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Regulatory Affairs Lead

Date: Jan 8, 2019

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.


The Regulatory Affairs Lead, under general guidance, prepares, reviews and submits high quality, regulatory submissions to the FDA, EMA and other health authorities within company timelines and in accordance with regulatory guidelines and applicable federal laws. Submissions may include INDs/CTAs, amendments, annual reports, DSURs, briefing documents, orphan drug applications, and additional documents as needed. He or she will interact effectively with cross functional team members in order to coordinate documentation required for submissions, ensuring timelines are met, have direct interaction with regulatory agencies on defined matters, and contribute to development of regulatory strategy.


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Job Function and Description


  • Coordinate all aspects of regulatory submissions relevant to assigned projects and programs, in accordance with submission and regulatory requirements.
  • Interact with functional groups across the organization in the development of relevant data to complete regulatory submissions.
  • Define contributions for submissions, communicate to functional contributors and track delivery according to agreed timelines.
  • Coordinate activities to maintain regulatory filings including planning and preparing IND/CTA amendments, annual reports, DSURs etc.  
  • Support the development of briefing documents for formal regulatory meetings.
  • Provide regulatory guidance to cross-functional teams.
  • Anticipate regulatory obstacles and emerging issues, including changing regulations, throughout the product lifecycle and develop solutions with other members of regulatory and related teams. 



  • Support the development of regulatory processes to manage pre-approval compliance activities.
  • Support the development of regulatory processes for submission planning and management.


Other projects and duties may be required.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • BS in Life/Health Sciences required, graduate degree preferred. Minimum 3-6 years experience or 2-5 with a MS/PhD in a Regulatory Affairs pharmaceutical or related environment with biologics experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of all FDA requirements pertaining to submission of regulatory documents
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate submissions independently in a time intensive situation

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Knowledge of the drug development process, with a focus on IND/CTA and BLA/MAA processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing IND and/or BLA submissions is desirable.
  • Knowledge of regulatory history, guidelines, policies, standards, practices, requirements and precedents.
  • Current knowledge and understanding of GxPs (GCPs, GLPs, GMPs) and ICH guidelines as well as FDA, international, and, if applicable, local regulations.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
  • Possesses strong critical and logical thinking
  • Demonstrated strong writing and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, manage competing priorities (i.e. working on two or more projects with overlapping timelines)
  • Highly flexible, adaptable, and experienced in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrates excellent organization skills and the ability to multi-task; detail oriented.
  • Demonstrates the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships at all levels of the company and with external contacts

Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Excellent problem identification and problem solving skills; ability to exercise judgment independently.
  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Ability to follow scientific arguments, identifying regulatory scientific data needs, and solve regulatory issues

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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