully trained and have a sufficient level of knowledge to undertake and interpret experiments. Maintain a high standard of record keeping and documentation of experiments so that information is clearly captured, disseminated and reported. Disseminate critical findings which may have a business impact to other departments within the company
  • Progress process development projects, optimisation and scale-up activities for the manufacture of gene-based medicines (both internal and external programs)
  • Provide upstream/downstream expertise and contribute to process design and scale-up, to deliver new and improved bio-manufacturing processes based on Quality by Design (QbD) and DoE (where applicable), which can be operated within a GMP environment
  • Have excellent knowledge of project area literature and upcoming technologies and ensure teams are up to date with current thinking and literature
  • Conduct and direct research of the highest quality, ensuring the same of other members of the group/project. Compile reports of scientific data and project findings with clear conclusions and recommendations for internal and external review
  • Evaluate and implement (and develop if necessary) new technologies/methodologies that may benefit the company in its research/development, manufacturing or business programmes
  • Support the development and implementation of manufacturing processes/continuous improvement programmes
  • Contribute to cross department activities providing expert advice and technical input where required. Provide technical expertise to other departments, clear direction for project research programmes, solutions to project problems and contribute to company-wide issues where required. Contribute to the scientific and business needs of the company
  • Excellent overall understanding of the company’s activities across departments and able to initiate and contribute to inter-departmental collaborations and discussions
  • Maintain a high ethical standard and a commitment to producing high quality work
  • Report results of the group to head of department and senior management
  • Present data at internal and external meetings and conferences to peers and subject leaders in the field
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication and documents for patent applications, regulatory authorities and external collaborators
  • Responsible for ensuring all scientific or proprietary data is submitted to PatentSafe or recorded in appropriate official documentation
  • Establish business relationships with external contractors and partners to ensure that department objectives are met. Develop external collaborations and business relationships which benefit the company and further its goals in line with company policies

Key skills and requirements:

  • Postgraduate degree (or equivalent level qualification) in a relevant science
  • Relevant, practical industry experience in executing cell culture/upstream/downstream projects/activities
  • Proven line management experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of managing multiple teams and projects
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and work under pressure
  • Good attention to detail
  • Highly motivated


Oxford BioMedica is a pioneer of gene and cell therapy and our work is helping to deliver life changing treatments.

Gene and cell therapy is the treatment of disease by the delivery of therapeutic DNA into a patient’s cells, providing long term and potentially curative treatments for a wide range of diseases. With the potential to transform medicine, the sector holds significant promise with the first commercial products now launched and others rapidly approaching the market.

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