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Thermo Fisher Scientific Site Head of Validation in Cambridge, Massachusetts

When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you'll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With revenues of more than $24 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

Viral Vector Services is a dynamic gene and cell therapy CDMO that is looking for leaders to bring the highest quality processes, products and testing to our clients. Our staff members are committed to making a difference in our organization, for our client partners and the patients we serve. We seek individuals with proven competencies and strong character to help lead our organization now and into the future.

Location/Division Specific Information

Cambridge, MA

How will you make an impact?

The Site Head for Process Validation will be responsible for successful PPQ executions for multiple viral vectors. The Process Validation Head will lead a team of validation engineers and contractors to ensure site PPQ readiness, PPQ completion, and client communication. The candidate will work closely with the Upstream, Downstream, Analytical and DP MST groups as well as clients to author process justification reports, process control strategy, PPQ protocols and reports. The site head will also oversee the CPV program from various products at the Cambridge site and ensure compliance of the site validation program with the regulatory agencies and Thermo Fisher VVS policies.

What will you do?

  • Provide technical leadership to scientists, validation engineers and associates within MST working on process validation of manufacturing processes. Must stay current with relevant technologies and forward thinking to identify new approaches.

  • System owner for Process Validation at the Cambridge site within VVS. Responsible for ensuring system is current with best practices and SOPs and templates are established.

  • System owner for Continued Process Verification (CPV) program at the Cambridge site within VVS. Responsible for ensuring system is current with best practices and SOPs and templates are established.

  • System owner for the Discoverant system at the Cambridge site within VVS. Responsible for ensuring system is current with best practices and SOPs and templates are established.

  • Oversee commercial process validation and associated documentation and maintain PPQ dashboards and remove barrier to successful execution of PPQ batches.

  • Manage preparation and review of necessary technical documentation for successful and timely execution of PPQ and CPV.

  • Lead PPQ related investigations and data analysis to address deviation and implement change controls as necessary

  • Provide on-site support during the process validation campaigns and associated documentation and regulatory filings, as required.

  • Represent VVS as an SME during external and internal regulatory compliance inspections. Participate in writing, reviewing and approving CMC sections of US and international clinical trial applications, regulatory question responses, supplemental biologics license applications and international variations

  • Work with counterparts within Process Development, Process Characterization, MST and Cambridge Manufacturing, Quality, Project Management teams etc. to lead PPQ readiness, successful execution, and reporting.

How will you get there?


Bachelor's degree required in cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or related field. Master's Degree is preferred


  • 10+ yrs. hands on experience in process validation of vaccines and/or biologics, preferably with cell therapy and/or gene therapy product experience.

  • 6+ years in leading validation / technology groups in a fast-paced production environment.

  • Experience in defending execution and approaches, policies and procedures, in regulatory inspections is required.

  • Strong experience in defending process validation approach and protocols to regulators during site inspections.

  • Experience in managing internal and external customers (i.e. Clients) and communicating sound scientific decisions along with timelines. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong technical expertise in biopharmaceutical manufacturing and/or process development.

  • Proven expertise in late stage/commercial process validation biopharmaceutical/gene transfer vector manufacturing is required.

  • Working knowledge of GMP and regulatory requirements of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

  • Knowledge of cell and gene therapy vector production highly desirable.

  • Ability to analyze, interpret and compile data, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and make decisions.

  • Understanding of guidelines required by FDA, EMA, and other regulatory bodies

  • Excellent troubleshooting skills and ability to solve complex technical issues

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them. Our global team of more than 75,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.