Sr Director Business Partner Tech Ops & Process Sciences

Information Technology Bothell, Washington


This position is expected to provide thought leadership through the planning and deployment of key systems to support SGEN’s fast moving Technical Operations & Process Sciences (TOPS) initiatives. As part of the IT leadership team, this individual is expected to bring both function specific expertise as well as overall leadership skills in support of the wider IT organization. This role will establish an IT strategy within TOPS at a time when significant change is taking place, organizationally and strategically. This role will serve as the point person for IT interactions and have accountability for ensuring key interactions, projects and business processes between TOPS & IT run smoothly.  This position will uphold compliance to the policies and standards within the organization and will manage customer relationships while acting as a trusted advisor to the business.

Key Position Deliverables:

  • Collaborate with a new and evolving, global team in TOPS to establish strong relationships and build partnerships
  • Establish an IT strategy to support the system integration, automation and analytics needs of TOPS for the coming years
  • Lead highly motivated IT professionals to execute on the strategy and deliver required systems and solutions
  • Support the existing systems and processes, ensuring high quality operations are maintained at all times


  • Provides leadership to build, direct, and retain a high performing IT team, including outsourced personnel
  • Provides a high level of engagement, collaboration and communication with staff, business partners, vendors and management
  • Provides exceptional support to a variety of stakeholders across the company
  • Maintains customer relationships, works with departments and key users across the company to identify and build business processes / solutions by leveraging technology
  • Ensures IT applications, systems, processes and personnel are developed, implemented and operated in compliance with global regulatory standards including CFR, GxP, and ICH
  • Acts as a “change agent” internal to IT while influencing change outside of IT


  • At least 15 years of experience in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry and comfortable in supporting/facilitating multiple large, complex projects in parallel
  • Business knowledge: demonstrated knowledge of key business processes and industry awareness of trends in the bio/pharma industry with a specific focus on manufacturing, supply chain, process sciences, quality assurance, quality compliance
  • Credibility and Presence: the ability to capture the confidence of the organization in presenting new ideas or solutions
  • Collaboration / Communication / Teamwork: establish and maintain successful interaction within the organization. Ability to build relationships across all levels of the organization with a high level of confidence and resiliency
  • Compliance knowledge: detailed understanding of all requirements for bio/pharma system validation with responsibility to ensure systems are compliant with FDA and global regulations
  • Strategic Thinking: ability to consider a problem abstractly and develop an approach that meets company strategic goals
  • Leadership: ability to take independent action, working with a high-level problem or concept, developing the right next steps to propose resolution and ensuring successful outcome
  • Influence Skills: ability to factually resolve conflicts and differences of opinion in a respectful yet assertive way
  • Strategic Planning: Ability to package and syndicate a message, garner business support, drive and document vision / strategy, plan & organize, providing progress on multiple projects
  • Outcome oriented: Balance creativity and innovation against practical / cost effective approaches


  • Bachelors Degree
  • MBA or related Masters-level degree is an asset

As the leading employer in our industry in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Genetics is proud to offer a competitive total compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the whole lives of our employees and their families. Benefits include medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Seattle Genetics, please visit

Seattle Genetics is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.