About Forge  

Forge, a member of Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services, is a gene therapy development engine, focused on enabling access to life changing gene therapies and helping bring them from idea into reality. We partner with innovators in the gene therapy community: scientists, physicians, biotech/pharma companies, and patient groups. We bring expertise in gene therapy manufacturing and therapeutics development to the table, helping to champion teams that are navigating the long road from the lab bench to the bedside. Our goal is simple but vital to patients living with disease, and we take it seriously. With a patient-first approach, we are forging new models for working together to better accelerate these transformative medicines to reach those who need them the most.   

Forge is based in Columbus, Ohio, in a 200,000 square foot facility known affectionately by team members as, the Hearth. The Hearth, is a custom-designed cGMP facility dedicated to AAV manufacturing and hosts scalable, end-to-end manufacturing services.  

 

About The Role  

We are currently seeking a Supply Operations Technician to join the Forge Biologics team. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the startup efforts in our warehouses by executing the receipt, storage and handling of starting materials needed for the Grove City Ohio operations. The candidate will utilize existing material handling methods as well as coordinate the implementation of new processes to support start up, lab and GMP processing operations.   The ideal candidate will be skilled in modern supply chain methodologies, be able to use industrial lift trucks, inventory management systems, be highly organized and able to prioritize their schedule to meet the needs of internal and external customers.

The Supply Operations Technician is responsible for supporting all material handling needs for all areas at the Hearth.  These areas include supporting Safety, Quality, Training, Regulatory, Maintenance, HR, finance, Process Development, validation and qualification efforts.  The Sr. Material Handler will also support all new documents authoring and review for the department.  

 

What You’ll Do  

  • Perform as well as able to supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials
  • Assist in the planning, developing or implementation of warehouse safety and security programs and activities.
  • Respond to customers' (internal or external) or shippers' questions and complaints regarding storage and distribution services.
  • Monitor inventory levels of products or materials in warehouses.
  • Organize material according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology
  • Focus and experience in cold chain handling and packaging a plus
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions
  • Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, carts, or other equipment.
  • Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
  • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs.
  • Examine and inspect stock items for wear or defects.
  • Receive and count stock items, and record data manually or on computer.
  • Mark stock items, using identification tags, stamps, electric marking tools, or other labeling equipment.
  • Verify inventory computations by comparing them to physical counts of stock, and investigate discrepancies or adjust errors.
  • Issue or distribute materials, products, parts, and supplies to customers or coworkers, based on information from incoming requisitions.
  • Provide assistance or direction to other stockroom, warehouse personnel.
  • Properly handle and disposition damaged or defective items, or return them to vendors.
  • Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Recommend disposal of excess, defective, or obsolete stock.
  • Keep records on the use or damage of stock or stock-handling equipment.

 

What You’ll Bring  

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent work experience)Minimum of 2+ years’ experience in biopharmaceutical manufacturing or quality control activities preferred
  • Must be self-motivating, organized and proactive
  • Strong technical aptitude including demonstrated experience in applying scientific reasoning to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to work hours necessary to support production and/or product transfer activities
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Travel on an infrequent basis is required (<5%) to support job responsibilities and commitments.
  • In our commitment to safety of our employees and customers a COVID vaccination is required.

Work Environment and Physical Demands  

This position works in both a warehouse and typical office environment where the physical work demands will vary depending on the specific tasks and duties required of the job. The noise level is usually moderate. This role utilizes a computer and other standard warehouse equipment such as powered industrial trucks and hand trucks. Regularly moves freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles. Must be able to lift, carry, push, and/or pull objects weighing up to 50 lbs. Regularly communicate with others in person and electronically. Must have the ability to move around the facility for extended periods of time. 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned. 

Forge Biologics is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. Forge Biologics, provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 

 

Life at Forge  

We are a team of diverse, driven and passionate people working together to trailblaze a new model for how we make medicines to treat patients with genetic diseases. Our team members use their creativity and talent to invent new solutions, meet new demands, and offer the most effective services in the industry. Forge’s core values lay the foundation for H.O.P.E. It provides us a common purpose that we all understand, work towards and live by.  

 HARDWORKING - We work hard and smart, making a persistent and determined effort toward success. Working hard, with focus and desire is the key. 

OPEN - We strive to be approachable, actively listen and encourage others to contribute and speak up. We positively offer and receive constructive feedback. 

PURPOSE DRIVEN - We are passionate about working towards and delivering on our mission to manufacture gene therapies. 

ENGAGED - We are fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about our work and take positive action to further Forge’s vision, mission and goals. 

 

We’ve Got You Covered 

We take the health and happiness of our employees seriously and are consistently evaluating new ways to make our benefits truly UnFORGEttable. 

  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance that starts on your first day at Forge, with 90% of premiums covered for team members as well as dependents 
  • Flexible PTO (plus 14 paid company holidays) 
  • Annual bonus for all full-time employees 
  • 401(K) company match 
  • Fully-stocked kitchen with free food/drinks 
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave - additional discount programs include childcare support & dependent care 
  • Employee Assistance Program  
  • Wellness benefits (financial planning services, mental health counseling, employer paid disability) 
  • Professional & Personal development resources - LinkedIn Learning, a dedicate training staff in-house, mentoring opportunities & access to leadership development coaches 

 

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