Project Director, Technology Capital Projects

Spark Therapeutics
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hybrid and remote options available for select opportunities.
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Closing date
Oct 4, 2022

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The Project Director, Technology Capital Projects at Spark Therapeutics will lead all day to day management aspects of our major capital project for the Spark GTIC Project including: all design phases, engineering, project controls, construction, CQV through facility licensure. These elements include scope definition and control, stakeholder alignment, project planning, resource and risk management, project leadership, and team development, engineering and construction contractor management and communication throughout the organization. Successful capital project management includes guiding project team activities to meet project and business objectives, and approval of project recommendations through our project and capital governance processes. This role is responsible for establishing and managing the overall project schedules from design through construction, commissioning, qualification and start-up phases and manage the overall budget of this capital project ($500MM - $1 B).


Hire team members to support Project Gateway Safety/EHS, Project Controls, Engineering, Design, Construction, Commissioning, Qualification, Validation and Licensure. The hiring plan will consist of hiring Spark FTE’s, contract SME’s, and various engineering and equipment firms.

Leverage Roche resources where applicable and leverage facility design and equipment standards with key Roche Global Engineering colleagues.

Establish and manage the project End User Requirements, Scope and resulting estimates/budgets. Properly allocate funds across CAPEX and OPEX budgets and report through various project and corporate governance bodies.

Coordinate requirements of federal and local governments with respect to zoning and planning related matters; manage all outside vendors and contractors supplying either engineering/construction services or equipment to the project.

Develop, manage and maintain up-to-date project timelines inclusive of all critical milestones, key interdependencies and resource constraints, applying appropriate project scheduling techniques utilizing P6 scheduling tool.

Proactively identify and escalate risks and issues to relevant stakeholders; lead development and delivery of tactical and achievable mitigation and contingency planning.

Collaborate with numerous cross functional teams within the Spark Technology Development Organization (Manufacturing, Digital Systems, MS&T, Process Development, and Quality) to ensure all facility and process assets are ideated, evaluated and selected, approved, constructed, delivered and supported in accordance to Spark IT principles, policies and standards.


  • BS/MS in Chemical or BioChemical Engineering or related field required.
  • Minimum 25 years of experience in the Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience in biopharmaceutical based GCP/GLP/GMP environments
  • Proven track record in delivering large greenfield GMP Facility Capital Projects in the range of $500 MM and up, and leading a Project Team of internal FTE’s and outside contractors that would exceed 100 people.
  • Have managed large capital projects through the entire capital project management lifecycle from Concept Design through Construction, Commissioning, Qualification and Start-Up including facility licensure.
  • Demonstrated technical senior level project management experience to develop project goals, budgets, deliverables and timelines on large capital projects in excess of $300 MM and demonstrated ability to deliver on all aspects of Scope/Cost/Schedule.

Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

Join the Spark Team

We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable - until now.

We don't follow footsteps. We create the path.

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At Spark Therapeutics, a fully integrated, commercial company committed to discovering, developing and delivering gene therapies, we challenge the inevitability of genetic diseases, including blindness, hemophilia, lysosomal storage disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Founded in March 2013 as a result of the technology and know-how accumulated over two decades at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), our investigational therapies have the potential to provide long-lasting effects, dramatically and positively changing the lives of patients with conditions where no, or only palliative, therapies exist. Greater understanding of the human genome and genetic abnormalities have allowed our scientists to tailor investigational therapies to patients suffering from very specific genetic diseases. This approach holds great promise in developing effective treatments to a host of inherited diseases. Our initial focus is on treating orphan diseases.

Headquartered in dynamic Philadelphia, we are a diverse, experienced team united in our goal to break down barriers for people and families affected by genetic diseases. As our name suggests, our investigational, one-time therapies are designed to spark healthy biology, and deliver potentially life-altering transformation for people and families affected by genetic disease. Spark is a member of the Roche Group.

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