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Development Manager


Close Date
30 Nov 2017

About CCRM:

CCRM, based in Toronto, Canada, is a unique not-for-profit group that is developing and commercializing cell and gene therapies and regenerative medicine technologies. We are leveraging our network of academics, industry partners and investors to tackle significant problems and advance our most promising technologies to the market to meet the needs of patients. For more information about CCRM, please visit our website at


Role Summary: 

As a Development Manager, you will manage a diverse bioengineering team focused on defining and executing process optimization and technology development projects within the cell and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine fields. You will provide deep technical expertise and will be responsible for project scope definition, task prioritization and team execution against milestones.



  • Project leadership and execution of technology evaluation and internal development projects in cell and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine. This includes project definition, documentation, timeline generation, scoping, resourcing, budgeting, milestone setting, task prioritization, and execution against plan.
  • Direct management of a multi-disciplinary team of research scientists, engineers and technologists.
  • Provide performance feedback to team ensuring continued growth and satisfaction.
  • Drive effective communication across the organization and leadership team.
  • Work with leadership to identify and prioritize future project opportunities.
  • Recognize strategic goals and demonstrate critical thinking in execution towards objectives.
  • Effectively communicate strategic vision and goals to team members.
  • Provide clear and concise technical and personnel recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Clearly communicate progress, challenges and mitigation strategies.
  • Provide deep technical expertise across the organization, including guidance and training of technical staff as necessary.
  • Review and resolve complex technical information (e.g. experimental results and published data) to inform decision making.
  • Prepare and review technical documents including standard operating procedures (SOPs), project plans and reports.
  • Engage external investigators and partners to understand project needs and overcome workflow challenges.
  • Liaise with external parties to ensure success of collaborative projects.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend new and existing technologies to improve workflows.
  • Demonstrate continuous integrity, credibility, and positivity and motivate others to do the same.
  • Continuously grow and adapt in a fast-moving field to keep yourself and the organization at the forefront of the cell and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine fields.
  • Develop and present material for internal and external delivery using strong written, verbal and graphical communication skills with guidance from senior leadership.
  • Your responsibilities and role may change with the evolving needs of the organization, requiring flexibility and adaptability.




  • Ph.D. with three or more years of experience, Master’s with six or more years of experience, or Bachelor’s with 10 or more years of experience with a degree in bioengineering, chemical engineering, bioprocess, biotechnology, cell biology or a related field.
  • Demonstrated personnel supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated project management experience with a successful track record of on-time and on-budget execution.
  • Experience in conceiving, developing and independently carrying out a wide range of experiments and troubleshooting complex technical issues.
  • Strong English written and oral communication.
  • Hands-on experience working with human primary and/or stem cell cultures.
  • Experience with cell characterization techniques, including flow cytometry, microscopy, high content screening platforms, and quantitative polypermase chain reaction (PCR).
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: bioprocess development, cell or molecular biology, genetics, gene engineering, viral vectors, pluripotent stem cells and derived progeny, hematopoietic stem cells, immune cells, or mesenchymal stromal cells.
  • Familiarity with bioreactor technologies and a strong appreciation of the challenges facing scale-up/out and translation of bench-top cell culture protocols for commercial and clinical implementation.
  • Experience in statistical design and analysis.
  • Independent, detail-oriented, self-starter with excellent analytical skills and the ability to multitask and succeed in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to deliver high quality outcomes.
  • Intermediate-to-advanced proficiency with computer productivity software (e.g. MS Office, Wrike, etc.) and a range of technical applications (e.g. JMP, FlowJo, Matlab, Geneious, UCSC, etc.).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory safety plans and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable federal, provincial and local regulations.


CCRM is a developing organization and represents a fluid working environment. Flexibility and adaptability are essential, and duties will be influenced by the needs of the organization.


Applications are due by 6:59 PM EDT on the date indicated at the top of this job posting.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.


CCRM is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.