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Associate Director (Medicinal Chemistry)

Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 5RB   •  Dependent on experience  •  Permanent, Full time

Sponsorship available!

Charnwood Campus. Loughborough

For the Discovery!

We are Charnwood Molecular (CML) a leading Contract Research Organisation (CRO), providing medicinal and synthetic chemistry services to the global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries.

As part of our ongoing expansion, we are looking for an Associate Director (Medicinal Chemistry) to support the business at the client interface in the delivery of scientific expertise and strategic direction to our client’s projects.

This is a managerial role that is fundamentally designed to ensure cross-functional strategic alignment and effective resource allocation from the chemistry department in support of the delivery of integrated drug discovery projects.

If you are a skilled scientific leader looking to take the next step in your career, this role will take you out of your comfort zone and provide you with an exciting platform for personal growth and development. Come and join us at Charnwood Molecular.

Candidate specification:

What you’ll do:

  • Use your project-proven knowledge and understanding of modern drug discovery design principles to provide strategic input and technical direction to our project teams
  • Work with colleagues and collaborators across different business units to develop a shared strategic vision to support the data-driven delivery of high quality scientific solutions to complex technical challenges
  • Represent the company in a commercial capacity, routinely interacting with existing and prospective clients, as well as preparing detailed scientific proposals to secure new business
  • Work with junior staff to support their development and growth within the organisation, as well as championing our culture of inclusion and continuous professional development
  • Identify new technologies and capabilities that could add value to the way in which we work, as well as enhancing the efficiency with which we can deliver projects

Our Values

Our continued success is built upon a number of guiding values and principles that we hold at the very core of our business. These beliefs are central to our culture and have enabled us to develop and sustain a reputation as a leading provider of services to the global scientific community. We strive to place these values at the heart of everything that we do as a company

  • Empowering curiosity leads to discovery
  • Build relationships with transparent communication
  • Be open, honest, true and respectful with others
  • Always proceed in a data-driven manner

What you’ll need:

  • PhD in Organic Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry with a proven ability to provide insightful contributions in both areas
  • Extensive experience of leading medicinal chemistry project teams in the delivery of small molecule therapeutic agents (gained within a pharmaceutical company, research institute or CRO, with >10 years of industrial experience)
  • An understanding of computational chemistry, disease biology, biological/biophysical screening methods and DMPK, and the importance of the effective interaction and application of these different disciplines to the successful development of drugs
  • Experience of working collaboratively with cross-functional teams in bioscience, DMPK and Computational Chemistry to develop and implement effective strategies to support our client’s drug discovery programmes
  • Significant scientific management experience, with a proven ability in the mentorship and development of direct reports, setting high scientific standards
  • Ability to contribute strongly to the refinement and evolution of strategies for chemistry-based drug discovery, and to communicate and implement those strategies

If you don’t feel you fit this role 100% we would still like to hear from you! Tell us what you are interested in what you would bring to Charnwood – you might have a skill we didn’t realize we needed!

What you’ll get in return:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Additional benefits include: Pension scheme, performance related bonus Healthcare Insurance and counselling services, annual leave, life assurance and critical illness plus fantastic discounts across Travel, Food & Drink and so much more.
  • We invest heavily in the professional development of our employees and if career progression is important to you opportunities are available.
  • We appreciate people have lives and are open to discussing the right work/life balance on the needs of the individual.
  • Wellbeing initiatives like cycle to work schemes and mental health first aiders

Our DNA:

“What makes CM unique is our unrivalled, unwavering passion for the truly ground-breaking science we facilitate and the trusting relationships we build.”

Prof. Steve Allin, Founder and CEO.

How we recruit:

At CM we are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the customers and communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive and flexible workplace where all our colleagues can be themselves and succeed on merit.

  • Employer: Charnwood Molecular
  • Updated: 22nd April 2022
  • Expires: 20th May 2022

Charnwood Molecular

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