Cell Processing Facility Master Scheduler

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   



The Master Scheduler will report directly to the Director of Therapeutic Products Program (TPP) Manufacturing.  This individual will work semi-autonomously to plan and prepare the daily and weekly production schedules required for the manufacture of cell therapies in the Cell Processing Facility (CPF).  This will include analyzing production schedules and overall manufacturing capacity to determine the optimal work schedule to ensure timely production of therapeutic products.  Energetic and enthusiastic and dedicated to life-saving research, the needed  skills and expertise for this position require developing and maintaining production planning tools and the master production schedules to ensure the efficient utilization of resources to meet the needs of the patients.


The Master Scheduler works independently and as part of the CPF Management team.  They will interface with manufacturing, principal investigators and external collaborators including, but not limited to, the Cell Therapy Laboratory (CTL) and Apheresis Unit.  Strong interpersonal and communication skills, along with a focused attention to detail, are required to ensure successful planning.


May perform some or all of the following responsibilities:


  • Ensure weekly and daily production schedules comply with the CPF production plan and expected patient infusion dates.
  • Attend meetings as planning coordinator, representing the CPF.
  • Work with MFG managers and supervisors to ensure technician training level matches assigned tasks.
  • Maintain and communicate manufacturing scheduling requirements and changes with manufacturing management and associates, principal investigators, clinical nurses, QA, QC, CTL and Apheresis on a routine basis.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with customer groups to ensure proactive assessment of operations to support clinical needs.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for all manufacturing scheduling-related issues.
  • Develop, compile, and report production metrics to area management on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Be able to analyze data and evaluate capacity limitations so that the Production Schedule can be optimized.
  • Drive projects for the implementation of improved scheduling tools and workflows to successful completion.


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment (preferably in a Cell Therapy, Pharmaceutical or BioPharmaceutical discipline).  Experience with operations scheduling is preferred.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) . Knowledge and experience with SharePoint is preferred.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills required.
  • Must have strong initiative, attention to detail,  problem solving and follow through.
  • Must have strong customer service skills and excellent communication skills to effectively work with all levels of staff, both internally and externally.
  • Willingness to learn additional departmental computer and software technologies.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects and communicate status of projects to key decision makers on a proactive basis.
  • Familiarity with requirements of GMP clinical production environments preferred.


Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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