Senior Manager, Compliance & Quality Systems

Bridgewater, NJ
Quality – Quality /
Full Time /
We are seeking an innovative and highly motivated Senior Manager, Compliance & Quality Systems, who will contribute significantly to the growth of the Cellares team.  

This individual will be responsible for implementing and managing the site Quality Systems, Supplier Quality, Training and Document Control programs. They will be identifying and assessing regulatory and quality risks during site GMP operations ensuring adherence to global regulations and Cellares’ policies and procedures. This individual will be responsible for leading the continuous inspection readiness efforts and the site's self-inspection program.

Candidates should enjoy working in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment, and be prepared to tackle a broad selection of challenges as the company grows.


    • Manage and lead the Quality Compliance group including supplier quality management, quality systems, inspection management training, and regulatory compliance 
    • Lead the implementation and maintenance of the Quality Management System at Cellares with the goal of maximizing efficiency, effectiveness and compliance with all applicable GMP regulations
    • Direct the compliance programs for all cGMP areas and promote a strong Quality culture within the global organization including a strong presence in Quality, Manufacturing, MSAT, Supply Chain and Purchasing,  Analytical Development, Process Development, and Engineering 
    • Ensure adherence to Cellares’ Quality System, regulatory standards and Federal laws
    • Support tech transfer of late stage/commercial cell therapy products and equipment coming through the organization pipeline
    • Serve as key lead during team and other technical forums with respect to compliance and regulatory strategies
    • Provide Quality direction and strategy for operational issues or technical challenges
    • Manage and oversee the Document Management System & Data Integrity programs for paper and electronic based systems ensuring compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 regulatory standards
    • Prepare and host periodic Quality Management Reviews to assess the effectiveness of the Quality Systems; identify unfavorable trends and collaborate with site stakeholders and functions to ensure their timely mitigation
    • Evaluate, contribute, and approve change controls, risk assessments, quality events, CAPAs, and other investigations as they relate to compliance and technical challenges and implementation plans
    • Contribute to CMC sections of regulatory filings, proprietary reagent filings, and other regulatory filings including client and business support paths
    • Key lead during site preparation of regulatory and customer inspections including personnel preparation and training
    • Collaborative host of regulatory and customer inspections and audits 
    • Preparation and approval of follow up activities including responses, commitments, CAPAs, and other strategy plans 
    • Manage and oversee the self inspection and internal audit programs
    • Perform and collaborate on global Quality audits with respect to internal and external customers
    • Responsible for the GMP Training program and ensuring its ongoing effectiveness and alignment with GMP job functions and job descriptions
    • Review and approve SOPs, manufacturing batch records, specifications, validation protocols and reports, instrument acquisitions, impact, and decommissioning, work orders, and other Quality operations as needed
    • Collaborate with functional area leads during planning and process/continuous improvement plans, projects, and gap assessments as they relate to proprietary instruments and manufacturing operations
    • Oversee and monitor Quality metrics ensuring data is understandable and translatable to the appropriate audience(s)
    • Mentor, coach, and manage staff performance and development
    • Plan, administer, and monitor department budgets


    • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering discipline
    • 10+ years of experience in a GMP environment in pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines, cell or gene therapy operations, including solid experience in Quality Systems and Regulatory CMC 
    • 5+ years of leadership experience, and demonstrated knowledge of relevant cGMP regulations
    • Excellent knowledge of the regulations for biologics, cell and gene therapy products
    • Strong knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP); experience with on-site regulatory inspections is required
    • Comprehensive knowledge of global GMP and regulatory requirements for biotechnology, cell and gene therapy products and Quality by Design approaches
    • Hands-on experience with designing and implementing GMP Quality Systems
    • Ability to understand and interpret complex scientific issues across multiple projects as it relates to regulatory requirements and strategy
    • Demonstrated experience in preparing regulatory submissions and response to health authorities queries
$90,000 - $210,000 a year
Cellares total compensation package contains competitive base salaries, highly subsidized Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans, 401(k) Matching, Free EV Charging, Onsite lunches, and Stock options. All displayed pay ranges are approximate, negotiable, and location dependent.

This is Cellares

Cellares is the first Integrated Development and Manufacturing Organization (IDMO) and takes an Industry 4.0 approach to mass manufacturing the living drugs of the 21st century. The company is both developing and operating integrated technologies for cell therapy manufacturing to accelerate access to life-saving cell therapies. The company’s Cell Shuttle integrates all the technologies required for the entire manufacturing process in a flexible and high-throughput platform that delivers true walk-away, end-to-end automation. Cell Shuttles will be deployed in Cellares’ Smart Factories around the world to meet total patient demand for cell therapies at global scale. Partnering with Cellares enables academics, biotechs, and pharma companies to accelerate drug development and scale out manufacturing, lower process failure rates, lower manufacturing costs, and meet global patient demand.
The company is headquartered in South San Francisco, California with its commercial-scale IDMO Smart Factory in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The company is backed by world-class investors and has raised over $355 million in financing.

Leveling will be based on overall experience, education, and demonstration of knowledge throughout the interview process.