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Director, Small Molecule Analytical Research & Development



Rahway, NJ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Job Description

The primary objective of the Small Molecule Analytical Research and Development (SMAR&D) team is to carry out R&D activities partnering across the network to enable process and formulation development. In this position, the SMAR&D Director will set guidance, lead activities, and develop a team whose roles include the development of characterization methods to characterize and release clinical drug substance and product and their stability tests, raw materials/excipients, and packaging components for our research pipeline. This research opportunity is fast-paced and contributes to the Development Sciences and Clinical Supplies (DSCS) deliverable, which is the development of robust chemical and biochemical processes, market formulations, and their processes for non-sterile and sterile products. It also includes strategic partnering with CMC and Regulatory in aspects of control strategy and filings, Quality, and our partners in the commercialization and manufacturing division.

This challenging position requires a vision to develop a team, demonstrated leadership skills, critical thinking, effective technical and communication skills, an effective understanding of the regulatory environment, and a vision to influence the regulatory environment.

Nature and Scope of Position:

The Director reports to the Executive Director of SMAR&D and will lead a team in Rahway (~10-15 scientists) who work closely within multidisciplinary DSCS teams. This role has a wide responsibility for analytical method development, and testing for chemical and biochemical promcesses, parenteral, oral, and specialty dosage formulations. The director should be well engaged with regulatory and industry trends to guide future activities for Analytical R&D and DSCS. The candidate will have experience in an innovative analytical/regulatory/GMP environment.

The Director will effectively team with the SMAR&D leadership, and extended leadership teams in order to identify and advance key departmental strategic and cultural initiatives. The Director will identify, recruit, onboard and develop employees to their full potential. The candidate will contribute and establish a viable succession plan for key positions within the functional area (scientific and management pathways), including their own role. The position is responsible for disclosures prepared within the group to be used as the basis for external publications and filings. The role will also be responsible for proactive resourcing planning, risk assessment strategies and budget management as necessary.

Maintaining an effective network internally and across the external academic and regulatory community is expected, as well as advancing a culture of scientific excellence, GMP and compliance mindset and collaboration with various partners and stakeholders in development.

Essential Knowledge, Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Analytical Methodologies

  • Project management skills

  • Review and approval of data

  • Representation of the laboratory for internal and external audits

  • SOP development

  • Quality System experience

  • Team and staff development

  • Thorough working knowledge of GMPs, ICH, and relevant FDA guidelines



  • BS or MS in chemistry or related science with 10 years of industrial experience with pharmaceutical drug substance and/or product development.

  • Ph.D. in chemistry or related science with 7 years of industrial experience with pharmaceutical drug substance and/or product development.


  • Demonstrated ability in leading teams with proven talent development skillsets.

  • Excellent scientific communication skills, demonstrated creativity, effective interpersonal and collaborative skills

  • Ability to work in a team environment with cross-functional interactions is essential

  • Strength in delivering results on firm deadlines in support of drug substance and product development and commercial filing



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.


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Expected salary range:

$164,800.00 - $259,400.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here.

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Requisition ID:R296157