Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change.

Manager Cell Culture Technology Center Quality Assurance Operations

Your tasks and responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this role, Manager CCTC QA Operations, are to: 

  • Provide quality oversight to the project team. Execute the project to plan. Closely work with all functional areas to ensure timelines are met safely and compliantly. Challenge assumptions appropriately. Review and approve project documentation (URS, FS, FAT, SAT, IOQ protocols etc) to meet required timelines
  • Author, review or approve manufacturing documentation required for the project (SOP, BPR, Process Descriptions, Risk Assessments). Ensure adherence to platform process but with strong focus on flexibility and adaptability
  • Build high performing team. Ensure timely onboarding of personnel to maximize training opportunities and to support all process and / or facility validation requirements (FAT, SAT, IOQ, PQ). Build team culture that is strictly aligned to LIFE values
  • Work with the site team to establish robust processes for integration of CCTC with existing site systems.
  • Support tech transfer of new product(s) in parallel with project and ensure GMP readiness to manufacture on time. Post Project: Manage daily manufacturing activities to meet production plan
  • Leads a functional group to assure that raw material, consumables and Active Pharmaceutical Intermediate batches conform to all release specifications. Oversees final review of relevant manufacturing documentation
  • Performs analysis of multiple DR reviews requiring evaluation of complex multi-variant data to ensure patient safety, product quality and conformance to all regulatory agency requirements;
  • Identifies and escalates product quality issues to senior Quality management
  • Acts as a technical resource to support review of manufacturing/testing records and disposition of products.
  • Establish and maintain departmental metrics for area (weekly, monthly, and annually). Support release process and cycle time targets. Ensure timely review of manufacturing documentation (BPRs) with focus on GDP and compliance
  • Provides oversight and management of technical review activities to meet batch release timelines
  • Supports assessment of changes to products and processes.
  • Represents QA during audits and provides audit responses to observations;
  • Provides effective leadership including: individual goal setting/performance reviews, managing the development of employees, recognizing and appreciating employee contributions, mitigating conflict and communication problems, planning and facilitating team activities, selecting personnel and motivating members of the functional area; supporting workforce diversity, quality and safety and supporting supervisors in the management of their employees/department which support achievement of individual/department/business objectives
  • Coordinate with operations and supply chain to adhere to clinical and launch targets – meeting or exceeding monthly and annual production output demand.
  • Demonstrate commitment to safety by driving a safety culture and engaging in all safety initiatives.
  • Encourage an environment of continuous process improvement and take action accordingly.
  • Work cross functionally to develop an efficient and compliant process and, if needed, multi-product manufacturing in a single use facility. Support validation in commissioning and IOPQ of new equipment when needed (e.g. tech transfers).
  • Actively manage department cost center by reviewing monthly costs; look for opportunities to reduce costs and to operate more efficiently. Prepare and adhere to production output and operating budgets for department. Exert proper control and managing of expenses and use of resources, scraps, invoices etc.
  • Provide off-hour quality support and on-call emergency response when required. Must be able to work an off shift schedule as needed, including weekend cover.
  • Ensure Production areas and processes are maintained in excellent cGMP conditions at all times. Ensure that all compliance commitments are met. Ensure the plant, processes and personnel are inspection ready at all times and prepare the plant for inspection by external authorities and internal audits. Drive Quality mindset through ownership and self assessments.
  • Seek opportunities for improving overall compliance and discrepancies. Track deviation generation in the department and ensure that adverse trends are addressed quickly and effectively. Lead and / or participate in investigations to resolve deviations. Partner with Quality unit and engineering representatives to determine root causes of discrepancies and write-offs and implement effective corrective actions to minimize reoccurrence.
  • Author, review, approve or revise controlled documents. Assess process impact of proposed changes in materials, equipment and provide decision making recommendations for changes.
  • Provide effective leadership including: individual goal setting/performance reviews, training, coaching, and managing the development of employees; ensure appropriate staffing levels are met; effectively manage employee performance issues and corrective actions, recognizing and appreciating employee contributions, mitigating conflict and communication problem; planning and facilitating team activities; selecting personnel and motivating members of the functional area; supporting workforce diversity, quality and safety and supporting supervisors in the management of their employees/department which support achievement of individual/department/business objectives
  • Create and maintain the structure for staff meetings, daily meetings and floor shift huddles. Ensure standardized agenda, flow or relevant information/ data from one level of meeting to the next.
  • Develop and adhere to standard work practices to improve operational efficiency and communication.


Who you are


Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.  More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:


Required Qualifications:


•BS with 8+ Years of industry experience, or MS with 2+ Years of industry experience, or PhD with no prior industry experience, or Equivalent combination of education and experience.

•1-2 years of line management

•Broad knowledge & expertise in some or all of the following

manufacturing areas: Cell Expansion, Cell Culture, Purification, Media &

Solution Preparation and Weigh/Dispense. Proven ability to partner to

resolve issues.

•Experience with regulatory and cGMP requirements for pharmaceutical

manufacturing. Solid knowledge of pre and post-viral segregation

requirements. Knowledge of applicable agency regulation (FDA, EMA etc)

to ensure inspection readiness of department.

•Solid understanding of Quality Assurance topics relating to:

qualification and validation, material qualification and release,

documentation requirements, batch release. Desired experience with

deviation management, change management, and auditing.

•Thorough understanding of department & business processes. Ability to

write or follow written standard operating procedures, good

manufacturing practices, safety regulations, and corporate policies.

•Must be able to work in an independent manner and drive the work of


•Experienced with business systems such as SAP, LMS, MES, ITS (DR/CAPA System), Valgenesis etc. Experienced with Microsoft Office, Outlook, Visio, Microsoft project, and web search engines. Excellent computer skills.

•Effectively employ all methods of communication (oral, written,

presentation) to provide ongoing communication to employees or teams.

•Acts as a mentor and provides leadership for direct reports. Ability

to develop appropriate people skills to motivate, teach, and encourage

staff. Recognizes the strengths and development needs of others,

provides formal and informal feedback, and creates development

opportunities for direct reports.

•Acts as a change agent and applies effective change management.

•Assists in providing leadership, strategic direction, and goal setting

for all department activities. Acts as delegate to CCTC Plant Production

Lead if needed.

•Demonstrates a clear bias for action. Promotes a sense of urgency and

establishes and enforces individual accountability in the team. Delivers

on commitments. Anticipates problems, develops contingency plans to

achieve results. Persists in the face of challenges and setbacks.

Consistently follows through.

•Demonstrates composure under pressure and maintains positive outlook.

Demonstrates appropriate level of adaptability and flexibility. Makes

logical decisions under pressure and with limited information available.

Clearly articulates decision making processes.

•Challenges the status quo and embraces change. Adapts easily to meet

business needs. Actively looks for opportunities to improve and

encourages same of others. Works easily with limited information. Drives

improvement opportunities through to fruition

•Promotes ideas and proposals persuasively. Excellent influencing

skills. Establishes open, candid, and trusting relationships.

Demonstrates integrity by standing by decisions. Shows consistency

between words and action

•Defines success in terms of the team. Establishes common objectives and

a shared mindset. Provides direction to direct reports towards achieving

department goals and objectives. Empowers others by appropriately

pushing decision making and responsibilities down. Creates a strong team

morale. Rewards team efforts. Fosters open and transparent communication within the team and department. Puts a high priority on developing others through coaching, feedback, exposure and stretch assignments

•Treats colleagues from all levels as internal customers. Interacts and

responds to requests respectively. Gains insight into customer needs.

Represents own interests while being fair to others and their areas.

Partners to get work done. Credits others for their contributions and accomplishments.


Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience with single use technology and mAb production

•Previous experience in technology transfers or New Product Introduction

Your application

Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. Job postings will remain open for a minimum of ten business days and are subject to immediate closure thereafter without additional notice. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans


Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below.


Country: United States
Location: CA-Berkeley
Functional Area: [sap_fa_20]
Entry Level: 5