Shipping Specialist is an award-winning spinout from the University of Cambridge. Our breakthrough technology combines synthetic and stem cell biology for the precise, efficient and consistent reprogramming of human cells used in research, drug discovery, and cell therapy. At, we are passionate about engineering human cells that will enable the medicine of the future. To do this we need talented and curious people who want to make an impact on the future of science and therapeutics.

As a team of individuals, we value science, collaboration, openness, curiosity and creativity. We are united by trust and respect for each other.

Location: Babraham Research Park, Cambridge
Type: Full time, permanent
Start: Immediate
Salary: Competitive / Hours: 40 p/w
Office/Lab Based Position

Cambridge Biotech of the Year 2022

Your role in our team:

Reporting to Director Manufacturing, the Shipping Specialist will work cross-functionally to facilitate the smooth process for shipments, primarily to the US, and support revenue generation, maintain supply chain integrity, product viability and ensure timely and compliant clearance of products.

Your key responsibilities will include:
Ensuring timely and compliant clearance of products to US facilities/customer locations.
Interpreting and implementing government import regulations & advising on long-term strategies for export to the US.
Managing the end-to-end shipment processes for identified cell product shipments to ensure they are completed in line with customers’ requirements.
Designing cost effective solutions, liaising with third party offices and suppliers.
Be responsible for classifying imported goods with HTS codes and Partner Government Agency (PGA) data (including FDA, USDA, EPA).
Validate accuracy of commercial invoices to comply with US Customs requirements (including but not limited to, importer of record, country of origin, valuation, currency and Incoterms).
Provide timely clearance instructions on the release of shipments by government agencies.
Provide instructions to internal stakeholders including the commercial teams and external customers regarding the import process to ensure communication and accurate shipping is maintained.
Identify and deal with issues as they arise, proactively implement corrective measures and escalate appropriately to ensure product viability.
This role will have the opportunity to advise strategically on the longer term growth of our export capabilities into the US and other international markets.

Have a minimum Bachelor degree in a relevant subject/related field of study (or equivalent experience).
Have demonstrable experience in a shipping and/or customs role within the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry.
Are agile and customer focused (internal and external stakeholders).
Have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to tight deadlines.
Have excellent communication & numeracy skills (both written and verbal).
Have exceptional organisational skills and acute attention to detail.
Have a track record of showing initiative and problem-solving skills.

With essential experience in…
Significant experience of exporting products (ideally cells or other temperature controlled regulated products or biologics).
Experience in shipping primarily to the US, with additional experience in other international markets.
Knowledge of international shipping regulations, customs procedures and documentation requirements.
Knowledge and experience of using an ERP system, preferably NetSuite.
Identifying and implementing processes to maintain supply chain integrity, product viability and reduce the number of failed or delayed shipments.
Proven experience of introducing process and continuous improvement strategies to evaluate and evolve shipping processes to fulfil customer needs and enhance capabilities.

…and possibly…
IATA Dangerous Goods Certification OR willingness to get certified.
Experience of working with stem cells.

More reasons to join us: provides a vibrant and dynamic work environment in an exciting, fast-moving time for biology. We work with cutting edge technologies and with our world-leading scientific advisory board. We conduct pioneering work with real-world impact.

We trust our people to make significant contributions early on with opportunities to be involved in projects that are key to the success and growth of our young company. We invest in people, creating opportunities for personal development in an inclusive multi-skilled team with ambitious goals that provide opportunities to learn on the job from each other.

Creativity and open minds are encouraged for everyone to contribute to the success of the company.

Application Instructions: 

To apply for this position, please follow this link to our website:

Application Closing Date: 
12 April 2024