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Senior Manager, Manufacturing Engineering (Upstream Operations)

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Company: Roche
Contract: PERM
Location: California - Vacaville, United States

At Roche, 94,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity, and diversity.  We believe every employee makes a difference. We are passionate about transforming patients’ lives. We are courageous in both decision and action, we believe that good business means a better world.

The focus of the Vacaville Operations Facility is Drug Substance bulk manufacturing. We have a passion for science, technology, innovation, professional development, and diversity and inclusion.  We are also deeply respected for our unique and special culture; one that centers around the people we attract and hire.  Our Pharma vision is to have a greater overall patient benefit and impact.  This focus includes personalized healthcare, designing the processes with the patient in mind, and improving their quality of life.  We hope you consider joining our team and being a part of one of the largest biotechnology facilities in the world! 

Job Summary:

Leadership & People Management:

  • Leads and manages an area’s process systems within Biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities on site. 
  • Provides tactical guidance, arbitrates and prioritizes group activities, and implements resource loading and unloading for areas with 
  • Coordinates and interacts Quality / Validation; QA; Manufacturing Science and Technology (MSAT) group; Facilities, Engineering, Maintenance; Environmental, Health & Safety (SHE); Manufacturing teams; Manufacturing Planners / Schedulers; Material Management group 
  • Collaborates and assures strategic project target completions and technical competency in Stage Gate project reviews, Site Management and Stakeholders meetings, Product Councils and Steering Committees 
  • Provides arbitration for the staffing and technical challenges affecting multiple System Classes 
  • Be able to step in and act as a System Owner of any System Class in their area if required
  • Participates and provides guidance in Stage Gate project reviews, Site Management and Stakeholders meetings, Product Councils as related to the area of responsibility (upstream or downstream)
  • Provides mentoring and guidance to the team members as appropriate  
  • Presents and participates in the industry-wide collaborative efforts (e.g. ISPE, PDA, AIChE) as relates to all aspects of the System Class design, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance / inspection


  • Accountable for the System Class operational performance, availability, mechanical / structural / electrical integrity and reliability.
  • Strong ability to size, rate, select, and scale the process system components that include equipment, instrumentation, valves, and piping
  • Provides oversight and manages technical activities of area related studies, projects, and investigations, communicating the results to the Manufacturing Leadership Team
  • Manages and prioritizes System Owner’s response to emergent events that could interrupt production, while providing technical leadership to the initial assessment of events that have the potential to impact area safety and product quality
  • Coordinates and interprets operational data extracted from Batch Historian, through field observations, or compilation of study data, communicating the results to other groups and management
  • Accountable for the correctness of the Automation software updates and execution as it relates to the System Class
  • Initiates, coordinates, and approves the Root Cause Analysis and applicable troubleshooting for the System Class
  • Accountable and responsible for generation, review, approval, and life cycle maintenance of critical process requirement documents (e.g. Process URS, Process FS)
  • Accountable for correctness of project critical documentation (e.g. specifications, data sheets, calculations, P&IDs / PFDs, Vendor Drawings and Turn-over Packages) that may affect the System Class performance and integrity
  • Manages the development of area SOPs, protocols, as well other manufacturing documents
  • Coordinates Systems’ status, availability, and impact across all relevant projects and activities that may affect the system in technical, cost or schedule related manner
  • Provides oversight and approval to multiple projects implementation steps as it relates to the System Class

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical or Bio-Chemical Engineering is preferred. 
  • Degrees in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering or equivalent operating experience along with a Bachelor of Science in relevant scientific disciplines is considered.


  • 10-15 years of experience in the Biotech IndustryOver 5 years of experience with Upstream Commercial Cell Culture processingAt least 3 years of people's management experience having direct reports


  • Demonstrates a complete quantitative and qualitative understanding of process engineering principles and concepts with an ability to provide solutions to complex technical problems in the bio-pharmaceutical processing
  • Complete technical, design, and operational competence of specific System Class (es) within area of responsibility, and good understanding of complete Mammalian Cell Culture Process Upstream, Downstream, Process Supports and Utilities functions
  • Capable of providing creative, out of the box approaches to design and operating challenges
  • Proven ability to understand Project Management concepts and execution phases / deliverables for each phase
  • Working knowledge of applicable Quality Systems (e.g. Clean Utilities, sampling /QC) 
  • Working knowledge of cGMP practices
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills with proven ability to use market available software

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