Director/Sr. Director of Bioconjugation

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Job Summary:

The Director/Sr. Director of Bioconjugation at Abzena Bristol site will be responsible for managing key client account programs, and overseeing key research, development and production operations related to antibody-drug conjugates, conjugated vaccines, oligonucleotide-protein conjugates, and material products. This scientific leader will utilize personal extensive experiences and recognized expertise to lead the Bioconjugation department for the advancement of the science and technology in the business and accomplishment of the company goals.



  • Manage key client account programs and maintain strong and lasting business relationships and oversee the chemistry process development from project ideation, bid defense, assignment, progression, and completion. Collaborate with the business development team to build a solid sales pipeline and have meaningful participation in all aspects of Abzena’s business
  • Lead the implementation, improvement and use of company systems withing Bioconjugation PD department such as but not limited to ELN, ERP, Chem Inventory, and training.
  • Oversee the bioconjugation department operations and plan resources to successfully delivery client and company projects from project assignment, progression to completion
  • Manage technical input to GMP Batch Records and other Quality documents according to ICH and FDA guidelines
  • Manage the technology transfer inputs of PD processes into the GMP manufacturing suite and provide support during GMP operations as needed.
  • Coordinate activities with QA/AMD/QC and Management for development of tox and GLP batches
  • Work with other teams to determine analytical methods and instruments needed to support PD and later GMP manufacturing
  • Partner with other departments on complex projects and collaborations
  • Propose key strategies for challenging projects with innovative solutions
  • Provide key leadership in the advancement of science and technology for the industry and business
  • Mentor group leaders for team building and career advancement
  • Perform at the highest professional standards
  • Communicate effectively with supervisors, colleagues and subordinates
  • Direct the team members to comply with company’s Safety/GMP/GLP/GDP guidelines and SOPs
  • Participate as a team player in all aspects of the company business
  • Keep up to date with EHS, cGMP, scientific, and technical developments
  • Evaluation of lab practices for continuous improvement
  • Provide assistance in laboratory design and process capabilities
  • Ability to participate effectively as a team player in all aspects of Abzena’s business
  • Evaluate the team performance
  • Make hiring decisions through vigorous candidate screenings and interviews

Qualifications/ Skills Required:

  • PhD in Biochemistry or Bioengineering, and 10 years of extensive experience in bioprocessing, bioconjugate therapies and biopharmaceuticals.
  • Proven track record of drug discovery, development and manufacture with extensive CMC and GLP/GMP knowledge and experiences
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills in scientific and business communications and presentations.
  • Possess excellent problem-solving skills and demonstrate a thorough understanding of protein chemistry, protein handling, purification and characterization.
  • Ability to independently prioritize work assignments, and consistently demonstrate the ability to perform assigned tasks through rigorous data collection and applying analytical tests and instrumentation in the laboratory.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stand for 1-2 hours at a time, sit for 2 to 3 hours at a time.
  • Frequently lift and or move objects up to 30 pounds.
  • Stand/walk during entire length of shift.
  • Use arms, hands, and fingers to handle, feel or reach.
  • Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Visual abilities including near and far sight, color, peripheral vision, depth, and ability to focus.


Travel between Abzena sites (Bristol PA, San Diego CA and Sanford NC) as needed.  


FLSA: Exempt

Abzena is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

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