Vice President, Cell Therapy External Manufacturing

Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb


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  • Date de publication :

    26 septembre 2023
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Position Summary: The VP, Cell Therapy External Manufacturing is responsible for the overall global cell therapy external manufacturing and contract test lab network for both commercial and late clinical materials. Primary responsibility includes all aspects of external production operations and related contract testing required to manufacture and release critical raw materials, viral vector, and drug product for commercial/clinical operations. This role will set the strategic direction and ensure compliance with global cGMP standards and competitive value for BMS.

Impact: $0.5b spend management

Organization: 60+ (US, EU, Asia)

Key job responsibilities:

  • Leads implementation of the BMS cell therapy strategy within Cell Therapy External Manufacturing and in partnership with various functions across Cell Therapy and the company.

  • Accountable for business, relationship, and operational oversight of CMOs and contract test laboratories and related budget and spend. Partners with quality, technical, regulatory, supply chain, and procurement functions to define and deliver optimal outcomes from strategy through external execution.

  • Develops a high performing team which is inclusive and diverse. Leads, coaches, and mentors team members. Is recognized as a talent developer, talent importer and talent exporter.

  • Partners and/or leads strategy development and implementation of initiatives driving COG reduction, value creation, right-first-time performance, network resilience, business continuity, and digital capabilities within the external manufacturing and testing network.

  • Builds and maintains a sustainable external clinical and commercial manufacturing network from CMO onboarding through delivery of supply, with focus on operational execution, right-first-time compliance, and technical acumen.

  • Implements and optimizes a flexible virtual matrix team structure appropriate for managing the cell therapy ecosystem of cell processing, viral vector, and drug product CMOs and contract test labs. ?

  • Accountable for successful long-term relationship building and maintenance of our external partners and providers globally.

  • Member of the senior leader network in Global Product Development & Supply. Member of Cell Therapy global quality, supply chain, technical and pipeline strategy forums.

  • Is a trusted, vocal and collaborative partner in the CTDO LT, within Global Product Development and Supply, and with the Cell Therapy Franchise.

Primary Function/ Goals/ Objectives:

Oversees Cell Therapy External Manufacturing globally and ensures that:

  • External manufacturing network provides highest quality product at best value

  • The overall network has capability and capacity to enable on-time and predictable delivery of products,

  • External production sites and contract testing labs are executing per plan, identifying and mitigating key risks,

  • Improvement solutions to complex issues impacting external sites and contract testing labs are identified and acted upon,

  • Operational activities (schedule, timelines, etc.) of the network ensure that program cost, quality, metrics, delivery and technology objectives are met, and that performance is managed to achieve them,

  • If goals and timelines are jeopardized appropriate intervention is put in place and that stakeholders are informed as needed,

  • Supplier Relationship Management (virtual plant teams or virtual lab teams) model is developed and implemented to ensure appropriate controls and oversight in collaboration with Quality,

  • Partners with Quality and key stakeholders to ensure external manufacturing sites and operations are compliant with all cGMP and regulatory requirements,

  • Leads the External Manufacturing function with relevant CTDO partners and to establish manufacturing strategies for global operations,

  • Sets financial goals and objectives for the external manufacturing partners contract testing labs and support areas, and track their performance ensuring that ROI to BMS is maximized,

  • Ensures that continuous improvement programs are identified and executed, and contributions quantified.?

Critical Leadership skills needed:

  • Enterprise Advocate: Appropriately evaluates tradeoffs and risks to make bold decisions that are in the best interest of BMS and our patients.

  • External Mastery: Constantly looking outside the organization to understand customer needs, competitors, and global trends and uses the data to achieve a competitive advantage for BMS.

  • Change Activator: Relentlessly identifies and creates game-changing opportunities that lead to higher organizational performance and influences others to do the same.

  • Courageous Innovator: Stretches beyond the expected to succeed in a rapidly evolving, strategic, and transformational environment.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • 15+ years of biopharmaceutical operations/manufacturing technology experience in a complex global environment with a track record of establishing productive relationships internally and externally. ?Experience in aseptic operations a plus.

  • BS/BA in Technical Field (Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, related life sciences or engineering) with advanced technical degree, MBA, and/or equivalent experiences desirable.

  • Leadership experience in one or more functions (e.g., Production, Quality, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing Technology)

  • Leadership experience in different clinical & commercial manufacturing environments and in similar matrix, multi-location environments

  • Experience working in and with multiple geographies preferred.

  • Understanding of regulatory environment and challenges including experience interfacing on government/ policy issues

  • Experience in being the lead change agent in complex transformational activities.

  • Ability to travel on an as-needed basis, up to 50%.


If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn't perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as "Transforming patients' lives through science? ", every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

On-site Protocol
Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.

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