Testing Group Lead, Quality Control

Bluebird Bio, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

integrated product platforms with broad therapeutic potential

Quality Control Testing Group Lead  –  QC Laboratory 

Join bluebird bio’s enthusiastic and collaborative team by contributing to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approach. We seek an experienced QC supervisor to manage one of our 2 our newly established and growing commercial-level in-house GMP testing groups to support in-process, release and stability for multiple stages of our gene therapy and immune oncology products.   This includes data review and trending of our analytical test methods and GMP operational support systems ensuring a compliant Quality Control lab. The candidate will interface with multiple Quality Control functions in support of method qualification, transfer and validation activities.  In addition will collaborate with Quality Assurance, IT, Manufacturing, Facilities, and other cross-functional teams as required.  A strong cGMP, operational and technical background in cell biology, biochemistry, and/or molecular biology will be utilized in the role.

About the Role:

  • Review and evaluate raw data at a peer or technical review level of all analytical methods (bioassay, flow cytometry, qPCR, HPLC, and ELISA), as well as sample authorization.
  • Author, review, and/or approve SOPs/policies and technical reports with general guidance
  • Lead laboratory deviations and investigations (IA, OOS, AR), performing assessment, authoring protocols/reports and investigation closure with minimal guidance as required
  • Lead, author, perform, review, and/or approve equipment validations with minimal guidance.
  • Implement, lead and/or support operational systems (equipment/instrument maintenance/calibration, equipment alarm monitoring, sample handling/tracking, data integrity/control, cGMP documentation, LIMS, laboratory audit, and method training)
  • Review and approve phase-appropriate test method validation protocols as needed
  • Lead/Participate in providing the necessary information for regulatory filings and inspections.
  • Lead and support CAPA/Continuous Improvement Initiatives
  • Act as manager designee for quality document review and approval


About You:

  • BS with 10+ years or MS with 5+ years in a biotechnology discipline
  • 10+ years of experience in a cGMP/GxP environment is preferred
  • Hands on experience in mammalian cell culture maintenance, flow cytometry, quantitative PCR, and other bioanalytical methods such as ELISA and HPLC methods
  • Demonstrate a strong initiative and scientific leadership
  • Direct experience in authoring and review/approval of SOPs
  • Superb organizational, analytical, and communications skills and “do-what-it-takes” attitude
  • A passion for addressing the critical unmet medical needs of patients
  • Self-directed individual who is able to work with limited direction in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
  • Willingness to embrace and demonstrate the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself

About Bluebird Bio

About us We are leading the gene therapy revolution. Our integrated product platforms encompass gene therapy, cancer immunotherapy and gene editing – providing us with the potential to treat, and hopefully cure, a broad range of serious diseases. We have a lot of energy, and it’s not just the abundance of coffee that keeps us going. Find out what sparks our excitement and inspires us every day.

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