Senior Process Development Chemist - Immunohematology


CA-San Diego, US

Contract Type:  Regular Full-Time
Area:  Manufacturing
Req Id:  492667

Do you want to join an international team working to improve the future of healthcare? Do you want to improve the lives of millions of people? Grifols is a global healthcare company which, since its foundation in Barcelona in 1909, has been working to improve the health and well-being of people all over the world. Our four divisions - Bioscience, Diagnostic, Hospital and Bio Supplies - develop, produce and market innovative medicines, solutions and services in more than 100 countries and regions.


Senior Process Development Chemist - Immunohematology



The Sr. Process Development Chemist works primarily in the field of blood component manufacturing such as red blood cells (RBC) which are used for our blood group typing products. The position has the opportunity to build this new production line at our San Diego Campus with us from scratch and will be Subject Matter Expert in execution of newly transferred blood component manufacturing processes. The position reports directly to the Director of Manufacturing Support. RBC experience and work experience in a regulated (GLP/cGMP) industry is required to be able to fulfill the role as well as a strong manufacturing background. The Sr. Process Development Chemist will be training junior staff in manufacturing activities, execute blood component manufacturing and transfer Process into Production.


Why Grifols:

Our sustainable growth strategy allows this role to work in a startup-like environment, but with the stability of a multinational, global acting company. The Sr. PD Chemist is a decision maker & creator, builds this new production line with us and is given the opportunity to grow. The work environment is characterized by an open leadership style and an open and supportive culture.


Your primary responsibilities*:

  • You are subject matter expert on ERP, cycle count transactions and perform good inventory management practices throughout the manufacturing process
  • You participate as an extended Operations Core Team member for New Product Development Projects
  • You Manages projects and report to management on project progress as required
  • You will perform activities related to the new process transfer, including DCM, SAP change control, personnel training
  •  you will initiate and execute continuous improvement activities of existing processes
  • You oversee or execute installation and validation of new instruments and equipment an execute troubleshooting activities for moderately complex manufacturing processes
  • You support the design of new qualification protocols and participate in the development of validation documents
  • You generate notebook studies and tech reports which includes product shelf life and hold times 
  • You complete data gathering and analyze under supervision of scientific staff
  • You troubleshoot manufacturing processes, instrumentation, IT software related to lab instruments, etc. to develop and improve content    
  • You assist in process transfers to manufacturing and you use technical knowledge and independent judgement to provide on-the-spot support to manufacturing to ensure successful completion of builds
  • You perform manufacturing tasks such as blood product manufacturing and freeze, wash or deglycerolizing of blood products
  • You maintain lab under cGMP conditions


More about us, benefits we provide you:

  • salary in line with the market as well as an annual bonus target
  • flexible working hours
  • free parking
  • paid day off for your Birthday, paid sick leave, paid vacation
  • professional development opportunities (training, career development)
  • gym pass, Employees perks program
  • 401 (K) Retirement Plan (Grifols will match 100% on the first 4% of eligible compensation you contribute, and 50% on the next 2% of eligible compensation you contribute)
  • Health insurance: Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Travel accident insurance; Life and AD and D Insurance, Short- & Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account
  • Critical Illness, Accident, Hospital Indemnity coverages
  • Adoption benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement Assistance


About you:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities we are looking for

  • Working knowledge of cGMP/GLP, proficiency in Microsoft Office, basic Change Control
  • Working knowledge of the appropriate analytical techniques is required
  • Manufacturing experience in blood components manufacturing preferred
  • Development and Problem-Solving experience in blood processing is preferred 
  • Ability to effectively and actively communicate with cross-functional partners (e.g., Supply Chain, Manufacturing Sciences, Warehouse)
  • Ability to train personnel effectively
  • Good organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Team oriented, attentive and willing to learn new processes
  • Demonstrated technical writing skills
  • Ability to write, review, mark-up and format documents in Word
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, prioritize and complete goals
  • Demonstrated sound technical knowledge and good independent judgement

Education and Experience we require for this role

  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or Master's Degree in Microbiology, Biology, (Bio)Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • 5+ years of related experience in a laboratory or commercial manufacturing setting with a Bachelor’s degree or 2-4 years if you have a Master's degree
  • 1 year of experience with Good Documentation Practices (GDP), Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and ISO 13485 Regulations is preferred
  • experience with blood product manufacturing is preferred




Depending on area of assignment, directly related experience or a combination of directly related education and experience and/or competencies may be considered in place of the stated requirements.


Occupational Demands

May require flexibility to work a variable schedule.

May occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise manipulate objects up to 25 pounds in weight, and/or lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise manipulate objects up to 10 pounds in weight frequently or continuously.


Pay Scale:

Pay scale of $81,622-$102,000/year, depending on training, education and experience.  This position is eligible to participate in up to 8% of the company bonus pool.    We offer benefits including medical, PTO, up to 5% 401K match, and tuition reimbursement. We are committed to offering our employees opportunities for professional growth and career progression. Even though we are a global healthcare company with employees in 30 countries, Grifols prides itself on its family-like culture. Our company has more than tripled its workforce in the last 10 years — we’re growing, and you can grow with us!


EEO Minorities/ Disability/Veterans

Grifols is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, genetic disposition or characteristics, disability or veteran's status or any other classification protected by applicable State/Federal laws.  We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


*This job description is intended to present the general content and requirements for the performance of this job. The description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.  Managers and supervisors may assign other duties as needed.

Location: NORTH AMERICA : USA : CA-San Diego:USSDW - San Diego CA - Willow Ct Mfg 


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