Supervisor, Cell Manufacturing

at Promega
Location Fitchburg, WI
Date Posted April 28, 2021
Category Bioscience
Job Type Full-time
Address 2800 Woods Hollow Rd


Job Description

Promega is an international bio-tech company with over 4000 high quality products that have been supporting science for over 40 years. We support scientists researching life and disease, pharma companies developing new treatments, forensic labs matching DNA from crime scenes and clinical labs running and confirming health tests - and that’s just the beginning. And yes, we have been extremely busy providing our technologies to support COVID-19 testing and research.

We strive to create an open, inviting and inclusive culture – we care about you as a person, not just a team member. We embrace the principles of emotional and social intelligence – which helps our employees improve relationships, manage stress and enhance connections. Establishing and maintaining relationships is part of the foundation of our culture - teams are more like family than co-workers.

Our campus speaks volumes. Headquartered in Madison, employees work in and around a campus with multiple buildings that are integrated into a natural setting with trails, ponds, woods and a restored prairie. Sustainability is important – we invest in energy efficiency and use renewable energy. Our culinary team offers top notch food to employees – including an onsite garden to supply fresh produce.  Check out our campus through this map, and learn more about our people and sustainable practices.



We are a dedicated group of scientists passionate about cell culture and the role that reliable in-vitro models play in furthering medicine and disease treatment. We represent a relatively new capability for Promega but have established ourselves as leaders in the space of thaw-and-use, mammalian cell lines.


In this position, you will be responsible for leading a group of 4-5 scientists who manufacture and test bioassay cell lines and other reagents. You will help manage manufacturing schedules and tasks, help trouble-shoot assays, coach and mentor passionate scientists, lead process improvements, and continue to blaze the trail for one of Promega’s newest capabilities. You will work closely with a multitude of areas including Marketing, R&D, Project Management, and Operations with the goal of delivering high quality products to our customers around the globe.


You have a strong background in cell culture, well-practiced in aseptic technique, and have industry experience with of Bioassay/Immunoassay execution and development. Leadership experience with direct reports and/or experience managing project teams will help with your quick assimilation into the role. You thrive in a team environment and can be relied upon to help achieve success in the lab and out. You may have experience working in a production environment and are familiar with Quality Management and Enterprise Resource Planning systems.

The Supervisor - Cell Manufacturing role is responsible for leading 4-5 Production Scientist staff in a relatively new capability within Promega manufacturing, offering the ability to contribute to the growth of the business. This team supports Promega's Biologics business through the manufacture and release testing of cell lines included in Promega's various immunoassay assay products. This team is also responsible for supporting the process development of new Biologics products as part of the New Product Development team. The supervisor will work closely with the Biologics business including Product Managers, R&D scientists, and Operations to ensure the delivery of consistent and high quality products to our customers.


1. Manufacture and quality test products in the Cell Manufacturing area.

2. Perform project prioritization and operations planning within area of responsibility. This includes contingency planning for key products.

3. Maintain effective inter- and intradepartmental communications and timely follow-up to assure that all Cell Manufacturing area manufacturing objectives are met.

4. Support new product launch activities, either directly or in a supervisory role, for products introduced in related areas.

5. Maintain ongoing analyses of key issues, projects, and objectives, and review metrics to summarize the status and trends of key operational parameters within the Cell Manufacturing area.

6. Conduct performance, career development, and salary reviews. Review training needs to provide training opportunities for staff to develop personal and job-related skills.

7. Aggressively look for areas of manufacturing process improvement, which may include capital or facilities investment, procedural revisions or staffing changes.

8. Review and approve documentation: e.g. batch record binders, QC protocols, SOPs, deviations, process changes, etc. to ensure accuracy, clarity and appropriate technical and quality system content.

9. Will understand and comply with all elements of the Promega Quality System outlined for the position.


1. Assist manager in the execution of specified operational projects as assigned.

2. Maintain effective communications and timely follow-up to assure that all area manufacturing objectives are met.


1. BS degree in scientific discipline with 6+ year’s postgraduate lab experience; MS or higher degree in scientific discipline with 4+ year’s postgraduate lab experience.

2. Minimum five years experience in industrial manufacturing operations including at least 2 years of working in or with aseptic processing.

3. Minimum five years experience in Cell Culture and Bioassay execution or development.

4. Minimum three years project management experience, including leadership, in a technical area within a cross-functional team environment.

5. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and ERP systems


1. Previous 1-2 years supervisory or lead experience.

2. Previous 1-2 years cross-functional team project management.


1. Must be able to perform inspections of equipment and operations for cleanliness and safety.

2. Must have the ability to use computer equipment in an interactive manner for extended periods of time.

3. Ability to work at a lab bench or fume hood for extended periods of time.

4. Ability to work with hazardous materials (chemicals, radioactivity, etc.) so as not to endanger self or others.

5. Ability to use standard laboratory protective equipment (goggles, lab coat, protective gloves, etc.).

6. Ability to lift 50 lbs. occasionally.


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