Operations Planner - GMP

Operations Planner - GMP

Job Title: Operations Planner - GMP
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Stevenage
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum, Benefits: plus excellent benefits
Start Date: 2019-09-05
Reference: V-45771
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 06, 2019 14:05

Job Description


A cutting edge biotech is recruiting for an Operations Planner to join a state of the art Cell & Gene Manufacturing Centre based in Stevenage.  The company are a leading the way in the commercialisation and development of cutting edge therapies that are now advancing through the clinical trial phases that are manufactured at their Stevenage site.  They are recruiting for someone to join their team who can coordinate all company, collaborator and contractor activities in the centre.  As well as manage the Operational Planning and Technical Services Teams.


The Company


The company are a centre of excellence that is at the forefront of creating a viable and sustainable cell and gene therapy industry.  Their headquarters are in central London where they have built a leading multidisciplinary team that has the ability to take a therapy from concept through the development cycle to the market.  They collaborate with both academia and industry and they are able to provide the scientific, clinical and commercial expertise needed to overcome the challenges that hinder the commercialization of these fast developing, cutting edge technologies.  They have constructed a purpose-built manufacturing centre which opened at the end of 2017 and immediately after opening additional funding was allocated for the centre to be doubled in size due to the demand for their services.  This currently consists of 6 clean room suites out for collaborators to use to manufacture advanced therapies for use in clinical trials.  With plans underway to expand from 6 to 12 clean rooms.  


The Role


The Operations planner is a key role in the coordination and running of the manufacturing centre by coordinating all company, collaborator and contractor activities within the centre.  With the additional responsibility for managing the Operational Planning and Technical Services Teams. 


This is a broad role where you will be working closely with the collaborators to ensure they have all the services they require and planning to accommodate theses e.g. sample transfers materials, spills management etc.  To achieve this you will work closely with the relevant Project Managers, especially during the onboarding process to ensure the move into the centre happens smoothly.  You will be working closely with Quality Assurance teams to ensure compliance to all manufacturing shared areas and documentation.


This is a busy role where you will be working with different collaborators, projects and teams on a regular basis as a central part of the centre.  This role will also be a part of the expansion of the site as they develop from 6 to 12 clean rooms, a process that is currently underway.





You will need to have experience of working in GMP environment, preferably within biologic, ATMP, cell / gene therapy, Biopharmaceutical or pharmaceutical manufacture.  You will need to have experience of interacting with customers or clients with scheduling experience in a similar production experience.  With a strong understanding of GMP and experience of working with QA.