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Associate Director of Facilities Engineering

Company: Novavax
Location: Gaithersburg
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Job Description:

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVAX), is a late-stage biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. NanoFlu, its quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, is currently in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial to address key factors that can lead to the poor effectiveness of currently approved flu vaccines. ResVax, its RSV vaccine for infants via maternal immunization, is the only vaccine to demonstrate efficacy in a Phase 3 clinical trial. Novavax recently initiated development of a vaccine program against COVID-19. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines; its proprietary recombinant technology platform combines the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce a new class of highly immunogenic nanoparticles addressing urgent global health needs.

We are seeking an Associate Director of Facilities Engineering this position will report to the Head of Facilities and Engineering. This position is primarily responsible for managing all aspects of facilities operational engineering support, manage business strategies and execution of strategic projects in the areas of mechanical, electrical and utility engineering. Position will also managing the maintenance and calibration systems for all production equipment and building systems to ensure preventative/corrective maintenance and calibration activities are performed in a timely, efficient and compliant manner. This position will have responsibility for direct supervision over approximately 4 managers/supervisors, 6 exempts and 5-10 hourly employees.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Act as the primary owner interface with building landlords and their site management.

Manage, maintain and develop key vendor relationships to support facility operations and maintenance.

Established budget and accurate spending projections, manage within capital and operating resources and able to identify significant capital spend requirements during budget preparation.

Development of policies and procedures for the Facility Engineering and Maintenance organizations and the communication of these to subordinates to ensure their compliance, utilizing proper tools and safety procedures.

Mange suppliers and equipment manufacturers; reviews specifications and costs; orders new equipment and parts.

Manage and coordinate all plant shutdowns to include preventative maintenance, major projects and plant modifications. Collaborate with Finance to identify the remaining life in significant capital assets to properly maintain and write down.

Set departmental objectives and goals.

Schedule and coordinate the actions and projects of departmental staff to effectively service the needs of the manufacturing, administration, engineering and management groups.

Oversee and direct all performance management, training, development, job descriptions, and safety procedures for all direct reports.

Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in a fast paced and fluid environment.

Practical application of problem solving techniques related to definition of root cause and generation of corrective actions.

BS in Engineering discipline, MS and/or MBA preferred.

15+ years of experience in pharmaceutical or medical device facility operations management

10+ years of experience in managing engineering staff and activities.

Experience in new GMP site startup, GMP commissioning and GMP validation. Comprehensive understanding and experience in startup, shutdown, operation and maintenance of ISO and EU Grade Clean Rooms.

Management of facilities equipment repair/preventive maintenance programs as well as TPM program implementation.

Relevant experience in working with local/regional architects, designers, MEP engineers, structural, specialty professional engineers

Proven success in managing and delivering cross-functional tasks with effective liaison between EH&S, IT, Security and Procurement, including external contractors, vendors, professional consultants, and Fire/Building/Planning/governmental agencies

Proficient in Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

Knowledge of GMPs, FDA guidelines, purchasing practices and process validation.

Must be self-motivated, have good interpersonal skills, capable of analyzing and solving complex problems through innovative thought and experience

Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills

Exceptional practical problem solving skills, and communication skills

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden. Novavax is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol NVAX and is dedicated to developing novel vaccines to address infectious disease.

Novavax, Inc. offers a base salary, annual bonus, stock options, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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