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Head of Cell Sciences NPD


Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Head of Cell Sciences – New Product Development

Abcam are a leading supplier of protein research tools to life scientists, with a global reputation for high performance products with detailed technical specifications. As we continue our rapid growth and success, we now have a need for a new permanent role within our New Product Development (NPD) function, leading a cross-site Cell Science team.

Working closely with stakeholders from across our sites in NPD and interacting closely with NPD Team Leaders, you will be responsible for the efficient function and rapid, on-time delivery of cells, cell lysates, and hybridoma-derived and recombinant-derived antibodies to NPD colleagues for their validation of those antibodies and antibody-conjugates. Additionally, your team will deliver a pipeline of CRISPR/CAS9 KO-validated cell lines for use within the business.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience running groups/laboratories as well as experience building and leading highly engaged, high performing teams. You’ll have a sound knowledge of cellular biology, recombinant antibody technologies with experience in automation being an advantage.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to lead the further development of a Cell Science group, supporting the supply of high quality cell lines, primary cells and cell line products to support the development of antibodies to aid researchers and scientists across the world to achieve their research missions, faster!

Roles and responsibilities:

• To manage a cell science in Cambridge and matrix-manage to a cell science team in Hangzhou, China.

• Prepare forecasts, budgets and investment cases for the team and facility, communicate these to senior management and monitor delivery against them.

• Coordinate with Project Managers and NPD colleagues to produce capacity plans for the facility, anticipating increases in demand and resourcing the labs to accommodate.

• Ensure team compliance with H&S, Quality, COSHH and GMO policies at all times

• Continuously improve experimental methodologies, cell types and cell treatments aimed at producing better quality products and increasing capacity.

• Gather best practice from around the organisation and the external environment, taking this and implementing improvements in our new custom-built Tissue Culture laboratories.

About you

You will have solid and proven experience of mammalian cell culture and recombinant technologies within industry or a large academic group and experience of managing teams in a dynamic environment. Your technical skill set will include generating CRISPR/CAS9 cell lines as well as hybridoma cell culture. During your career you will have demonstrated the ability to meet challenging objectives and be constantly striving for optimal results. Experience of automation or leading teams across countries would be an advantage.

Our customers are at the centre of what we do at Abcam and as a result you must have the customer in mind in everything you do.

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a fast paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences please apply now!

About Us

Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.

It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.

Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is informal, fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. It’s a great opportunity

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (including our award winning share scheme), a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development, and a highly flexible working environment.