Head of Product Management - Biotech - Le Kremlin-Bicêtre

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Long-term contract
Localisation Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France
Occasional remote authorized
8 yrs of exp.
Posted on 04-29-2024


Notre objectif est de révolutionner la production de thérapies cellulaires en les rendant accessibles à tous.

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Astraveus is a French start-up created in 2016 specialized in the development of the LakhesysTM benchtop cell factory for the production of cell therapies.

Cell therapies are composed of living cells with high therapeutic potential such as genetically modified lymphocytes to attack cancerous cells. Those therapies allow to cure cancers and genetic diseases but they are currently too complex and expensive to produce. This results in substantial selling prices per patient, typically in the order of 0.5 million Euros.

Astraveus´ goal is to revolutionize the production of cell therapies to reach higher performance and quality standards than competing approaches, and thus contribute to making these innovative therapies accessible to all. To achieve this goal, Astraveus is developing innovative solutions that exploit the performance and precision of microfluidic modules in a fully automated environment.


Job description - Main missions

We are seeking a Head of Product Management to lead all business aspects of the LakhesysTM benchtop cell factory development program, including

  • Collection of voice-of-customer input through direct customer exchange and market research
  • Definition of product requirements and specifications in collaboration with the R&D organization through product development projects
  • Pricing analysis, product positioning and competitor landscaping
  • Financial modelling, including product volume, revenue and profitability forecasting
  • Development and execution of product launch and commercialization plans
  • Representation of the company at conferences and in industry consortia

In the role of Head of Product Management, you will be operating in a highly dynamic, complex and multi-faceted business environment at the forefront of technological advancement in cell therapy development and manufacturing to increase patient access to life-saving treatments. The LakhesysTM benchtop cell factory development program is composed of a diverse combination of hardware, software and consumable development projects. As part of this program, you will work in cross-functional project teams alongside R&D project leaders, project managers, quality and regulatory experts to shape project plans and deliver on ambitious objectives. Reporting to the Chief Business Development Officer, you will have frequent exchange with the Executive Committee of Astraveus through presenting and discussing the results of your work as well as providing input to the strategic planning process of the company.


Technical skills

  • 8+ years of experience in Bioprocessing industry in Marketing, Sales, R&D, or equivalent business roles
  • 5+ years of experience in product management of regulated products for use in bioprocess manufacturing
  • Proven success in developing & executing business plans and launching bioprocessing technologies to the market
  • Proven success in managing interfaces with stakeholder groups, e.g. R&D, PMO, Sales, Finance, Operations
  • Familiarity with design control procedures according to ISO 13485 or similar & deep understanding of milestone-based product development processes in the bioprocessing industry
  • Understanding of the full product lifecycle of bioprocess manufacturing technologies
  • Experience in managing combined hardware/consumable- and software- related projects and products
  • Proven ability to proactively address project risks and challenges
  • Proven ability to provide comprehensive audience-oriented messaging with appropriate depth and breadth of information
  • Excellent communication skills in English and French (verbal and written)
  • Practical expertise in biopharmaceutical development and/or manufacturing is a plus

Interpersonal skills

  • Empathetic, transparent and eloquent communication style
  • Optimistic, opportunity-seeking mindset
  • High motivation to work in a dynamic, diverse and agile environment; prior experience in start-up company desirable
  • Ability to constructively lead teams through ambiguous situations without formal managerial authority
  • High mental flexibility to anticipate and surpass challenges
  • Passion for technological advancement and innovation
  • Highest level of customer centricity

Additional information

  • Expected qualifications : Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Science or Engineering (e.g. Chemical, Biotechnology, or closely related discipline). Advanced business degree and/or PhD are a plus.
  • Start date : September
  • Ability to travel internationally (up to 15%)

We strive to create an inclusive environment that empowers our people by welcoming diverse cultures and backgrounds.