Executive Director, Analytical Chemistry Project Teams Job

Rahway NJ
Oct 06, 2016
Nov 02, 2016
Organization Type
Executive Director, Analytical Chemistry Project Teams-CHE004998


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The Executive Director of Analytical Chemistry Project Teams is responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership for the development, validation, implementation, and technology transfer of analytical test methods to support advancement of the pre-clinical and clinical development pipeline of new Merck drug products from an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) perspective.

The Executive Director reports directly to the Associate Vice President, Analytical Research & Development and will be directly responsible for a team of multiple directors who are each responsible for teams of approximately 15-20 scientists. The team works closely with leaders and scientists within Chemistry, Pre-clinical Development, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance and Regulatory groups and provides technical insights and support for our portfolio of projects from candidate nomination to marketing authorization.

The Executive Director manages the work within his/her group and though external service providers to ensure that the goals of the project teams are met in a timely, cost-sensitive, phase-appropriate and compliant manner. He/she would be accountable for the growth/career development and performance of the Analytical Chemistry Project Teams with a demonstrated ability to collaborate, build high-performing teams, develop diverse talent and set and achieve a strategic direction for the team.

Responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:


Scientific Excellence & Innovation: Responsible for leading the overall scientific, technical and operational efforts of a department within Analytical Research & Development with delivery of analytical characterization data, methods, and process knowledge in a timely manner needed to meet project milestones and associated regulatory requirements. This includes development of novel tools to position Analytical Research & Development to deliver against future pipeline needs.


Quality and Regulatory Standards: Develops and implements quality standards and specifications for drug substance. Ensures the delivery of high quality CMC sections for IND/CTA/NDA filings. Addresses quality-related inquiries from regulatory agencies to support clinical trial and commercial marketing applications.


Compliance Systems: Sets a high compliance standard that systems and resources are in place to ensure the activities of the laboratories are conducted in compliance with cGMP/GLPs (as needed), SOPs, good documentation practices, and OSHA safety standards and in accordance with corporate requirements. Ensures overall laboratory readiness for regulatory inspections and internal audits.


Project Management and Teamwork: Responsible for quality, quantity and timelines for analytical projects and bringing analytical representation and expertise to CMC, project teams and task forces as appropriate. Facilitates teamwork and coordinates execution of plans with key stakeholders. Allocates resources and ensures tracking and follow-up as necessary. Ensures the department works as a partner with collaborators and teams.


Building Teams & Talent: Responsible for setting high standards, building and managing a high performing team. Sets department goals and performance objectives, supports talent development and proactively addresses performance issues. Identifies department needs and recruits/hires/promotes talent as appropriate to grow and progress the organization. Allocates proper resources for meeting goals and objectives.


Communications: Maintains productive communications with staff, Pharmaceutical Development colleagues, Quality Assurance, Technical Operations, and CMC Regulatory Affairs as needed to ensure understanding of needs, proper prioritization and timely delivery of product knowledge, customer-oriented data and documentation. Regularly exchanges ideas and information to develop effective plans and strategies to meet business needs.



- Required: Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry or related Pharmaceutical Science

Required Experience:

Minimum of (10) years Product Development experience

Demonstrated ability in leading an analytical team.

Incumbent must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.

Strength in delivering results on firm deadlines in support of compound discovery/development

25% Travel

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Job: Chemistry

Job Title:Executive Director, Chemistry

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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