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R&D Analytical Team Leader

Kent   •  £40000 - £47000 per annum  •  Permanent, Full time


A global diagnostics business has an opportunity for an R&D Analytical Team Leader to join its team. As the lead scientist, you will be reporting directly to the Director of R&D. You will lead a team to deliver on R&D projects through Feasibility and Development phases, preparing Analytical Development Reports and driving hand-over of Analytical Methods to QC via End User Verification. You must have proven experience in a leadership role and a have strong technical skill set in analytical techniques important for Biopharmaceuticals

The Role:

The leading scientist reporting directly to Director of R&D for the Enzymes Business, this individual will each be responsible for a team of Scientists and Technicians shaping and executing detailed work plans in the area of Analytical Development, within tightly-planned R&D projects through Feasibility and Development phases, preparing Analytical Development Reports and driving hand-over of Analytical Methods to QC via End User Verification. Largely focused on Biopharma CDMO projects but will also respond to approved Diagnostics projects as required.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a small team of Scientists and Technicians to achieve rapid and efficient project progress, delivering an exceptional quality of data and scientific support to our customers. This includes writing of time-critical reports and directly interacting with customers on a regular basis.
  • Work with Director of R&D to recruit new members to your team.
  • Develop and encourage team members and hold them accountable with yourself for project progress.
  • Interact with the overall project plan to update progress and ensure your whole team is always fully occupied on necessary activities.
  • Develop detailed workflows in the subject matter area, highlighting standard work operations and the time/resource that each should take as the basis for R&D capacity planning. Regularly report actual resource spent vs. project plan.
  • Contribute your time (target 35% overall) to direct support of project progress and dealing with primary data.
  • Contribute expertise to assessing new projects and assist in the formation of new project proposals, working closely with R&D Study Leaders.
  • Lead development of R&D's technical capabilities within the subject matter area and support the whole site in the development of these capabilities.
  • Take ownership of laboratory working practices and within the subject matter area.
  • Engage with contract customers directly and via R&D Study Leaders.
  • Support Director in building R&D competencies to deliver the site's cGMP Roadmap.

Education / Experience:

  • Educated to at least BSc level in a relevant scientific discipline with a minimum of 5 years' experience in a (bio)pharmaceutical/biotechnology role.
  • A PhD in a relevant scientific discipline would be advantageous.

Essential Skills / Pre-requisites:

  • A strong record of team leadership and development of staff.
  • A very strong base of knowledge in analytical techniques important for Biopharmaceuticals.
  • A focus on delivering on project timelines, supported by a meticulous approach to work planning.
  • Demonstrable experience of communicating complex scientific information to colleagues and third parties.
  • Experience of analytical method transfer between laboratories, particularly in efficient transfers to regulated QC groups.
  • Experience of working in a GMP or ISO13485-compliant environment.

Desirable Skills / Pre-requisites (on-the-job training may be required):

  • Oversight and/or performance of analytical method validation.
  • Proficient in application of Quality by Design and Design of Experiments.


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  • Agency: Cranleigh Scientific
  • Reference: 7184
  • Posted: 11th January 2022
  • Expires: 8th February 2022

Cranleigh Scientific

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