Senior Director, IT



Bridgewater, NJ, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024
Position Summary
We are seeking an innovative and highly motivated Senior Director of IT, who will play a critical role in the launch and ramp-up of a state-of-the-art multi-product cell therapy manufacturing facility that will be utilized to manufacture autologous and allogeneic cell therapy products.
This individual will play a key role in overseeing the Cellares IT department and protocols, including developing and executing against the IDMO IT strategy. This role individual will be responsible for directing and coordinating the development of our IMDO IT infrastructure, including the planning, design, implementation, and documentation of our IT systems. This role will require someone with technical expertise and the ability to build out the Cellares IT Department.
This is a multidisciplinary role & this individual will need the ability to interface with all levels of the organization, including Operations, MS&T, Process/Analytical Development, Supply Chain, Warehouse, Training, Engineering/Facilities, HS&E, and Finance.
The successful candidate should enjoy working in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment, and be prepared to tackle a broad selection of challenges as the company grows.


  • Oversee IMDO IT Operations and support functions, including new staff onboarding within the facility, local IT helpdesk support, etc.
  • Oversee the hiring, development, and performance management of staff within IT
  • Partner with the IDMO Business to develop and execute against an IT roadmap and deliver on the IT infrastructure needed to manufacture autologous and allogeneic cell therapy products
  • Drive the selection, implementation, and support of various business applications, including ERP, MES, LIMS, QMS, etc.
  • Work closely with Validation and Quality in deploying and supporting GMP IT systems
  • Establish KPIs, monitor progress, and keep critical stakeholders informed of progress for IT projects and strategic initiatives
  • Work closely with other functional areas to develop and execute against the strategic plan for the manufacturing site
  • Establish key stakeholder relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop, manage, and track a budget for the department
  • Negotiates and contracts with consultants, technical personnel, and vendors for services and products needed to support the IDMO IT infrastructure


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related technical field
  • A minimum of 10+ years within IT in a cGMP environment in the biotech/biopharma industry with a minimum of 5 years leadership experience. Cell/Gene Therapy and CDMO experience a plus
  • Experience Implementing Manufacturing, Quality, and Supply Chain applications, including ERP, MES, LIMS, QMS, etc.
  • Must be able to manage shifting priorities to meet critical deadlines in a fast paced and dynamic, growing environment, while providing clear direction to team members
  • History of developing and building cohesive, high performing teams with a strong sense of mission, providing training and mentoring to build sufficient management depth throughout the organization and ensure strong succession planning
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills and the ability to lead as a change agent to promote flexibility, creativity, and accountability
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills with ability to influence and build strong working relationships at all levels within the organization
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Self-motivated and passionate about advancing the field of cell therapy
  • Self-awareness, integrity, authenticity, and a growth mindset
This is Cellares
Cellares is the first Integrated Development and Manufacturing Organization (IDMO) and takes an Industry 4.0 approach to mass manufacturing the living drugs of the 21st century. The company is both developing and operating integrated technologies for cell therapy manufacturing to accelerate access to life-saving cell therapies. The company’s Cell Shuttle integrates all the technologies required for the entire manufacturing process in a flexible and high-throughput platform that delivers true walk-away, end-to-end automation. Cell Shuttles will be deployed in Cellares’ Smart Factories around the world to meet total patient demand for cell therapies at global scale. Partnering with Cellares enables academics, biotechs, and pharma companies to accelerate drug development and scale out manufacturing, lower process failure rates, lower manufacturing costs, and meet global patient demand.
The company is headquartered in South San Francisco, California with its commercial-scale IDMO Smart Factory in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The company is backed by world-class investors and has raised over $355 million in financing.
Leveling will be based on overall experience, education, and demonstration of knowledge throughout the interview process.