Posted to MedZilla on 3/22/2019


US-NJ, Cell Processing Specialist CAR-T Cell Therapy 247260BR-MZ


Cell Processing Specialist CAR-T Cell Therapy - Morris Plains, NJ

A global healthcare leader, Novartis has one of the most exciting product pipelines in the industry today. A pipeline of innovative medicines brought to life by diverse, talented, performance driven people. All of which makes us one of the most rewarding employers in our field. We're committed to peak performance, improving the quality of life, and embracing and leveraging diverse backgrounds, cultures and talents to achieve competitive advantage.

The Cell Processing Specialist is responsible for operations on Day 0, cell washing and Harvest processing and for verifying cell processing associates on intermediate processing days of patient derived clinical and commercial cellular immunotherapy products.

Cell processing specialist will also be responsible for the formulation and verification of all media lots. Due to the nature of the starting material (patient cells) this role requires high level of proficiency and ownership of the process and media formulation.

Major Accountabilities:
- Ownership for the processing of the assigned Patient starting material in the clean room environment
- Ability to gown aseptically and work in a clean room environment (ISO 8, 7 and ISO 5) areas for extended periods of time
- Day 0, cell washing and Harvest processing with the ability to work with automated equipment such as the CS5 and Sepax
- Verification of intermediate process days which include expertise with the wave bioreactor, NC-200 and in process environmental monitoring
- Maintains and prepares equipment/environment for use
- Proficient in the use of production related IT systems such as SAP, LIMS and MES
- Documents all steps in the assigned Batch record in line with GMP requirements
- Conduct all necessary processing/verification steps for the assigned lot with highest skill level of aseptic technique
- Conduct all necessary processing/verification steps for assigned lots of media with the highest skill level of aseptic technique
- Assist on Deviation Investigations and Inspections
- Participation in assigned qualification/ validation activities
- Responsible for Successful on time completion of required training curriculum comprising of the necessary Global Operating Procedures (GOPs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Aseptic Techniques, Gowning Qualifications and other relevant training including HSE for the specific role
- Maintains an “audit ready” module
- Perform other duties as assigned; ie. batch record review, process streamline improvements, safety walk-thrus

Key Performance Indicators:
- Right First Time Batch Record execution
- Conformance to schedule
- 95% training compliance of all associates
- Adherence to attendance guidelines and all safety related procedures
- No major or critical audit findings pertinent to the ISO 5 & 7 areas
- Manufacturing compliance/adherent to all GDP/GMP principles
- Aseptic/Cleanroom behavior in accordance with GMP guidelines
Minimum Requirements
Position will be filled at level commensurate with experience

Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant Engineering or Scientific discipline (preferred) or equivalent work experience. Master’s degree desired

1+ years’ experience in cGMP, cell culture experience preferred
Experience with SAP, MES, Trackwise, etc. preferred

Other Qualifications:
Alternate shifts, weekends and overtime will be required
Ability to work with magnetic field equipment
Ability to lift 50 lbs. unassisted
Requires handling of chemicals such as corrosives, solvents & bio-hazardous materials

Values & Behaviors
Ability to adapt and learn new and complex equipment and systems and detailed scientific content
Ability to collaborate with other groups, teams and departments in addressing process related issues in a highly diverse environment
Ability to multitask when required
Seek feedback and respond to it through personal change
Demonstrate a high level of discipline and self-motivation
Maintains composure during stressful situations.
Speak Up Mentality
Ability to resolve conflict professionally
Jointly own problems
To apply, please visit

Visit Our Website


* If a direct employer requests that you go to their web site and complete your application there in order to be
  considered, please do so. Applications for all positions are subject to each employer's specific requirements.