Senior Director, Quality Compliance (AH19-205)

We provide ample scientific challenges enabling you to have a real impact in an environment where you get the opportunity to take part in the entire biotech value chain from the earliest drug discovery all the way through late stage clinical development. We expect you to bring an innovative mindset, scientific curiosity, a lot of energy and pragmatism.

Catalyst Biosciences is seeking a Senior Director, Quality Compliance in their South San Francisco office. This position will report to the SVP, Technical Operations and has primary responsibility for managing Quality Compliance activities for the Company’s programs. Catalyst is advancing several high potency parenteral recombinant compounds, targeted for subcutaneous delivery, through mid-to-late clinical trials with the intent of commercializing.


Catalyst is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel medicines to address important unmet needs within bleeding and complement related disorders. Catalyst has compounds that span the value chain from the earliest discovery to late stage clinical trials with the intent of commercialization.


  • Establish and maintain quality systems, deviations, CAPA, training, change management, and document management programs
  • Implement process improvements as needed to ensure GMP, GLP, and GCLP compliance in a clinical development environment that will evolve and support a fully approved commercial product
  • Ensure the adequacy and availability of both internal and external GxP and program-level training, including providing training as needed, e.g., new regulations, audit findings, etc.
  • Serve as a resource for quality and compliance questions, issues, and planning, including providing guidance based on current GMP global regulations, industry standards and best practices
  • Provide oversight and assist internal and external personnel, in the development of corrective and preventative action plans following identification of compliance issues and/or concerns. Monitor progress on successful completion.
  • Participate in outsourcing vendor evaluation and selection, conduct vendor audits, ensure robust vendor oversight and establish quality agreements
  • Help set up and maintain GxP documentation storage area
  • Lead inspection readiness activities (preparation, conduct, and response) for internal CMC / GMP and regulatory inspections
  • Facilitate internal reviews of processes, assist in preparation of responses to findings and ensure completion of commitments
  • Participate in preparation, review and approval of CMC sections of regulatory filings
  • Participate in due diligence audits of potential business partners
  • Manage CMC / GMP Supplier Qualification program, including the audit program for CBIO, CMOs (DS & DP), GMP CROs and key suppliers utilizing cGMP knowledge and findings to improve procedures and quality compliance standards
  • Maintain awareness of new developments for cGMP and inform management of potential impact to clinical programs and business processes
  • Represent Catalyst for quality assurance oversight and partnership development purposes to CMO, CRO and key vendor sites, as required
  • Partner with key Catalyst functions including Process Development, Manufacturing, Project Management, Clinical Operations, Finance and Regulatory Affairs
  • Provide periodic report to Senior Management on the compliance status of the CBIO Quality System internally and externally (CMO/CRO).


  • A BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD in a scientific discipline or related field
  • Minimum ten years’ experience in a Quality function with increasing levels of responsibility in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry
  • In-depth knowledge and experience implementing phase-appropriate quality assurance systems to achieve and maintain GxP compliance
  • Strong understanding and interpretation of GMPs, GLPs, GCPs and best quality practices with regard to biotech and parenteral pharmaceutical products
  • Experience with regulatory agencies such as the FDA, EMEA, etc.
  • Direct experience with GMP as well as clinical and commercial quality assurance
  • Proven success in CMO management (DS & DP) with clinical products
  • Technical expertise in development/manufacture of recombinant biologic parenteral products with cold chain logistics
  • Travel and effectively manage vendors globally (25% travel)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated skills in Catalyst’s Core Competencies:
    • Leadership
    • Drive, Intensity, Enthusiasm
    • Goal Orientation/Commitment to Task/Follow-up
    • Teamwork
    • Attention to Quality & Detail
    • Decision Making & Problem Solving
    • Flexibility


Thank you for your interest in Catalyst Biosciences! You may apply for this position by sending your CV/resume to, referencing requisition number (AH19-205) in the subject line.