Director, R&D
Job # 1727
CordenPharma Colorado

Provides strategic leadership and management for the R&D department. Responsibilities include setting and achieving objectives consistent with site strategy, developing and monitoring plans to meet objectives, building employee capabilities consistent with site needs, and continuous improvement.
Provide R&D leadership to drive high performing R&D teams, effective cross-collaboration with other departments, and inspire confidence in site’s technical capabilities.
Ensures that standard work and tactical plans for R&D activities are developed and results are achieved consistent with customer expectations and site objectives.  The R&D department is responsible for technical support of plant operations that include troubleshooting beyond operations capabilities and substantial process improvements.   
Drive best practices across the worldwide Corden R&D network through active participation in across site R&D strategy and plan
Member of the organization’s Leadership Team responsible for sustainable profitable growth.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for R&D’s project portfolio.  Ensures R&D meets customer expectations on budget and on time for the technical aspect of the projects including route evaluation, process development, analytical development, and process characterization.
  • Responsible for process chemistry and analytical chemistry.
  • Responsible for technical evaluation of new projects including identification of risks, innovation opportunities, capabilities needed, cost analysis, and pricing strategy.  Provide written and verbal communication to customers to ensure confidence in ability to deliver on projects.
  • Ensure R&D capabilities align with strategic goals and provide competitive advantage.  Ensure the proper technical resources and skills are in place and appropriately applied to meet and exceed R&D goals. Provides access to external technical sources and contacts as needed to assure leading state of science and technology at site.
  • Identify technical, business, and interpersonal skill development needs of the members of the management team and recommend appropriate training, either formal or on the job, and ensure training is effective.
  • Appraise the performance, rewards, and disciplines members of the department.  Is the principal decision maker in recruiting, hiring and in making salary recommendations for the members of the department.
  • Guide and review strategic technical work of group members as necessary to ensure a high quality work product on technical and quality issues.
  • Participates in developing the Corden Pharma brand.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with GMP, regulatory, safety, and environmental regulations and laws for local, State and Federal.

Provides direct leadership to functional managers and their direct reports.  Carries out leadership responsibilities in accordance with the policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Responsible for developing the budgets for the R&D department and ensuring expenses are within the budgets.
Contributes to the direction and oversight of the operational aspects of the organization by serving on the site Leadership Team.
Every individual is personally responsible for the safety and environmental aspects of his or her activities in the workplace.  Each employee is expected to perform their job duties in a safe manner utilizing all of their knowledge, training, ability and experience.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Doctoral degree (Ph. D.) or equivalent in chemistry, engineering or related field with at least 15 years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, scientific and public groups, as well as to boards of directors.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.  Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
Ability to define problems, collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with multiple abstract and concrete variables.
Must be able to travel both domestically and internationally.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and work with hands.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level is typical of an office environment.
These are the specific areas of knowledge, skill and ability that are important for successful job performance. They must be job related and consistent with business necessity.

  • Understanding of the basic science and engineering associated with the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.
  • Demonstrated expertise in chemical development and operations management.
  • Project management skills- planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling.
  • Analytical problem solving skills.
  • Working knowledge of regulatory issues in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Leadership and negotiation skills.
  • bility to build relationships, influence, and motivate others.
  • Coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Experience with international environments

This is an exempt position. Salary based upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and level of experience.
Please refer to: Job #1727 – Director, R&D
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