Vacancy Manager, Cell Therapy Manufacturing – Leiden


01 SEP ’22: For a global biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and delivering innovative medicines for patients with serious diseases, we are looking for a Manager of Manufacturing, Cell Therapy. Currently, the organisation is building a new state-of-the-art facility focused on commercial cell therapy manufacturing. To make this happen they are recruiting senior staff for their Manufacturing department.


The Manager of Manufacturing will drive the execution of the cell therapy manufacturing processes according to the established guidelines. You are ultimately responsible for the management of a team whose main focus is the execution of these processes, technical assessments, and maintaining a culture of compliance. Next to this, due to the start-up phase of the facility, you will also take a leading role in the scale-up and set-up of the CAR-T facility.

In addition to this, you will also be responsible for:

  • Setting priorities and constantly reviewing and improving safety and quality levels;
  • Establishes and manages the CAR-T operational team, as well as hiring and mentoring, and developing exceptional people;
  • Responsible for driving and motivating your high-performing team on a daily basis.


Ideally, the organisation is looking for someone with at least 7 years of relevant manufacturing experience in biologics and/or pharmaceuticals. In addition, you combine this with at least 4 years in a leadership role, such as a manager or an experienced team Lead/Supervisor.

In addition, you will bring the following experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field, or equivalent in work experience;
  • Extensive knowledge of EHS and cGMPs
  • Knowledge of how to include the Mission and Vision of a company into the goals and objectives set in the department;
  • Adaptable to a fast-paced, complex, and ever-changing business environment;
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles. A green belt certification is a strong plus;
  • Communication skills in at least English.


You will come across a company that is passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply their individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, their shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion, and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of their colleagues.

The organisation is also able to offer you:

  • Competitive base salary between €75.000 and €82.000;
  • Bonus potential of 10%;
  • 30 holidays with the possibility to buy/sell up to 10 days;
  • Health-, life and accident insurance;
  • Pension plan;
  • Unique opportunity to contribute to a new organisation in an exciting and innovative field.


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Aron Berhane
Senior Associate | Biotech & Pharma

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