Careers

Working at Univercells

At Univercells, we are on a mission to make health equally accessible to all.
We work every day to reinvent biomanufacturing processes, and develop or integrate the next innovative technologies.
Through the combination of process development and engineering expertise, we create synergies to deliver game-changing production capacities to achieve our mission: Biologics available and affordable to all!

Spontaneous application

Internship

At Univercells we are always happy to offer internship opportunities to bright and passionate students from bachelor to master degree.

If you are interested in biotechnologies combined with innovation and meaningful values and mission, do not hesitate to send us your application.

We welcome students with different background:

Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy

or

Engineering (mechanical, electromechanical and automation)

and also

Business Administration, Finance, Supply Chain ...

Do not hesitate and apply now and, please remember to specify in your motivation letter the dates and the duration of the internships.

 

 

Test Engineer - Univercells Technologies

Based in Nivelles you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers.

Univercells is developing a new generation of biotech equipment (Scale-X and Nevoline) and in order to move forward with the development of our innovative products we are looking for a Test Engineer.

Your mission will be to inspect and report on the quality of products through the entire production cycle. Depending on the product, you may use different criteria to check the quality, such as functionality, durability, safety, and speed.

You will work closely with the development team to deliver the best product for our customers.


TASKS and RESPONSIBILITIES

On a daily basis, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Test all the aspects and features of the products developed by Univercells and communicate the results to the manufacturing engineer’s team
  • Compare studies and benchmark our products with existing competitors’ products, and make sure we meet high-quality standards 
  • Conduct tests on materials used in manufacturing and ensure the safety rules and procedures
  • Deliver completely unbiased reports and mark out the shortcomings of the products for quality improvements
  • Ensure good coordination with the manufacturing engineer’s team 
  • Create a test environment and test cases for all mechanical and electrical systems
  • Establish all the protocols and reports for the products in respect of the deadlines 
  • Analyze test results to detect issues and track root causes
  • Gather product requirements (e.g. functionalities, speed, safety standards), inspect raw materials and machinery to identify defects and bugs
  • Monitor all production stages and ensure that the safety procedures are followed 
  • Run quality controls on components and final products and suggest fixes and improvements 
  • Document technical issues and solutions


REQUIREMENTS and QUALIFICATIONS 

  • You hold an Engineering Master’s degree or a Bachelor degree with a few years of experience in a similar role
  • You have a sound knowledge of SW and HW  technologies
  • You are resourceful, autonomous, detail oriented, but also curious
  • You are a real team player with very good communication skills
  • You are pragmatic and very well organized 
  • Your English is Fluent. French is a clear asset



Quality Control Inspector - Manufacturing Equipment - Univercells Technologies

Based in Nivelles you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-maker. 

As Quality Control Inspector, you will be part of the QA department and you will collaborate with the manufacturing and supply chain teams. 

Your mission will be to implement, maintain and continuously improve the quality oversight activities for monitoring of incoming materials and final consumables for single-use equipment.

To ensure this you will perform inspections on entry materials (mainly plastic components), document testing and review of assembly records, handle non-conformities and issue certificates.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Quality Management System for incoming and end-inspection of materials

  • You will establish, implement, maintain and continuously improve the specific quality procedures and documentation for performing incoming and end-inspection of materials to set up quality conformity (maintenance of specifications, testing documentation, testing methods, equipment)
  • You will evaluate and improve the current processes.

Monitoring of incoming materials & consumables

  • You will perform testing of incoming materials/single-use consumables as per established specifications
  • You will document testing of incoming materials/single-use consumables, including the issuance of certificates as appropriate
  • You will issue and handle non-conformity reports
  • You will perform reporting on testing (KPI, periodic reviews)
  • You will conduct internal and supplier quality audits when required



REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant science field desirable, or high school diploma and equivalent industry work experience
  • Previous Quality Control /Quality Assurance experience is a must
  • You have excellent communication skills and you are stress-resistant 
  • Overall: you strive for excellence and focus on high-quality products, you are a driven team player and you feel at ease in the challenging and fast-paced biotech universe!
  • Fluent in French and English


Process Engineer - Univercells Technologies

At Univercells Tech, our mission is to make health equally accessible to all. We work every day to reinvent biomanufacturing processes and develop or integrate the next innovative technologies. Through the combination of process development and engineering expertise, we create synergies to deliver game-changing production capacities to achieve our mission: Biologics available and affordable to all!! This job is the perfect opportunity to contribute to our mission and be impactful.

Based in Nivelles you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers.

Univercells is developing a new generation of biotech equipment (Scale-X and Nevoline) and in order to move forward with the development of our innovative products we are looking for a Process Engineer.

 

Your mission will be to translate requirements from the customer and their specific vaccine manufacturing process (URS) to requirements of the technical experts (FDS). As a process owner, you will coordinate technical inputs from different experts of the development team, develop testing strategy and investigate in case of potential failure of the system (equipment and bioreactor).

 

Based on your experience of the vaccine manufacturing process, you will participate from the design to the validation of single-use manifolds and associated equipment. You will manage PI&D, bill of materials, and develop manufacturing procedures.

 

On a daily basis, you will carry out various engineering tasks, such as develop Design of experiment on new designs, risk analysis, define the quality of products through the entire production cycle to ensure our systems meet the global standards.


RESPONSIBILITIES 

Design new systems or part of system

  • Write Functional Specifications based on URS
  • Develop Design of Experiment
  • Write or review testing protocol
  • Execute testing protocol
  • Analyze data on a statistical point of view
  • Write or review report
  • Participate to Design Review

Owner of the investigation process

Quality documentation

  • Risk Assessment
  • Definition of critical parameters and associated tests
  • Gather product requirements (e.g. functionalities, speed, safety standards)

Last but not least: Ensure good coordination with the manufacturing engineer’s, quality and logistic teams


QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • BSC or Master degree SUS, mechanical or bioengineering
  • 2-5 years of experience in vaccine manufacturing or biopharmaceutical environment
  • Knowledge of SINGLE-USE SYSTEMS and equipment associated with vaccine manufacturing process knowledge
  • Proven time management, organizational, and oral & written communication skills
  • Familiar with Lean-SixSigma tools – Green belt is a must
  • Excellent knowledge with root cause analysis
  • Fluent English (Dutch and/or French are an asset)

Application Specialist - Univercells Technologies

Based in Europe (preferably Belgium)you will provide global support and facilitate the implementation and the use of Univercells equipment at customer’s place.

You will help develop and operate the equipment and carries out projects (from feasibility study to after-sales support).

You will provide expertise and knowledge, answer queries and resolve technical issues both on the customer’s specific applications and Univercells’ technologies.

You will also be in charge of providing feedback, training and technical/scientific support to the Sales & Marketing team.

From on-site guidance to larger in-house projects, you will contribute to taking processes to the next level by adding technical insight into systems, helping develop customized solutions and integrating Univercells’ products into other technologies to cater to the fast-changing needs of the Life Science industry.


RESPONSIBILITIES
 

Equipment Deployment

  • Build experimental plans for each specific customer’s application and perform demonstrations and trials.
  • Responsible for off-loading/mechanical installation at the customer site and connecting the unit to the utilities and for training customers on installation and operation of equipment.
  • Perform SAT (Site Acceptance Test), IQ (Installation Qualification), OQ (Operations Qualification).
  • Advise customers on bioprocess optimization & technology transfer/scale-up.
  • Responsible for bioprocess transfers from/to customers.
  • Manage implementation and deployment projects in close cooperation with all stakeholders.·Check & coordinate the required equipment and raw materials.

Technical Support

  • Actively participate in troubleshooting and solution finding (test, configuration, etc.) for potential issues experienced by clients.
  • Provide after-sales support services.
  • Maintain documentation and reporting on support actions.

Product Management & Sales Support

  • Provide voice of customer & application feedback to Product Development teams.
  • Write and update application procedures, user guides and the product documentation package (IQ/OQ protocol files, installation guides, startup checklists, product specifications, URS, etc.)
  • Provide technical input for the creation of quotations and experimental protocols in support to the sales team
  • Provide application and product training and/or demo (internal & external).


REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master or Ph.D. – in a Life Sciences or Engineering discipline - Bachelor in life sciences/engineering with strong experience.
  • 1 – 3 years’ s experience as a Tech. Transfer or Application Specialist within a Biotech. equipment provider.
  • Excellent understating of bioprocesses: demonstrated experience in USP/DSP process.
  • Creative ability to explain and present complex concepts in an easy to understand manner.
  • A first experience in Project Management is a plus.
  • Interpersonal/communication skills and the ability to achieve excellent customer intimacy.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel (worldwide).
  • Fluent English, any other language is considered as an asset.


Lab Tech - Upstream Process Development

Based in Nivelles you will join the Vaccine Process Development team. Our ambition is to position Univercells as a key player and a reference in the development of new technologies for vaccine production by proposing solutions breaking the barriers to bioproduction and making vaccines available and affordable to all.

In collaboration with the scientist, you will participate in the design, the optimization and the scale-up of processes and you will contribute to developing the new processes in alignment with the vaccine project objectives and milestones.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Lab Operations

  • Management of lab and equipment used for operational work, monitoring of consumables and reagents, maintenance of a clean and safe working area, housekeeping routines.
  • Execution of operations associated with cell culture and viral production processes in BSL-2 and BSL-3:
    • Preparation and filtration of solutions (media and feeds).
    • Preparation of cell banks and virus seeds
    • Execution of sterility tests.
    • Preparation of assemblies for execution of experiments.
    • Setting up, operation, dismantling, cleaning, and sterilization of bioreactors and other process equipment.
    • Conducting experiments for upstream process development following defined conditions.
    • Cell culture monitoring with basic analytical methods.

Reporting

  • Writing and management of documentation related to experiments.
  • Data and result collection and record in defined forms with accuracy.
  • Results analysis and report writing.

Quality Safety and continuous improvement

  • Adherence to standard operating procedures in all the operational tasks executed with a special emphasis on compliance with biosafety procedures for BSL-2 and BSL-3 labs.
  • Identification and reporting of deviations from standard operating procedures and of unexpected events through the initiation of related investigations.
  • Support for corrective and preventive actions related to deviations and unexpected events.
  • Generation of process quality documentation for vaccines platform (procedures, work instructions, templates, etc.).

REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in cell culture and viral production processes, aseptic practices and basic analytical methods.
  • Knowledge of bioreactor setup and operation is an asset
  • Work experience in a BSL2 or BSL3 labs.
  • Integrity and transparency.
  • Strong sense of observation, inventive & critical mindset, scientific curiosity, and problem-solving skills.
  • Proactivity, flexibility, work organizational skills.
  • Enthusiasm and agility to work on a variety of projects.
  • Capability to leverage know-how in order to participate in the development of the new generation solutions.
  • Capability to work in a cross-functional and multi-cultural team.
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken).

Design Engineer Single Use (SUT) - Univercells Technologies

Based in Nivelles you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers.

Univercells is developing a new generation of biotech equipment (Scale-X and Nevoline) and to move forward with the development of our innovative products we are looking for an experienced Single Use Design Engineer. 

As a design engineer, your mission will be leading the selection, design, procurement, construction, commissioning and validation of our single-use components and to ensure that our systems meet the global standards. You will also collaborate with customers and operators to solve emerging issues and to develop our equipment product.

You will also research manufacturing processes and analyze data and trends to create new products and strong relationships with key suppliers. Ultimately, you will improve our company’s products and processes and contribute to its growth.

You will work with the development team to deliver the best product for our customers.


TASKS and RESPONSIBILITIES

Based on your single-use knowledge, you will evaluate systems, components, and applications by designing and manufacturing our equipment products (vessel, bags, tubing, manifold, connectors, piping, instruments, probes, filtration, chromatography, clarification, connectors, …).

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Execute the design and development of complex electro-mechanical biotechnology equipment using Single-Use Systems (SUS)to bring major improvement to our biopharmaceutical equipment such as reduced cross-contamination risks, lower capital investment, elimination of cleaning and sterilization operations, reduced turnaround times, and the ability to scale an operation up or down with limited additional investment.
  • Select and develop all SUS to ease/improve Biocompatibility, TSE/BSE, extractable and leachable study, chemical compatibility, endotoxin management, low bioburden or sterilization (heat or gamma irradiation), container closure integrity,...
  • Develop Good Engineering Practices and standards.
  • Provide guidance on standard selection/definition and validation protocol to support the team.
  • Build and maintain a database collection of parts and assemblies that may be used in our consumable products.
  • Create and perform DOE to develop a first understanding of key variables.
  • Develop SUS by studying customer requirements, researching and testing manufacturing and assembly methods and materials.
    • Define system and components capabilities and ensure the quality of the product by designing SUS testing methods, testing finished products and system capabilities and properties. 
    • Inspect completed installations and observe operations, to ensure conformity to design, equipment specifications and compliance with operational and safety standards.
    • Develop manufacturing processes by designing and modifying equipment for building and assembling SUS taking into consideration operators' observations.


REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

  • BSC or Master degree in mechanical or bioengineering
  • 3-5 years of experience in a Pharma or Biotech sector 
  • Proven skills in time management and excellent oral & written communication skills
  • Experience in Biotech and/or pharmaceutical equipment design, particularly benchtop system using SUS is a plus 
  • Fluent in English. French is an asset
  • Overall: you strive for excellence and focus on high-quality products, you are a driven team player and you feel at ease in the challenging and fast-paced biotech universe!


Marketing & Communication Associate

We are looking for a passionate young talent to reinforce our Marketing & Communication department based in Brussels.

You will be working in an exciting international and multicultural team of scientists and experts to participate in the implementation of marketing and communication strategies and campaigns, generating leads for commercial success.

You will be working on all aspects of content and digital marketing, implementing marketing campaigns to support business objectives in terms of awareness, activation, sales, and retention. 

This will include content creation and delivery across a variety of online and offline channels:  advertising, congresses, events, direct e-mailings, SEA, social, inbound & content marketing, marketing automation…


Your main responsibilities:

Marketing:

  • Support the creation, launch, and follow-up of awareness and lead generation campaigns on various formats (social media, advertisement, emailing)
  • Content creation and copywriting of technical materials according to the buying’s journey (articles, infographics, podcasts, webinars, white papers,etc.)
  • Report performances and monitor budgets to ensure effectiveness of activity and ROI.

Communication

  • Drive the deployment of a new website / new website sections: collaborate with external supplier and internal stakeholders to deliver a new website / website pages, write, review and validate content and format, ensure smooth delivery within timeline and budget
  • Write and review press releases with corporate or scientific content
  • Design and implement social media communication strategies for new initiatives, create adequate communication supports (banners, visuals), follow-up on metrics to drive continuous improvement

Congresses and symposiums

  • MaximizeUnivercells’ visibility through active participation to external events, workshops, and presentations. Creation of support scientific and promotional material

Requirements

  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English
  • Excellent understanding and experience in B2B marketing & communication, preferably in biotech / scientific industry
  • Good organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks. Strong attention to detail, with analytical and synthetic thinking
  • Both strategic & hands-on mindset
  • Team-oriented and proactive
  • Being up-to-date about the last digital technologies
  • Degree in marketing, communication, digital
  • Knowledge of biology, biotechnology or bioprocessing


Mechanical Engineer - Univercells Technologies

Based in Nivelles you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers.

Univercells is developing a new generation of biotech equipment (Scale-X and Nevoline) and to move forward with the development of our innovative products we are looking for an experienced Mechanical Design Engineer.

As a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, your mission will be to lead the selection, design, procurement, but also the construction, commissioning and validation of our mechanical equipment (biosafety cabinet, isolator, bioreactor controller, benchtop…). You will also collaborate with operators and customers to solve emerging issues and to develop our equipment.

You will research manufacturing processes and analyze data and trends to create new products and strong relationships with key contractors. Ultimately, you will improve our company’s products and processes and contribute to its growth.

You will work closely with the development team to deliver the best product for our customers.


TASKS and RESPONSIBILITIES

Based on your mechanical knowledge, you evaluate mechanical systems, components, and applications by designing and manufacturing our equipment products.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Carry out various engineering tasks, such as mechanical design (isolator, operator bench, bioreactor controller, other equipment, cobot, …) 3D Design and detail drawing to ensure our systems meet the global safety standards.
  • Execute the design and development of complex electro-mechanical biotechnology equipment (mainly stainless steel and or plastic molding).
  • Oversee the development of all mechanical components for use in a variety of biotechnology applications including ergonomic assessment, air/water tightness, rotation equipment’s, shaft, process equipment like probes & sensor assembly within our biosafety/isolators/bench,
  • Deliver prototype’s experimentation employing hand calculations, physical prototypes, empirical testing.
  • Operate simulation tools to develop components, machines, mechanisms, and test equipment which push our ability to characterize, test, iterate & produce critical systems for biotechnology equipment.
  • Create and perform DOE to develop a first understanding of key variables.
  • Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications.
  • Develop 3D models from conceptual to detailed design and evaluate operator’s accessibility during each phase of the project.
  • Lead a small team of technical contractors to ensure the design and application of equipment and processes used in the biotechnology/lab environment. This includes tightness, cleanability of our equipment, rugosity, welding process, pickling and passivation treatment, structure, and stability of mechanical construction.
  • Develop mechanical products by studying customer requirements, researching and testing manufacturing and assembly methods and materials.
  • Define system and components capabilities and ensure the quality of the product by designing mechanical testing methods, testing finished products and system capabilities and properties. 
  • Establish specifications for the purchase of materials and equipment.
  • Inspect completed installations and observe operations, to ensure conformity to design and equipment specifications and compliance with operational and safety standards.
  • Develop manufacturing processes by designing and modifying equipment for building and assembling mechanical components taking into consideration operators' observations.


REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS


  • BSC or Master degree mechanical or electromechanical engineering
  • 2 - 5 years of experience in a similar position
  • Excellent knowledge in drawing & design 
  • Expert in CAD software and 3D drawing system, Solidworks knowledge is a plus.
  • Proven experience in 3D printing, injection molding, machining, stainless steel equipment but also in composite design & manufacturing techniques
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills
  • Very good organizational and time management skills
  • Fluent in English, French is an asset
  • Experience in Biotech and/or pharmaceutical equipment design. Experience in a benchtop system using single-use component is a plus
  • Overall: you strive for excellence and focus on high-quality products, you are a driven team player and you feel at ease in the challenging and fast-paced biotech universe!

Product Manager - Univercells Technologies

Based in Brussels, you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-maker.

As Product Manager, your mission will be to help translate market trends into product specifications and engineering requirements. 

You will work closely with the sales and marketing team and the product development team to collect and scope the value proposition of new and existing products and services.

You will also be responsible for documenting key development milestones, throughout the product life-cycle and be the “go-to” person for information regarding the product(s) in question. 

Moreover, you will support the creation of the first conceptual design of the new products, generate relevant marketing materials and promote our products through conferences, webinars, workshops, publications etc.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the sales team to identify market trends as well as current and future needs and collect VoC (Voice of Customer)
  • Carryout competitive analyses to assess the technology gaps in the market and identify the “sweet spot” for our products 
  • Work with Marketing and Sales in order to assess different pricing strategies for new and existing products and generate marketing materials that promote our products/ services 
  • Carry out process economics analysis to help drive decisions in product development 
  • Perform bespoke cost modelling analysis to show the tangible benefits of our products for different customer-specific applications
  • Organize workshops with the product development team in order to translate the VoC into product requirements 
  • Lead the initial scoping of the key technical features of new products to be developed and write detailed URS documents
  • Ensure that our products are being developed with the correct features to meet the market needs and organize staff trainings to educate our sales and marketing team on the key features of our products and their value proposition
  • Participate in customer meetings to explain the value proposition and key technical features of our products 
  • Scope new technologies that could be integrated into our platforms 
  • Participate in new business initiatives by supporting the CTO and the CCO in “high level” conceptualization of new products/ services 


REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

                                                         

  • Masters or PhD in biochemical engineering, chemical engineering or a relevant engineering discipline is desired  
  • Experience in process economics modelling applied to biotechnology would be appreciated 
  • Solid scientific background, together with an understanding of biopharmaceuticals, gene therapy and vaccines manufacture
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to deliver key messages to internal and external audiences
  • Ability to creatively explain and present complex concepts in an easy to understand manner
  • Strong project management skills 
  • Ability to prioritize actions and goals and to successfully progress sales along the sales pipeline
  • A high level of initiative, combined with interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Fluent English, any other language considered as an asset


Technical Sales Manager - Univercells Technologies

Based in Brussels and Nivellesyou will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-maker. 

As Technical Sales Manager you will be responsible for the technical information within the Sales & Marketing Department.

You will support business discussions and clarify the technical deliverables related to the potential new project in coordination with our Project Leaders, Sales Managers and Business Support Team.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Your main responsibility will be to provide pre-sales and post-sales scientific guidance and support

In pre-sales you will:

  • Participate in client meetings to support discussion from a technical & scientific standpoint
  • Develop experimental plans in coordination with the sales owner & application development team.
  • Define project timelines & budget
  • Defend proposal in front of customers

In post-sales you will:

  • Manage customer projects (from a feasibility study to full process development and integration in NevoLine)
  • Act as Point of Contact with our Application Development Team and the customer
  • Manage scope, timeline, budget
  • Provide scientific guidance

During the full process, you will manage customer interactions from a scientific standpoint


REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS


  • Master degree in Life sciences and strong bioprocess expertise, (fixed-bed bioreactor is a plus)
  • Previous experience in Project Management, budget planning
  • Excellent communication & presentation skills
  • Helicopter view and strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to build solid customer relationship and customer intimacy
  • Driven by self-motivation, precision, and continuous improvement
  • Fluent English is mandatory



Project Manager - CDMO

Ready to jump into the next step of your career? 

Exothera, one of Univercells subsidiaries, is a newly launched contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that aims at supporting cell and gene therapy developers with process development and production of viral vectors. 

Exothera is uniquely positioned to create bespoke bioproduction support programs for manufacturers to achieve successful market entry. 

At Exothera and Univercells, our mission is to make health equally accessible to all. 

Exothera is now integrating new projects and is willing to move forward with the expansion of its Project Management team. In this scope, we are looking for a Project Manager, who will be based in Jumet, Belgium. You will join an enthusiastic and energetic team of Project Managers and you will directly report to the Senior Project Manager.


 THE ROLE

  • Perform project management functions for assigned projects, ensure the effectiveness and completion of the project life-cycle, with particular attention to the management of the baselines (scope, timelines, and budget), and change management to avoid scope creeps 
  • Main point of customer contact for project-related activities, and management of customer’s requirements execution as per an agreed-upon program of activities
  • Collaborate with other teams and stakeholders in a matrix environment manner to identify and treat project risks and issues. Develop action, mitigation and resolution plans 
  • Establish and maintain effective communication channels to allow accurate information flow throughout the project progression. Ensure meeting minutes, agendas, timelines, trackers and other tools are utilized to the benefit of the customer project
  • Follow and apply Project Management methodologies, techniques, and best practices. The Project Manager will also educate colleagues in these areas and share best practices across the organization


ABOUT YOU

Exothera is looking for a customer-oriented individual with solid structural and organizational skills. The successful Project Management Resource can multi-task in a high volume, fast-paced work environment. He is a team player with a high level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals.

In addition to these general skills and personality traits, Exothera is seeking candidates with the following background and competencies:

  • Master or Ph.D. in life sciences is preferred
  • 3-5 years related experience in a Project Management Role, with deep knowledge and experience of multidisciplinary and matrix/cross-functional team management. Prior experience in CRO/CMO/CDMO evolving in the field of Cell/Gene Therapy, and/or Vaccines manufacturing is highly desirable.
  • Proven experience working in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities
  • Formal project management training or certification (PMP, Prince 2 or equivalent) preferred 
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and to meet short- and long-term deadlines

Personal/interpersonal skills:

  • Ability to motivate, influence and negotiate. Decision making, problem-solving as well as Political and Cultural Awareness are additional essential assets to succeed in this role
  • Adaptability: Able to adapt to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Assertive and positive criticism
  • Ability to build a trusting and safe environment where problems can arise, with an emphasis on problem-solving and treatment of conflicts.
  • Providing all support to the team using a servant leadership style whenever possible and leading by example
  • Thorough familiarity with pack office, especially with word processing, spreadsheet, and project scheduling computer applications

 

OFFER

We offer a long-term contract, a competitive salary package (health insurance, company car, pension plan, meal vouchers…) and the possibility of evolution in an international, dynamic, and fast-growing company. Is it appealing to you? Are you a powerful thinker combined with an efficient doer? Apply now!

Product Testing Engineer - Biotech Applications

Based in Nivelles you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers.

Univercells is developing a new generation of biotech equipment (Scale-X and Nevoline) and in order to move forward with the development of our innovative products we are looking for a Product Testing Engineer.

Your mission will be to inspect and report on the quality of products through the entire development cycle. Depending on the product, they may use different criteria to check the quality, such as functionality, durability, safety, and speed.

You will be part of the product development team and will contribute to delivering the best product for our customers.


TASKS and RESPONSIBILITIES

On a daily basis, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Test all the aspects, features, and performances of the products developed by Univercells and communicate the results to your colleagues of the development team and manufacturing engineer’s team. These features and performances have a broad scope, both physicochemical and mechanical ones (heat transfer, gas transfer, fluid dynamic, sterility, shelf-life, pressure resistance, and many more).
  • Compare studies and benchmark our products with existing competitors’ products, and make sure we meet high-quality standards 
  • Conduct tests on materials used in manufacturing and ensure the safety rules and procedures
  • Deliver completely unbiased reports and mark out the shortcomings of the products for quality improvements
  • Ensure good coordination with the product development team 
  • Create a test environment and test cases for all bioreactors and related mechanical and electrical systems
  • Establish all the protocols and reports for the products in respect of the deadlines 
  • Analyze test results to detect issues, track root causes and identify potential solutions
  • Propose product improvements based on your experience as an early user of our products under development
  • Contribute to the creation of new product design as a support to our design engineers
  • Gather product requirements (e.g. functionalities, speed, safety standards), inspect raw materials and machinery to identify defects and bugs

REQUIREMENTS and QUALIFICATIONS 

  • You hold an Engineering Master’s degree or a Bachelor degree (bioengineering, chemistry, biochemistry, biology ...) with a few years of experience in a similar role
  • You are resourceful, autonomous, detail-oriented, but also curious
  • You are a real team player with very good communication skills
  • You are pragmatic and very well organized 
  • Your English is Fluent. French is a clear asset


Technical Buyer


Covering our different sites in Belgium (Bruxelles, Gosselies,, Nivelles & Jumet), you will join a collaborative team of passionate change-makers. As a Technical buyer, you will work on the on-time delivery of components for our labs. You will work together with our teams to ensure they have the right equipment and supplies to achieve their mission. 


RESPONSIBILITIES 

Based in Nivelles, your role will be to:

  • Ensure on-time purchase and delivery of components for laboratory, production and facilities activities 
  • Identify and set up a preferred supplier’s network to select and purchase the best value for quality, delivery, pricing, service, etc. 
  • Negotiate and build solid business relationships with the suppliers. Manage negotiations and contract drawing up, as well as the purchase of goods and services for the different categories for our different sites
  • Place orders and build a solid relationship with your internal clients to align with them on requirements. Communicate successfully in one-to-one or group in order to guarantee customer satisfaction 
  • Communicate efficiently concerning stock levels, delivery times and manage reporting to answer business requirements and a good overview on stock and deliveries management. 
  • Proactive management of suppliers including anticipation of risks or opportunities, problems identification & resolution …
  • Generate inventory master data & material planning 
  • Make sure that the processes are respected to ensure quality and continuous improvement.



REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

  • First experience in procurement within a (bio)technology environment
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in purchase, experience in logistics a plus.
  • Pragmatic, solution driven with a critical and analytical mind, you always pay attention to details
  • Experience with ERP / purchasing systems (Odoo is a plus) and good knowledge of Excel


  • You have excellent communication and negotiation skills + the ability to closely manage suppliers and internal clients
  • Enthusiastic, flexible, and able to lead a multitasking role
  • Excellent quality and organization of work (autonomy, methodological approach, behavior under pressure…)
  • You have a very good knowledge and practice of Excel
  • Fluent English and French

QA Specialist - Development (Bioprocess)

At Univercells, we are on a mission to make health equally accessible to all. We work every day to reinvent biomanufacturing processes and develop or integrate the next innovative technologies.

Through the combination of process development and engineering expertise, we create synergies to deliver game-changing production capacities to achieve our mission: Biologics available and affordable to all!

Based in Gosselies or Nivelles (Belgium), you will join a collaborative team of passionate change-makers.

YOUR MISSION:

You will implement, maintain and continuously improve the quality management system for the pharmaceutical process development of vaccines and biotherapeutics.

You will report to the Chief Quality Officer.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • You will oversee the quality activities for the pharmaceutical development activities in two domains: biotherapeutics and vaccines;
  • You will lead, coach and develop your partners in the organisation on the quality requirements for the development of pharmaceutical products;
  • You will develop and maintain a comprehensive Quality Management System and tools for the specified operations. Setting up the QMS will be the major focus at the beginning of your mission;
  • You will also evaluate and improve the current process and provide training when necessary.
  • You will maintain development, product and processes quality by enforcing quality assurance policies and procedures;
  • As a member of the QA team, you will collaborate with your business partners to disseminate quality mindset throughout the operations;
  • As a member of the QA team, you will contribute to corporate QA and QMS projects;
  • You will participate in health authority inspections and/or customer audits and ensure appropriate quality actions are being developed;
  • You will perform supplier audits and certifications;
  • You will provide adequate QA/QMS reporting.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MSc in Life Sciences, Bio-Engineering or related field
  • Experience in development of (bio)pharmaceutical processes is considered an asset
  • Experience in setting up a quality system is considered an asset.
  • Experience with inspections, audits, and certifications
  • Technical writing skills
  • Strong in communication and team player
  • Good influential skills
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environments and to combine helicopter view and tactical actions
  • Fluent in French and English.

OFFER
We offer a long-term contract, a competitive salary package (health insurance, company car, pension plan, meal vouchers…) and the possibility of evolution in an international, dynamic and fast-growing company. 

Is it appealing to you? Are you a powerful thinker combined with an efficient doer? Apply now!

Head of Quality Operations - Vaccines or CDMO (cell & gene therapy)

At Univercells, we are on a mission to make health equally accessible to all. We work every day to reinvent biomanufacturing processes and develop or integrate the next innovative technologies.

Through the combination of process development and engineering expertise, we create synergies to deliver game-changing production capacities to achieve our mission: Biologics available and affordable to all!


Based in Jumet, Gosselies or Nivelles (Belgium), you will join a collaborative team of passionate change-makers. We have two open positions to allow you to put your experience and talent at work: a Head of Quality Operations for our subsidiary Univercells Vaccines and a Head of Quality Operations for our subsidiary Exothera (cell and gene therapy).


YOUR MISSION:

You will be responsible for the quality operations for the concerned subsidiary of Univercells (Univercells Vaccines or Exothera), as well as for the quality of all active biological/pharmaceutical substances and final drug products being developed, manufactured, released and distributed for use in clinical trials and for commercial sales.

By preference, you can act as Qualified Person for the release of the products. 


Operationally you will report to the General Manager of the subsidiary and functionally you will report to the Chief Quality Officer.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • You will define the quality strategy for your area of operations
  • You will build, lead, coach and develop the QA Operations team to ensure appropriate QA oversight and implementation of the PQS;
  • In cooperation with the corporate Quality team, you will establish, implement, maintain and continuously improve a pharmaceutical quality system (PQS) for the development and manufacturing activities of the subsidiary;
  • You will maintain the quality of the development and manufacturing process, as well as the output thereof
  • You will disseminate quality mindset throughout the company and act as a role model;
  • You will ensure appropriate QA/PQS reporting throughout the organization;
  • You will participate in health authority inspections and/or customer audits and ensure appropriate quality actions are being developed.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MSc in Life Sciences or (Bio) Engineering
  • Ideally, you can act as a Qualified Person under the Belgian health authority supervision
  • Minimum 15 years’ combined experience in the operational area (cell and gene therapy or vaccines)
  • Executive and leadership capability to manage people, as well as influential skills
  • Strong GMP knowledge, covering EU and FDA (WHO experience is a plus)
  • Proven track record in inspection/audit management
  • Strong in communication and team player
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environments and to combine helicopter view and tactical actions
  • Fluent English (both written and spoken), French is an asset
  • Demonstrate day-to-day application of the company’s values


OFFER
We offer a long-term contract, a competitive salary package (health insurance, company car, pension plan, meal vouchers…) and the possibility of evolution in an international, dynamic and fast-growing company.


Is it appealing to you? Are you a powerful thinker combined with an efficient doer? Do you excel in bioproduction and downstream processes?  Apply now!


QA Manager Quality Management System – Development or Manufacturing

At Univercells, we are on a mission to make health equally accessible to all. We work every day to reinvent biomanufacturing processes and develop or integrate the next innovative technologies.

Through the combination of process development and engineering expertise, we create synergies to deliver game-changing production capacities to achieve our mission: Biologics available and affordable to all!


Based in Jumet, Gosselies, or Nivelles (Belgium), you will join a collaborative team of passionate change-makers. We have two open positions to allow you to put your experience and talent at work: a QA Manager QMS - Development and a QA Manager QMS - Manufacturing.


YOUR MISSION:

Depending on the function, you will be responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of a corporate quality management system for the development / manufacturing of biological drug substances and (semi-)finished drug products by Univercells, its subsidiaries, and third-party service providers or partners.

As QA Manager QMS – Development, you will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of a risk-based quality management system at corporate level in line with regulatory requirements for biopharmaceutical process and product development activities, pre-clinical and clinical testing, industrialization and technology transfer (in- and out transfer).


As QA Manager QMS – Manufacturing, you will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of a risk-based quality management system at corporate level in line with regulatory requirements for biopharmaceutical manufacturing and quality control activities.


You will report to the Chief Quality Officer and be part of the corporate Univercells team.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • You will define the quality strategy for your area of operations
  • You will build, lead, coach and develop a team to ensure appropriate QA oversight and implementation of the PQS in the area of operations;
  • You will establish, implement, maintain and continuously improve a pharmaceutical quality system (PQS) for the development / manufacturing activities of the different Univercells subsidiaries, and collaborate with the QA Operations teams to ensure compliance thereto;
  • You will disseminate quality mindset throughout the company and act as a role model;
  • You will ensure appropriate QA/PQS reporting throughout the organization;
  • You will participate in health authority inspections and/or customer audits and ensure appropriate quality actions are being developed.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD, MSc or equivalent in a scientific discipline
  • Minimum 10 years’ combined experience in the relevant quality management discipline (development/manufacturing)
  • Leadership capability to manage people, as well as influential skills
  • Strong GLP/GCP/GPvP/GMP knowledge, covering EU and FDA (WHO experience is a plus) as relevant for the function
  • Proven track record in inspection/audit management
  • Strong in communication and team player
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environments and to combine helicopter view and tactical actions
  • Fluent English (both written and spoken), French is an asset
  • Demonstrate day-to-day application of the company’s values


OFFER
We offer a long-term contract, a competitive salary package (health insurance, company car, pension plan, meal vouchers…) and the possibility of evolution in an international, dynamic and fast-growing company.


Is it appealing to you? Are you a powerful thinker combined with an efficient doer? Do you excel in bioproduction and downstream processes?  Apply now!

Project Manager

At Univercells Technologies, we are on a mission to make health equally accessible to all. We work every day to reinvent biomanufacturing processes and develop or integrate the next innovative technologies. Through the combination of process development and engineering expertise, we create synergies to deliver game-changing production capacities to achieve our mission: Biologics available and affordable to all!! This job is the perfect opportunity to contribute to our mission and be impactful.

Based in Nivelles (Belgium), reporting to the Manager of Project Management.

YOUR MISSION: As Project Manager, you will support Univercells Technologies in delivering the various projects being executed, be they New Product Introduction or other projects of business importance. You care about team functionality and strive to increase team efficiency. In your role, you will engage and align all involved Univercells Technologies people in order that their contributions converge towards timely & reliable project delivery. 


RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Deliver product projects according to the New Product Development & Introduction and Product Life-Cycle Change Control processes. 
  • Frame Project Goals and Objectives in a project charter or similar
  • Inform stakeholders in a timely fashion, facilitate quality decision-making, and avoid misunderstanding.
  • Act as a single point of contact for overall project planning and financial performance metrics. Partner with Finance to ensure that the team is reviewing the budgets, implementing changes and tracking variances. 
  • Proactively identify and mitigate issues and risks that could impact the progression of the project while exploring and maximizing opportunities during all stages of the project lifecycle.
  • Monitor project activities, milestones, and schedules escalating deviations as required to Development and Operations Leadership.
  • Facilitate the creation of project budgets by taking inputs from functional leaders and hold those functional budget owners accountable with proper financial consolidation and metrics.
  • Set and monitor project quality and performance with KPIs, and feedback-based project reviews
  • Manage the project communication to identify the key messages, interfaces, and timings for effective & transparent communication to all stakeholders. 
  • Partner with all functions and stakeholders to establish a collaborative environment for effective project communications and adjustments 
  • Drive best in industry practices by contributing lessons learned, challenges, solutions, and involvement in process improvement projects.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • MSc in Engineering fields, preferably with Bio-Engineering or Materials emphasis
  • Minimum 5 years of combined experience in Pharma/Biotech space, strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated project management accomplishment
  • Demonstrated influential skills. 
  • GxP knowledge
  • Strong in communication skills and team player
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environments and to combine strategic and tactical actions
  • Fluent English, French is an asset.


Project Manager - Ecuador

Univercells is seeking an experienced local project manager, part of a transversal team in charge of leading a pioneer project in setting up a specialized care center with a dedicated bioproduction facility in Ecuador. 

This role is to enhance project execution of this key partnership project, by supporting a cross-functional team and by using project management best practices.

You will ensure that the project is delivered on-time, within the scope, and within budget. You will manage changes to the project scope, schedule, and costs using appropriate verification techniques.

You will measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques.

Moreover, after a first period (3-4 months) in Belgium to get familiar with the team and the project, you will move to Ecuador (for minimum 3 years) and become the local representative to efficiently solve practical problems occurring in the field.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Project Management

In this role you will be accountable for the 7 pillars of Project Management:

BudgetApply project cost policies, procedures & documentation / Control cost at project level & report deviation

TimelinesConsolidate all project activities (incl. duration & sequence) / Build project schedule / Control schedule at project level & report deviation

Documentation / DeliverablesConsolidate requirements (project scope) and Work Breakdown Structure at the project level / Control scope at project level & report deviation

Communication / ReportingEnsure that all departments and experts receive the information needed to perform their tasks properly / Build ad hoc reporting 

MonitoringProject’s execution oversight / Project’s progress review & regular updates / Endorsement of project deliverables

Risk ManagementApply project risks policies, procedures & documentation / Ensure regular reporting on residual risk assessment 

ResourcesConsolidate project resource needs from all departments and experts / Control resource at project level & report deviation

Relationship and coordination management

Stimulate, align, and coordinates all stakeholder’s contributions

Be the key interface with our client and partners

Act as facilitator to integrate all technical contributions (hospital design & construction, bioprocess, engineering, external suppliers …)

Report and escalate to management as needed

Successfully manage the relationship with the client and all stakeholders

  • Quality, Compliance, EHS management
  • Ensure these requirements are always taken into account.
  • Collaborate with the EHS, quality & compliance local officers.
  • Risk management & reporting
  • Implement issues & risks management systems.
  • Develop recommendations and action plans to resolve issues and mitigate risks, affecting or likely to affect the successful execution of the construction phase.

  • QUALIFICATIONS
  • Master’s degree in business, technical (bioengineering, biology, engineering…) or healthcare management.
    • Proven project/program management experience. A project management certification (PMP, Prince 2,) is a clear asset.
    • 5 years of international experience in similar positions, where a proven track record of outstanding project and client management skills, involving mid to large-sized projects, ideally in the hospital or (bio)pharmaceutical industry.
    • Self-motivated and passionate about the company’s mission to improve access to high-quality healthcare in emerging markets.
    • Ability to communicate in a practical and commercial manner at all levels.
    • Ability to collaborate with multiple cross-disciplinary teams.
      • Ability to prioritize for delivering quality projects on budget and on schedule.
        Stress resistant, agile and ability to deal with uncertainties specific to start-up companies/SMEs.
      • Proven ability to self-manage and complete tasks without or with minimal supervision.
      • Problem-solver and troubleshooters: ability to see problems as challenges and life experiences and try to stand above them, objectively.
      • Fluent in Spanish and English.
      • Based in Ecuador for the duration of the project (from 2 to 5 years).