Jumet, Belgique

CQV Manager (M/F)

  • Experience 10 years or more
  • Type of role Quality, Security & Environment
  • Region Wallonia
  • Activity CDMO

Contact Isabelle Milcent
+32 (0)472 11 13 37

More info on Univercells

At Univercells, they are on a mission to make health equally accessible to all.

They work every day on reinventing biomanufacturing processes and develop or integrate the next innovative technologies. With the combination of process development and engineering expertise, they create synergies to deliver game-changing production capacities to achieve their mission: Biologics available and affordable to all! This job is the perfect opportunity to contribute to their mission and be impactful.

Based in Jumet, you will join a collaborative team, full of passionate change-makers. You will be a key member of an international and dynamic team in a fast-growing and innovative organization of 230+ people, fully supported by prominent investors and international organizations (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, European Investment Bank, Major impact funds…).

To strengthen Univercells’ team, we are looking for a (m/f): CQV Manager.


You will be responsible to manage Commissioning, Qualification and Validation mainly for all Univercells CAPEX projects (i.e. for Univercells Technologies, Univercells Vaccines, Unizima & Exothera) and also for regular activities.

Operationally you will report directly to the Head of CAPEX.

With your project, technical & regulatory expertise, you will strongly collaborate with process development, production process engineers, production, supply chain, quality control, quality assurance, maintenance, procurement & CAPEX teams.


Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Define the best-in-class commissioning and qualification/validation/verification practices.
  • Master & apply science & risk-based approaches (QbD, DoE, Control Strategy).
  • Execute or supervise CQV activities, with a focus on CAPEX projects:
    • On projects: from program/project master plan, inception/feasibility/conception studies, to (Process) Performance Qualification, Cleaning & Process Validation, CSV, and with a strong support during Technology Transfer, start-up & ramp-up phases.
    • In regular basis: from site(s) master plans to Ongoing / Continuous Process Verification.
  • Manage the CQV projects (cost, quality, time, scope, risks, expected benefits).
  • Set-up, supervise, manage, train & coach CQV engineers and technicians, internal and external partners, and all stakeholders, in a disruptive & efficient way.
  • Build a reliable international CQV network (suppliers, experts) and partnerships.
  • Perform methodology, technology, and business intelligence on the market (intra & cross-sector) to anticipate trends and maintain level of expertise (QbD/PAT, big data/AI, digitalization, savings…).
  • Lead continuous improvement & Operational Excellence initiatives.
  • Manage EHS & Quality.
  • Support regulatory and customers audits, inspections (GMP, cGMP, WHO…) and visits.
  • Act as ambassador of good project management & CQV practices awareness across the organization.

Requirements / Qualifications:

  • Engineer, MSc in Biotechnology or Process Engineering, or equivalent acquired through experience.
  • 10+years of successful and relevant experience in biotech GMP activities (Viral Vectors for Cell & Gene Therapy, Viral Vaccines, Vaccines).
  • Excellent track record on CQV projects, from strategy definition to execution, including fast-track/ASTM E2500 projects.
  • Exposure to new plant set-up & tech transfer projects is mandatory.
  • Exposure to CDMO context is an asset.
  • Inspiring leader, and team player, with strong demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Right First Time & Customer-oriented.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, pragmatism, and positive critical thinking.
  • Project certification (PMI, Prince2, Agile) is a clear plus.
  • Resilience and agility in demanding environment.
  • Fluent in English and French.

Your application and related information will remain strictly confidential.

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