Director, Biologics Analytical Research and Development
Attention NJ Applicants: In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, the NJ work location for this role will be temporarily based and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.
Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.
Our team in Kenilworth, New Jersey, is seeking an exceptional leader who is passionate about leading a team of Scientists to deliver analytical solutions that enable and accelerate process and product development and manufacturing and ensure safety and quality of our products. The successful candidate will be accountable for proactive resourcing planning, risk assessment strategies and will focus on talent development and partnering to build an integrated culture of innovation across modalities and will partner with cross-functional development teams to enable pipeline decisions.
The Director, Biologics Analytical Research and Development (B-AR&D) is responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership for analytical development of candidates from the discovery interface, through first product registration. The Director will be directly responsible for a team of approximately 15-20 scientists and a portfolio of approximately 3-7 programs at various stages of development. Strategic partnering with Biologics Analytical Research and Development method development GMP laboratories, complementary areas of Analytical Research and Development, Biologics Process Research and Development, CMC and Regulatory in aspects of control strategy and filings, Quality and our partners in the commercialization and manufacturing is essential.
The successful candidate must function well and be able to collaborate in a fast-paced, integrated, multidisciplinary team environment. Research and industry experience should demonstrate successful application and management of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to solve problems, including strong background and experience in separations science, extensive experience with UPLC/HPLC analysis of biologics (e.g. SEC, RP, IEX). Experience in microbiological techniques, ELISA, PCR, cell based analytics, background in analytical methodologies and sound scientific understanding of Critical Quality Attributes/QbD/DOE principles as well as data analysis and statistics for setting specifications. The incumbent will be responsible for the recruiting, appraisal and development of personnel under her/his supervision. The Director selects, trains, and effectively works with colleagues to action development plans of personnel under her/his direction within the framework of Company policy. The role will also be responsible for proactive resourcing planning, risk assessment strategies and budget management as necessary (including merit and promotion planning). Maintaining a strong network internally and across the external academic and regulatory community is expected, as well as advancing a culture of scientific excellence, compliance mindset and collaboration with various partners and stakeholders in development.
Minimum required education:
Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or related field with 5+ years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry; MS with 8+ years of relevant experience; BS with 15+ years of relevant experience.
Required experience and skills:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated creativity, strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
Demonstrated ability in leading cross-functional groups with proven talent development skillsets.
Ability to work in a team environment with cross-functional interactions is essential
Strength in delivering results on firm deadlines in support of compound from development through Commercialization
A strong aptitude for and previous experience in managing inclusive scientific teams and attracting, developing, and retaining diverse talent.
Extensive knowledge of and hands-on work in applying regulatory guidance and quality standards related to product release and safety.
We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.
Who we are …
We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.
What we look for …
Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.
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