Director, Molecular & Materials Characterization
- Iselin, NJ
The Molecular & Materials Characterization (MMC) department within Analytical Research & Development is seeking a highly motivated leader with a passion for people development who is interested in positively impacting our Company's small molecule pipeline from discovery to launch. This position is for the Director of the Small Molecule MMC team at our Rahway, NJ site.
The core responsibility of the successful candidate will be to provide strategic and technical leadership for all physicochemical characterization of pharmaceutical materials, including small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), process, and in some cases drug-product intermediates for all of our new Company products. The Director will also sponsor the implementation of new technologies and platforms to benefit partners across Discovery Chemistry, Process Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Preclinical Development.
The Director reports to the Executive Director, Molecular & Materials Characterization and will be directly responsible for a team of approximately 10-15 of our company's scientists. This team is accountable for delivering materials characterization methodologies and phase screening platforms to ensure successful advancement of molecules from discovery through development and commercial launch. While most materials will be small molecules, there is a need to advance capabilities and drive innovative approaches for physical characterization and crystallization of complex molecules such as synthetic peptides, oligonucleotides and small proteins.
The incumbent will be responsible for the recruiting and development of talent under her/his supervision. The Director will need to be a passionate people manager who is committed to talent development of her/his team to capitalize on the unique capabilities and strong scientists in the group . The role will also be responsible for proactive resource 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, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and compliance mindset, and collaboration with various partners and stakeholders across the Company's network.
The successful candidate must be highly self-motivated, demonstrate strong leadership, possess strong mentorship skills, have excellent written and oral communication abilities, collaborate effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and be able to demonstrate flexibility in adapting to change in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. The ideal candidate will have strong technical expertise in physical chemistry and materials characterization as well as experience managing scientists. Experience in late stage development, including development, validation and/or transfer of methods for API and intermediates in support of drug substance manufacture and authoring of relevant sections of regulatory filings, is preferred.
Education Minimum Requirements:
- PhD in Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, Pharmaceutics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or a related field with 8+ years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry; MS with 10+ years of relevant experience; BS with 14+ years of relevant experience.
Required Experience and Skills:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated creativity and innovative problem solving, strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
- Demonstrated ability in leading cross-functional teams and influencing team strategy and decision-making.
- Proven talent development skillsets.
- Experience in physicochemical characterization, crystallization, form selection and/or solid-state characterization of organic small molecules.
Preferred Experience and Skills:
- Encourages innovative thinking/risk taking and eliminates obstacles to implement change.
- Experience in late stage development, including API attributes definition, solid-state methods development, validation and/or transfer in support of drug substance manufacture, and authoring of relevant sections of regulatory filings.
We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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., Kenilworth, 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.
We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world's biggest investors in Research & Development.
What we look for ...
In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.
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