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Senior Director, Drug Product Development

Job Introduction

Senior Director - Drug Product Development 

Instilling a culture of on-time, on-budget success! Pharmaron seeks a visionary Senior Director, Drug Product Development to lead our business and propel it to new heights.  This strategic role oversees departmental finances, team performance, and the creation of growth plans aligned with Pharmaron's ambitious goals.  If you're a leader who thrives in fast-paced environments and enjoys building a winning team, this is your chance to make a real impact.

At Pharmaron, we offer:
  • Vibrant and dynamic employment – we are a highly specialised, growth company operating in a critical sector of the economy – our future is strong and exciting 
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and yourself – our rapid growth brings greater opportunities for you to learn and grow faster!
  • A great team where we all support each other – enjoy your work – after all you spend about a third of your time here!
Key roles and responsibilities:
  • Provide scientific and organisational leadership of the Pharmaceutics functions, comprising Pre-formulation, Formulation Development, Scientific Project Leads, GMP Manufacturing and technical support teams, within Product Development. 
  • Drive talent acquisition and talent development processes to ensure high calibre staff are recruited, trained and developed in their roles within Pharmaceutics functions. Leverage the performance review system to elevate performance and engagement such that collectively and individually, potential is fully realised.
  • Deliver Client projects to client timeline and budget expectations.  Plan and prioritise team workload to ensure all milestones are delivered on time, right the first time and to client satisfaction.
  • Collaborate with Project Management and other stakeholder functions to align priorities and project timelines. Communicate progress regularly and effectively, addressing any queries and managing any escalations. 
  • Manage Department resources and budget to Pharmaron financial expectations and performance targets. Report performance to KPIs to Senior Management as required. Identify and drive initiatives that improve performance improvement in KPIs.   
  • Support business development by contributing to Client due diligence and quotation development processes. Provide scientific input to ensure proposed technical scopes of work meet client expectations for delivery and enhance Pharmaron’s reputation for scientific excellence.   
  • Host client visits and participate in quality audits as required. 
  • Build Product Development technical capability and expertise through timely delivery of Capex investment initiatives, justification of investments in new relevant technologies and through proactive development of scientific resources within Product Development.  Keep current on new technologies, identifying opportunities that will drive Pharmaron’s growth.
  • A degree in relevant scientific discipline and a higher degree PhD in Pharmaceutical Science or relevant scientific discipline.
  • Evidence of strong academic / industrial experience and achievement with at least 10 years in applicable role
  • Evidence of successful application of technical skill sets to resolve high complexity formulation challenges
  • Business Partnerships and Relationship Development by expert application of drug product design and development
  • Evidence of ability to effectively lead staff
  • Drug product development knowledge
  • Sound knowledge of regulatory and CGMP requirements
  • Highly commercially orientated, able to demonstrate how delivery excellence can create competitive advantage to deliver and sustain business growth
  • Strong process orientation and ability to drive continuous improvement
  • Cross functional project management
  • Good scientific judgement
Our Company: “We are a dynamic, fast-growing company, with an enviable reputation for leading edge science, offering contract research services to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, solving what were believed to be unsolvable scientific challenges”.
We believe in our ability to relentlessly push forward the boundaries of scientific excellence, delivering solutions for our clients, always operating ethically and with integrity. We take pride in our professionalism and commitment to always deliver our very best work.

Our Hoddesdon campus, located in the heart of Hertfordshire is a hub of excellence, where we have over 5,000m2 of world-class R&D space and teams of seasoned professionals in Process Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Drug Discovery, as well as a new Drug Product Development department. Our Hoddesdon site also has cutting-edge Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facilities for the manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and drug product to support clinical trials. At our Hoddesdon campus, we offer our employees a nurturing and cooperative work environment, where they can flourish and unleash their true potential. Come and join us at Hoddesdon, where science and innovation come alive!
  • We offer a competitive salary and a progressive and comprehensive suite of employee benefits
  • We offer state of the art working environment in our modern Hoddesdon site
  • We offer the opportunity for growth and development and will support funding for relevant training and development programmes
Why Should You Apply?
  • This is an opportunity for you as a successful Director or Senior Director to demonstrate your ability to make a real impact in a fast-growing and highly respected CRO striving to become the world leader in contract research services
  • Build and shape your career in an environment that sets and commits to the highest standards of scientific research
  • To be part of a team who support each other, embrace and solve technical challenges and put excellence at the heart of all that we do
Founded in 2004, Pharmaron is a cutting-edge, fully integrated pharmaceutical R&D service platform supporting the life science industry. The company has invested in its people and facilities and established its comprehensive service offerings throughout the pharmaceutical R&D lifecycle. With operations in China, the US and the UK staffed by more than 19,000 employees, Pharmaron has an excellent track record in delivering end-to-end R&D solutions to its partners globally and enabling them to accelerate their novel drug discovery and development process. 



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