Engineering Project Manager

Salary & Details: Competitive salary based on experience. Full Time

Benefits: Share Options; Flexible Holiday policy; On-site gym

Location: Stevenage

Report to: VP of Product Development

About MFX

MFX is an award-winning startup developing a break-through bioprocessing platform for the cell and gene therapy (CGT) market, based on microfluidic technology. Its platform allows ultra-low costs and scale-up of CGT from discovery to commercial stages, making these very potent treatments affordable for a wider number of patients, and reducing development times by several years. MicrofluidX is currently developing a system that will allow biologists to test dozens of cell culture conditions in parallel in an automated way replacing the Petri dish, the flask, the bag, the bioreactor, and the centrifuge all at once!

CGTs are fast-growing areas of medical development. With over 700 clinical trials in progress, some treatments (e.g. Kymriah, Yescarta) have already reached the market. This technology is at a critical juncture where advances are achieving clinical realisation, yet manufacturing remains a key challenge, hindering clinical development and patient accessibility. Three critical manufacturing hurdles remain: prohibitive costs of goods, low process stability and control, and lengthy scale-up from discovery to commercial stages.

Position Overview

It is an exciting time at MFX Bio as we develop a revolutionary system for the cell and gene therapy market. We are looking to recruit an Engineering Project Manager to help us develop this transformative technology. This role involves project managing projects to successfully deliver both our consumable products to market and could also involve the project management of the delivery of hardware projects to production.

Our platform will enable ultra-low-cost and scalable CGT production, expediting the journey from discovery to commercialization with unprecedented efficiency. Joining MFX presents a unique opportunity to shape the future of bioprocessing technologies, contributing to the vision of making advanced therapies more accessible and cost-effective for a broader patient base while significantly reducing development timelines.

The Engineering Project Manager role will be project managing pre-production consumables and hardware and with the role transitioning to the managing products introduction into the Cell and Gene therapy marketplace.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Project Planning: Develop comprehensive project plans that outlines the scope, objectives, timeline, budget, and resources required for the project being managed.
  • Resource Management: Allocate resources effectively, including personnel, equipment, and materials, to ensure the project stays on schedule and within budget.
  • Contract and Supply Chain Management: Participate in supplier selection and manage the set up of contracts with vendors, subcontractors, and other third parties involved in the project. This includes negotiating terms, ensuring compliance, and resolving any disputes that may arise. Alongside this activity working with purchasing to set up blank orders with suppliers.
  • Risk Management: Identify potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate them. This includes creating contingency plans for unexpected events that could impact the project.
  • Stakeholder Communication: Maintain regular communication with stakeholders, including suppliers, team members, and senior management, to keep them informed of project progress and address any concerns.
  • Quality Assurance: Ensure that the project meets all quality standards and specifications. This may involve conducting regular inspections and tests to identify and address any issues.
  • Budget Management: Monitor project expenses and ensure that the project stays within the allocated budget. This may involve negotiating with vendors and suppliers to secure the best prices for materials and services.
  • Schedule Management: Develop and maintain a project schedule that outlines key milestones and deadlines. This includes tracking progress and making adjustments as needed to ensure that the project stays on track.
  • Team Leadership: Provide leadership and guidance to the project team, including assigning tasks, setting goals, and providing feedback. This may also involve resolving conflicts and
    motivating team members to perform at their best.
  • Documentation: Maintain accurate and up-to-date project documentation, including plans, schedules, budgets, and reports. This ensures that all project information is readily available and accessible to stakeholders.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure that all work is carried out in a safe manner and that all relevant health and safety regulations are followed. This includes conducting regular safety inspections and providing appropriate training to team members.
  • Change Management: Manage changes to the project scope, schedule, or budget that may arise during the course of the project. This includes evaluating the impact of the change, obtaining approval from stakeholders, and implementing the change in a timely manner.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 3+ years of demonstratable project management experience.
  • The candidate must have strong project management and leadership skills, including the ability to develop and manage project plans, allocate resources effectively, and monitor progress against milestones and deadlines.
  • Strong technical skills are essential for this role and experience of managing projects in the life science or medical industry is required. This includes a deep understanding of engineering principles and practices. Familiarity with relevant software and tools, such as project management software is also required.
  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field is required.
  • Project Management Professional certification from a recognised Project Management Institute or an equivalent certification would be beneficial.
  • Excellent communication skills are essential for this role, including the ability to communicate effectively with team members, stakeholders, suppliers and partners. This includes both written and verbal communication skills.
  • The role requires someone with good problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify potential issues and develop effective solutions.
  • Strong organizational skills are essential for this role, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously.
  • It is beneficial for the candidate to have a strong attention to detail, including the ability to identify potential issues and ensure that all project requirements are met.
  • This role requires someone who can work effectively as part of a team, including the ability to collaborate with team members from different disciplines and backgrounds.
  • This role requires an individual who is adaptable to changing project requirements and priorities, including the ability to adjust plans and strategies as needed.