Deputy Head of Engineering and Facilities - GMP

Deputy Head of Engineering and Facilities - GMP

Job Title: Deputy Head of Engineering and Facilities - GMP
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Stevenage
Salary: Up to £59,000 plus excellent benefits
Start Date: 2018-05-30
Reference: 15888 JH
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 30, 2018 10:34

Job Description

James Hume is recruiting for a Deputy Head of Engineering and Facilities to join a ground breaking new manufacturing centre for this innovative and growing biotech based in Stevenage. This new facility’s purpose is to manufacture therapies for use in clinical trials working on a multi occupancy basis with collaborators operating on site.  This opened at the end of last year and very soon after opening received funding to double in size due to the demand for their expertise.  Now the site is operational they need to recruit a Deputy Head of Engineering and Facilities to provide strategic support, work with collaborators and take operational management of the day to day mechanical, electrical engineering and facilities activities of the site.

The Company
The company is a centre of excellence that has been operating for over 5 years with the purpose to support the growth of the Cell & Gene Therapy industries in the UK and Internationally.  They provide the scientific expertise to bridge the gap between research and full scale commercialisation, collaborating with academia and industry to bring therapies to the market.  As part of this they have recently built and opened a new multi – occupancy manufacturing facility in Stevenage.  It comprises of Grade A / B clean rooms, QC laboratories, warehousing, dispatch, along with segregated client production and business offices covering 7,200 m2.  The centre is currently opened at the end of last year with a number of collaborators already on boarded to the site.  Soon after opening the centre received further funding to double is size to move from 6 to 12 clean rooms based on the initial success and demand for their expertise.

The Role
The purpose of the Deputy Head of Engineering and Facilities is an operational role managing the day to day mechanical, electrical, & facilities management at the site.  To ensure that the availability and reliability of building utilities, services, and manufacturing equipment for the operational meet collaborator requirements.  As this is a new site you will be key in contributing to and implementing a framework for the compliance and ongoing quality performance and right first-time culture.  Developing and managing the Good Engineering Practices (GEP) within the maintenance department and the ongoing monitoring of these.  In addition, you will be responsible for the daily management of the soft services (waste, cleaning of controlled non-classified (CNC), Grade C and office areas, security, environmental, Health & Safety, landscaping, catering and other contracted services). To ensure these are operating to operational and compliance requirements.

This is a key role to work closely with the Head of Engineering and Facilities Management who has so far designed and implemented the systems operating at present.  However, they now need someone to join the growing team to take control of the day to day operations and contribute to strategy going forward, growing with the role as the facility expands and develops itself.

You will need to have experience of managing the engineering and facilities within in a GMP phase III or commercial biologics, vaccine, cell and / or gene therapies manufacturing facility, ideally a multifunctional site but this is not essential.  You will need to have experience of working to GMP regulations, experience of FDA regulations is advantageous to your application.  In addition, you will need to have demonstrable understanding of Building Services, M&E systems, building fabric and BMS, EMS systems and operation. You will need to be a member of a professional organisation e.g. CMI, CIBSE, BIFM, CIOB and evidence of continued Professional Development (CPD).