Career | Director, Regulatory Affairs | Umoja Biopharma

Director, Regulatory Affairs

Umoja Biopharma

Seattle, WA, US / Onsite/Remote

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Regulatory Affairs
  • Industry: Therapeutics
  • Post Date: 03/15/2023
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  • Company Address: 1920 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

About Umoja Biopharma

Umoja is developing a new approach to cancer therapy that retools a patient’s immune system in vivo, enhancing the body’s natural capacity to fight cancer. We envision a world where all patients with cancer have access to the most advanced immunotherapies and are free from the burdens of traditional cancer therapies.

Job Description

Umoja Biopharma is a game-changing biotech start-up with locations in Seattle, WA and Boulder, CO, focused on transforming the treatment of cancer with a novel integrated immunotherapy platform. Our vision is to develop off-the-shelf therapies capable of treating any tumor, any time. We are a diverse and growing team working in brand-new facilities in downtown Seattle, Washington, and Boulder, Colorado, and we are looking for innovative thinkers who are excited by groundbreaking science and technology, and passionate about squaring up to the challenges inherent to cutting edge drug development. We are committed to the principles of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and strongly invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who share our commitment and help position Umoja as a leader in this front.

We at Umoja believe in the importance of stories; we are looking for great people to join our team to help us create more stories for ourselves, for you, and most importantly for patients and their families. 

Umoja Biopharma – Your Body. Your Hope. Your Cure. 

Position Summary

The Director/Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs reports to the Head of Regulatory Affairs and is responsible for content development, compilation, maintenance, and review of the Nonclinical and Clinical Modules for regulatory submissions to support Umoja’s drug products including, DMF, IND and NDA/BLA applications, Health Authority (HA) responses, and briefing packages (including participating in/leading HA meetings). In this role, the Director/Senior Director will represent Regulatory Affairs on the technical teams, participate in internal development team(s), and interface with external contractors/consultants.

This key role will develop and implement regulatory strategy leading to successful registration and life-cycle management of unique and technologically complex products serving patients with cancer and unmet needs. This role builds and relies on critical partnerships with key stakeholders to execute the strategies in alignment with business priorities.

Core Accountabilities

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Independently provide effective phase-appropriate strategic guidance/input related to current regulatory requirements and expectations for clinical trial applications and marketing applications for development projects
  • Plan, prepare, and manage submissions to HAs including DMFs, INDs, NDA/BLA and CTD regulatory filings
  • Lead regulatory interactions with HAs including managing preparation of briefing materials for HA meetings, preparing subject matter experts (SMEs), and ensuring appropriate follow-up.
  • Work in close collaboration with consultants and/or CROs, as needed, to ensure appropriate interactions with HAs.
  • Utilize various electronic systems for dossier creation and tracking
  • Represent the regulatory function on cross-functional product development teams and provide innovative strategic and tactical advice to achieve timely and efficient development and maintenance of programs, while ensuring compliance with applicable regulatory requirements
  • Effectively communicate the regulatory strategy, risks, mitigations and overall plans to Regulatory Affairs, program teams and senior management, as relevant
  • Identify, communicate, and propose resolutions to both routine and complex issues
  • Remain current on Regulatory Intelligence, new guidance documents and competitive information to provide comprehensive information to program teams
  • Support or lead non-project activities, as needed such as SOP/standards development
The Successful Candidate Will Have

  • BS/BA degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific field required; advanced degree (MS or PhD) is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in regulatory affairs with a focus on regulatory documentation and lifecycle management within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry is a must, including 3 years of experience in management/leadership roles.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with oncology products is desired
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements across development stages and post-approval is essential. Experience with regulations for:
    • Biologics and small molecules is required
    • Cell/gene therapy is desired.
    • Combination products is desired
  • Expert working knowledge of full drug development process and knowledge of FDA and ICH regulatory requirements
  • Strong strategic and analytical abilities, diplomacy, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to collaboratively influence across multiple functions, and motivate others to accomplish company objectives
  • Ability to work flexibly within tight timelines and with strong project management skills
  • Self-motivated and detail oriented with sound judgement and innovative thinking to deal with challenges/opportunities.
Physical Requirements

  • This role can be based anywhere in the US, with a preference for the Seattle or Boulder area.
  • Ability to travel occasionally.
Director Salary Range: $203,700 - $249,000

Senior Director Salary Range: $233,750 - $316,250

Benefits Offerings

Umoja Biopharma offers its employees competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision plans through Premera Blue Cross, Delta Dental, and VSP. Additionally, we offer Umojians access to a 401k plan through Fidelity, with a 100% match up to their first 6% deferral. Umoja also provides a competitive, unlimited Paid Time Off policy, employee commuter benefits, and childcare reimbursement. For a full breakdown of our benefits offerings, please see the Benefits section of our website.

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