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Manufacturing Specialist ll
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Bluebird Bio is hiring a
Manufacturing Specialist ll



The nest is a place where every role has meaning, every team member is respected, and every day is a chance to fly higher. When you join bluebird bio, you're not just landing a new gig, you become part of a flock that's pursuing curative gene therapies to give patients and their families more bluebird days. We are doers, thinkers and collaborators who embrace and live by our values:

  • Persist for Purpose
  • Be Compassionate
  • Stay humble and curious
  • Keep it real
  • Celebrate (sm)all wins

Our innovation is rooted in the diversity of our teams and results are achieved through cooperation and the integration of multiple viewpoints. This is personal and we approach every challenge with radical care.




Join bluebird bio’s enthusiastic and collaborative team by contributing to the overall success of our novel gene and cell therapy approach. The focus of this position is to provide technical support for on-going external GMP manufacturing operations for the gene therapy and manufacturing processes. We are looking for an innovative individual with a breadth of experience and drive to implement our vision for this function.


You will help to bring more patients their bluebird days by:

  • Be a primary contact for designated external GMP manufacturing runs for ongoing Commercial and Clinical manufacturing carried out by contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs). Work hands on with the CMO to identify and troubleshoot operational issues and coordinate triage of issues and communication of path forward to internal and external teams. Ensure effective flow of communication between all departments involved in manufacturing production.
  • Become a Subject Matter Expert for the manufacturing process at the CMO and establish working relationships with external CMO’s both in person and remotely.
  • Perform Batch Record review, verification of GMP documentation and corresponding deviation review/management.
  • Work Thursday-Monday 2nd shift (2-10 PM) with the ability to be flexible, supporting manufacturing runs starting in 1Q2024 at the completion of onboard training. Travel to CMO up to 25-50% of the month (1-2X weeks) to oversee end-to-end operations (person-in-plant) and establish collaborative relationships with external partners. Travel to bluebird bio headquarters in Sommerville as needed (~1 per month) for team-based activities, workshops, team building, etc.
  • Participate in internal and external planning and project specific meetings.
  • Contribute to operational Change Controls from initiation to closure as applicable. Assist in the review of deviations to provide context for specific events.
  • Work closely with Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Manufacturing Science & Technology, and CMOs as applicable for successful manufacturing operations and resolution of Quality System Records. Work closely with internal and external Supply Chains to ensure all materials are available and released for use in Manufacturing.


You’re the bird we’re looking for if you have:

  • Preferred BS/MS with 3-8 years or high school degree with 5-10 years of experience in cGMP manufacturing in support of clinical programs and/or commercial products.
  • Ability to be flexible in schedule and travel to both bbb in Somerville, MA and CMO in Northern New Jersey (Thursday-Monday 2nd shift).
  • Prior cGMP cell or gene therapy or biologics manufacturing experience for commercial products is highly desirable. Experience working for/with a CMO is also highly desirable.
  • Good understanding of applicable regulations and standards (e.g., GMP). Must be able to review GMP Master Batch Records and associated GMP documentation.
  • Ability to work within ERP/SCM systems for material controls (e.g, Oracle) is highly desirable. Ability to work within quality system management systems for deviations and change controls (e.g., Veeva) is highly desirable.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize/balance work from multiple individuals (both internal and external to bluebird bio).
  • Strong verbal and written skills; ability to provide focus and clarity; able to handle confidential information and material appropriately. Independently motivated, detail oriented and good problem-solving ability. Strong organizational skills, excels at multi-tasking in an extremely fast-paced environment with changing priorities and be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself.

Compensation & Benefits 

We offer a total compensation and rewards package that ranks among the best in our industry. Base pay is one part of our total compensation package and is determined within a range. This provides the opportunity to progress as you grow and develop within a role. The anticipated annualized salary range for this role is $73,000.00 - $117,484.00. Your base pay will be determined based on several factors including market data, demonstrated skills, relevant education or training, experience, qualifications, internal equity, and travel requirements. Our overall package also includes eligibility for stock, incentive bonuses, and benefit programs, a flexible time off program, as well as 28 paid holidays, including 2 company shutdowns. 


bluebird bio is deeply committed to fostering an environment where diversity and inclusion are not only valued but prioritized. We believe a diverse and inclusive community empowers us to act courageously, care deeply, and dream boldly to impact people in big ways. Diverse viewpoints bring diverse capabilities which strengthen our focus and fuel our growth.

bluebird is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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