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Bristol Myers Squibb

Senior Principal Scientist, Development Chemistry

Science and Research



Summit, New Jersey, United States

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

Chemical Process Development (CPD) is a world-leading chemical development organization, located within GPS-Product Development, working to rapidly bring these innovative medicines to patients. The Development Chemistry function of CPD is currently seeking an experienced, innovative, impactful, entrepreneurial and highly talented individual to join our team. Our organization is focused on developing novel enabling science, exceptional chemical processes and disruptive innovation in the pursuit of safe, efficient, sustainable and industry leading manufacturing routes to BMS assets. Cross-functional collaboration and a mind-set of innovation and growth is critical, with engagement in the external academic environment being strongly encouraged. Our department offers an excellent opportunity to those who want to learn and grow their career while continuing to develop our shared culture of excellence.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in organic chemistry, or a related field, with approximately 7 or more years of additional industrial or academic experience. A demonstrated ability to propose and lead scientific projects. The individual should have a desire to be an active member of a world-leading scientific organization, be willing to participate in our highly collaborative research enterprise, and have a strong desire to contribute to, and continuously improve, our culture of innovation, team development and safety. A track record of acting with speed, accountability, agility and integrity is critical, along with a mind-set of continuous learning and personal growth. We are seeking individuals who can think differently and bring diverse ideas and perspectives to our organization, thus, while a back-ground in process chemistry is advantageous, it is not essential. Within this environment, you will have the opportunity to pursue your passion for chemistry while developing new skills and knowledge, in collaboration with highly talented and creative colleagues.

Located either at our New Brunswick, or Summit, facilities in NJ, the exceptional organic chemist joining our Chemical and Synthetic Development organization will:

  • Lead CPD chemistry teams to deliver disruptive science, novel chemical routes, innovative manufacturing processes and critical scientific knowledge to support the development and commercialization of our innovative portfolio.
  • Work across assets within the BMS portfolio to develop science to support our small molecule and synthetic assets.
  • Be independent, entrepreneurial and able to propose novel and creative ideas to solve complex chemical problems through the application of first principals understanding.
  • Manage a team of highly skilled organic chemists.
  • Contribute to the development of our culture of innovation.
  • Participate in, propose and run departmental initiatives aimed at improving our work-practices.
  • Interface across CPD functional areas (analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, engineering, technologies and drug substance supply) to execute on our integrated vision.
  • Partner with the leadership of the chemistry organization to grow, develop and train the members of the CPD community through leadership, exceptional management, coaching and mentoring.
  • Develop and grow our external presence.


  • A Ph.D. in organic chemistry with and minimum of 7 years of appropriatethe experience in the pharmaceutical industry,
  • Demonstrated abilitywith experience in solving to solve challenging chemistry scientific problems to that enable the design and implementation of safe, efficient and robust chemical processes for the synthesis of clinical drug candidates
  • Demonstrated experience partnering with external organizations, driving performance of partnerships and delivering against project timelines
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, both written and oral, in a cross-functional team setting.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects simultaneously and complete deliverables within established timelines.

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or if you are applying to a role based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and you believe that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, during or any part of the recruitment process, please direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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