Senior Director, Process Development

Newark & South San Francisco, CA
Process Development /
Full-time /
Our mission is to develop therapies that empower the immune system to combat neurodegeneration and our team is focused on developing treatments for some of the most challenging diseases facing our society. We are supported in this mission by experienced and accomplished scientists and clinicians, a novel portfolio of programs, leading healthcare investors, and pharma company partners, who share in our commitment to bettering the lives of patients and realizing a world where we make brain disorders history 

The Senior Director of Process Development is accountable for continuously developing the people, manufacturing processes, and business strategies required to drive our programs from discovery to the clinic, and ultimately the marketplace. The successful candidate will lead and drive the team and site responsible for developing, optimizing, and scaling the upstream and downstream biologics manufacturing operations, and for developing and validating the analytical methods required to ensure process robustness in a phase appropriate manner.

This pivotal role will represent process development efforts across the organization and integrate closely with the Research department, the CMC project teams, and contract development manufacturing organizations. The individual will work cross-functionally with internal and external partners to deliver novel pipeline candidates for neurodegenerative diseases.

During your first year, you will:

    • Set strategy for our Process Development team across multiple complex drug candidates, prioritize resources to plan and budget and drive decisions and actions consistent with our company goals
    • Work closely with our Research teams to drive novel molecules using our Alector Brain Carrier technology toward the clinic
    • Collaborate throughout R&D to devise comprehensive strategies for insourcing and outsourcing preclinical efforts as appropriate
    • Provide scientific and strategic guidance, as well as mentorship, to all Process Development staff
    • Lead the transition of pre-clinical programs to GMP manufacturing at leading CDMOs with our Tech Ops team
    • Pursue and employ emerging technologies to ensure our processes are innovative, portable, and scalable

We would love to hear from you if you possess:

    • BS/BA, MS/MA or PhD in a scientific subject area or related field
    • Excellent people leader and mentor; exemplary verbal and written communication skills
    • Significant experience developing, improving, scaling, and transferring biologics manufacturing processes. Maintains a deep understanding of product quality control strategies
    • Hands-on experience developing monoclonal antibodies, bi-specifics, and fusion proteins
    • Extensive experience developing robust cell lines and high-yielding processes
    • Self-motivated problem solver
    • Proven ability to work collaboratively across functions and with partners
    • Ability to influence peers, colleagues, and senior leadership
    • Strong self-awareness of the impact communication and working style has on others 
$257,000 - $278,000 a year
Base salary ranges will be determined by the candidate's level, qualifications, skill set, and experience.

At Alector, our vision is bold, people are our priority, and our values are at the core of everything we do. Our dynamic and flexible environment encourages our teams to experiment, take ownership of decisions, and question convention to solve complex problems. We value shared wins, perseverance, and a growth mindset, which drives us forward, together.  

Among the things you'll discover at Alector from your very first day are our committed and driven colleagues, a bold company vision, and new, modern offices designed to inspire innovation and collaboration in South San Francisco, right at the heart of Biotech Bay. Our benefits are thoughtfully designed around Alectorians and their loved ones and include flexible hybrid work options, competitive compensation, and comprehensive and unique benefits that enhance your health and well-being. Come join us! 
We believe that hard-working teams include people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives and bring creative ideas to the table. We are committed to building an open, diverse, and inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, or any other characteristics protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

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