Russell Taylor Group is delighted to be working with an award-winning UK based CRO, which has been providing expert synthetic chemistry support for 20 years. The client has an exciting opportunity to join their team as a Group Leader (Process Research & Development, PR&D). The role is responsible for supporting the Director of Process Research & Development to establish the company as an industry leader in the provision of PR&D services.
The Group Leader will also lead a sub-group of employees, taking responsibility for the day-to-day progress of their individual research projects as well as problem solving production issues as they arise.
Duties and responsibilities:
- To lead a sub-group of staff, taking responsibility for the day-to-day progress of their individual research projects as assigned from time to time by his/her Line Manager (or Head of Operations, or Company Directors). Note: The group of staff will be assigned to you by your line manager(s) and may change from time-to-time.
- To design synthetic routes for the team to carry out the preparation, purification and analysis of a range of chemical compounds as part of chemical development programs.
- To plan and design processes to be implemented at large scale (10 and 20 L initially) giving due consideration to reaction efficiency, in-process monitoring and process safety.
- To problem solve and present solutions to line management.
- To regularly update his/her Line Manager (or Director of Operations, or Company Directors as requested), on the progress of the range of projects under his/her direction.
- To ensure your research group keep their laboratory notebooks in a neat and tidy fashion as directed by line management.
- To ensure your research group record and store key data in the online data store as directed by line management.
- To familiarize himself/herself with appropriate computer-based software and search tools to allow and facilitate literature searching and report writing as required.
- To contribute to, and as required, to lead discussions with clients and potential clients
- To attend seminars or conferences on behalf of the company, acting in an ambassadorial role, and on occasion to deliver presentations on behalf of the company as directed by his/her Line Manager (or Director of Operations, or Company Directors).
- To travel to, or work temporarily at, other facilities in the UK from time to time as requested.
- To contribute to the appraisal, training and skills development of staff, as directed by from time to time by his/her Line Manager or Director of Operations, or Company Directors.
- To deputise for his/her line manager as directed by from time to time by his/her Line Manager or Director of Operations, or Company Directors.
- To take a proactive approach to one's professional development.
- To attend to any other incidental and general duties as specified from time to time by his/her Line Managers.
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:
- BSc/Masters degree in Chemistry or a related discipline
- Previous experience of working within the pharmaceutical, biotech, fine chemical or contract research industries with an emphasis on Chemical Development and Process Research
- Significant experience of undertaking research and development projects in industry
- Previous experience of training or mentoring other staff
- Previous experience of leading a research team
- Experience of using chemical structure and reaction search tools
- Experience of writing and presenting research reports
PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline
- Generation of publishable outputs (e.g. research publications and patents), especially within an industrial environment
- Working knowledge of the supporting disciplines required for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient development, for example, solid-form studies, the regulatory frameworks within API manufacture, requirements for the delivery of pre-clinical materials.
Skills, Abilities and Competencies:
- Ability to work independently and accurately with minimum supervision
- An ability to use ones experience to pre-empt potential issues during a complex synthetic route
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- To be able to present solutions to line management
- Excellent time management and personal organisational skills
- Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal communication
- To be an excellent completer/finisher - be proactive in seeing tasks through to a successful completion
- Excellent inter-personal skills, to be able to relate to individuals at all levels
- An ability and willingness to mentor and train colleagues
- The ability to plan ahead and to adapt to changing circumstances
- Flexibility and a willingness to put in extra hours when required