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R&D Manager, Drug Delivery

Merck KGaA
California, Kentucky, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

US employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to your start date unless an accommodation is granted by The Company. The Company uses the definition of "fully vaccinated" assigned by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for purposes of considering satisfaction of this requirement which is a condition of employment.

Your Role:

We are seeking a R&D Manager, Drug Delivery to lead our Drug Delivery formulation team within MilliporeSigma's Life Science Chemistry business area. As an integral part of our innovation leadership team, you will initiate and lead the collaboration with our partners in Business Development, Marketing, Sales, and Production; ideate the development of new technology platforms and new product concepts; pioneer in innovation solutions development through chemistry, biology, formulations, and engineering; and deliver quality, reproducible and sustainable production methods and procedures. You must be capable of influencing and shaping our innovation strategy, setting up laboratory operations in an effective, safe and quality manner, as well as guide and develop a vibrant innovation team to deliver differentiated innovation value.

Additional responsibilities include:
  • Handles day-to-day resource management and allocation of work among team.
  • Lead the engagement with internal innovation team and partners in building consensus to formulate project concepts, especially in enabling platform technologies.
  • Foster relationships with academic, industrial thought leaders, and internal partners.
  • Champion the effort of chartering, commissioning, and delivering well-defined, measurable and accountable innovation programs and projects.
  • Lead the development of technical solutions and troubleshoot technical challenges.
  • Proactively support product launch and post-launch follow up.
  • Create appropriate validation and qualification documentation for new processes and prototypes, and facilitate development of SOPs within the ISO 9001 framework.
  • Lead the creation of workable and sustainable production methods.
  • Transfer production responsibilities to designated Production groups.
  • Motivate and assist with employees' development, training, and career goals.
  • Evaluate employee performance and provide timely feedback.

Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph. D. in chemistry, biology, materials science, or related field.
  • 5+ years industry/post doc research and technology development experience.
  • 3+ years of experience in leading and managing teams within the Life Science industry.
  • Deep understanding of principles and techniques used in drug delivery and nano formulations.
  • Hands-on ability to prototype, troubleshoot, and process problems.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Self-motivated and results oriented.
  • Ability to manage and empower people.
  • Demonstrated verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work cross-functionally and problem solve.
  • Able to use effective leadership techniques to ensure efficiency and effectiveness among internal and external customers.
  • Strong networking and intelligence gathering skills.

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

Our Benefits -

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If you are a resident of a Connecticut or Colorado, you are eligible to receive additional information about the compensation and benefits, which we will provide upon request. You may contact 855 444 5678 from 8:00am to 5:30pm ET Monday through Friday, for assistance.

The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.
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