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13 SEP '23: For an exciting Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO), we are seeking an experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO). The organisation focuses on Cell Therapy and Viral Vector Manufacturing & Development, offering state-of-the-art development labs and GMP suites for advancing next-generation therapeutics. The company supports the translation of research and early-stage clinical programs into treatments for patients.




Leiden - Netherlands

40 hours per week

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This is how you will make the difference

As a Chief Operating Officer (COO), you will play a pivotal role in bridging the organisation’s strategic vision with operational realities. You will manage Manufacturing, Facilities, Maintenance, Health & Safety, Supply Chain, and Project Management activities. This role requires dynamic leadership, strategic planning, and hands-on involvement in technology transfer, production, and compliance. With a solid background in advanced therapies, you will collaborate with R&D, quality, regulatory teams, and external stakeholders as well as oversee the setup and execution of Personnel Qualification sessions for aseptic processing.

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What you bring

To be successful in this role, the ideal professional has a strong operations background in the Biotechnology industry. Next to this, you have: 
  • University Degree in Business, Sciences, or Engineering with previous experience overseeing site operational readiness activities, ideally in CDMO for Viral Vector, Cell Therapy, Antibody, or Vaccine production; 
  • 10+ years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with 5+ years managing cell and gene therapy production entities; 
  • Technical proficiency in scaling up manufacturing processes (10 L to 200 L batches); 
  • Aseptic handling and cleanroom operations experience; 
  • Demonstrated leadership with direct team supervision; 
  • Exceptional organisational skills in fast-paced environments; 
  • Strong attention to detail and adaptability to changing priorities. 

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What's in it for you

This is an opportunity to join an exciting CDMO with a mission to translate research and early-stage clinical programs into actionable health solutions for patients. You can expect the following from the organisation:


  • You will have the opportunity to lead a cutting-edge, state-of-the-art facility and be a crucial part of the organisation’s growth; 
  • Competitive renumeration package with good secondary benefits. 

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