Allergan Associate Director, EHS Biosafety (Select Agents & Toxins) in Irvine, California

Associate Director, EHS Biosafety (Select Agents & Toxins)

Irvine, California, United States at

Sep 27, 2016Post Date

150840Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals and biologic products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of best-in-class products that provide novel treatments for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology, anti-infective and cardiovascular therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives.

Our success is powered by our world-class team’s commitment to being Bold for Life. Together, we build bridges, power ideas, act fast and drive results for our customers and patients around the world by always doing what it is right.

Join one of the world’s fastest growing pharmaceutical companies!

At Allergan you will have the opportunity to thrive in a fast-paced, strategic environment where bold, innovative thinking isn’t just welcomed, it’s encouraged. Across all functions, we relish the opportunity to help our people fulfill their potential. Our rapid growth strategy means plenty of opportunities to step into the spotlight.

Position Description

The Associate Director Select Agents and Toxins (SAT) and CDC Alternate Responsible Official (ARO), under the direction of the Director CDC-SAT and RO Irvine, is responsible for assisting the RO with administrative oversight of select agent and toxin activities and thereby ensures full compliance with all of the requirements of 42 CFR Part 73. The person in this role will develop, implement and manage all activities to assist RO in ensuring compliance with 42 CFR Part 73 and provide oversight of other Irvine site Alternate Responsible Official(s) (AROs)

Main Areas ofResponsibility

· Working closely with various departments, increasingly in a consultancy role, assisting line managers to understand and implement policies and procedures;

· Liaising with a wide range of people involved in policy areas such as staff performance and health and safety


The following listed requirements need to be met at a minimum level to be considered for the job:

· A minimum of eight to ten years management experience in the field of Biosafety or Select Agents and Toxins, with strong hands on experience within a pharmaceutical or related manufacturing operation involved with Research and Development, Testing and/or Bulk Production.

· A broad knowledge of CDC SAT, EHS and Biosafety regulations, Emergency Response planning and Hazardous Materials management. Experience with evaluating compliance with requirements through auditing.

Knowledge of:

• OSHA, FDA, EPA, CDC and other regulatory agency record keeping, monitoring and enforcement regulations and guidelines.

• 42 CFR Part 73 (CDC) specifically the duties of the company Responsible Official (RO).

• 29 CFR 1910 (OSHA) specifically the responsibilities of the EHS department related to Biosafety.


The below skills are attributes that may not be mandatory, but are definitely desired in the ideal candidate.

• Good interpersonal skills, negotiation skills and the ability to influence others without formal authority.

• Analyzing and troubleshooting problems, identifying solutions, recommending and implementing methods, procedures and/or techniques for resolution.

• Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with all levels of personnel.

• Good organizational skills, self-starter, able to manage multiple priorities.

• Operating a PC, creating and maintaining data bases, preparing clear and concise reports and proposals.

• Ability to maintain appropriate/ accurate records.


10 - 20% travel (domestic and international) with scheduling flexibility and timelines.


Bachelor’s degree in basic science (i.e., Chemistry, Biology, Virology, Medicine, Biosafety, Health Physics) and/or EHS. An advanced degree in basic science is preferred.