Director, Enabling Technology - Chemistry Job

Rahway NJ
Nov 12, 2016
Nov 29, 2016
Organization Type
Director, Enabling Technology - Chemistry-CHE005010


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 Director, Enabling Technology - Chemistry is responsible for managing the deployment of novel chemistry and processing technologies to ensure the design and development of robust, sustainable and efficient API manufacturing processes.

The Director reports to the Executive Director, Process Research & Development in the Merck Research Laboratories organization. This role has direct supervisory responsibility for up to 15 scientists who work closely within multidisciplinary teams comprised of analytical chemists, synthetic organic chemists and engineers. There is an established team of flow chemists in the department and the ability to set strategy and enhance the adoption of flow and continuous processing across Merck is critical. The incumbent will be responsible for the recruiting, appraisal and development of personnel under his/her supervision. The Director selects, trains, and effectively recommends transfers, merit increases, promotions, and closures of personnel under his/her direction within the framework of Company policy.

Critical tasks involve oversight of laboratory equipment design and procurement, enabling new chemical transformations and influencing route design. The team managed by the role also supports API campaigns at lab, pilot and manufacturing scale. Proactive resourcing planning, risk assessment strategies and budget management will be necessary.

The Director establishes, recommends, and maintains external contracts for Process Research & Development, including collaborations, grants, fellowships, and consultants in expressed fields of activity. Maintaining a strong external network across the academic community is expected, as well as advancing an internal culture of scientific excellence and collaboration.


Education Minimum Requirement:

- Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field is required

Required Experience and Skills:

- A minimum of 5 years experience and demonstrated ability in leading cross-functional groups.

- Track record and commitment to employee development/retention

- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.

- A track record of delivering results.

- Demonstrated ability in selection and prioritization of a portfolio of projects.

- Internationally recognized in academia and industry with a demonstrated history of publications/presentations with high impact factor

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

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Job: Chemistry

Job Title:Dir, Chemistry

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Hazardous Materials: Chemistry Lab/Development role

Company Trade Name:Merck

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