VP – Operations
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51-200 employees

Automated cell therapy manufacturing and development platform
Company Overview
Cellares, as the pioneering Integrated Development and Manufacturing Organization (IDMO), is reshaping the cell therapy manufacturing industry with its unique Industry 4.0 approach, integrating all necessary technologies into a single, high-throughput platform called the Cell Shuttle. This end-to-end automation system not only accelerates drug development and manufacturing but also significantly reduces process failure rates and manufacturing costs. With its strategically located Smart Factories and a robust financial backing of over $355 million, Cellares is well-positioned to meet global patient demand for cell therapies, offering potential partners a competitive edge in the rapidly evolving cell therapy market.
Data & Analytics

Company Stage

Series C

Total Funding





South San Francisco, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Bridgewater Township, NJ, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Operations & Logistics
  • Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, or related field
  • Minimum of 12+ years of operations experience within a cGMP environment in the biotech/biopharma industry with a minimum of 5 years leadership experience
  • Work effectively with US FDA and other regulatory agencies
  • Demonstrated experience in managing commercial manufacturing operations
  • Experience with Operational Excellence and/or Lean Manufacturing
  • cGMP manufacturing experience, preferably cell/gene therapy, with experience in tech transfer, process validation, project management, and change management
  • Lead, direct, coach, and develop an effective Operations team responsible for daily clinical and commercial production of autologous and allogeneic cell therapy products
  • Provide technical and managerial leadership by effectively interfacing and collaborating with key stakeholders and functions across the organization to successfully manufacture and disposition products to patients in a timely manner
  • Oversee the hiring, development, and performance management of staff within operations
  • Lead facility operating review meetings and own various department projects to drive continuous improvements and efficiencies within cell therapy Technical Operations
  • Establish critical KPIs, monitor progress and keep critical stakeholders informed of progress
  • Lead and actively participate in all regulatory and internal audits of the facility
  • 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
Desired Qualifications
  • Cell/Gene Therapy and CDMO experience
  • 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
  • Self-motivated and passionate about advancing the field of cell therapy
  • Self-awareness, integrity, authenticity, and a growth mindset