Director, Analytical Sciences - Pharmaceutical Sciences

Rahway, NJ, US
April 16 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: PRE000648

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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.  The primary objective of Analytical Sciences (AS) within Pharmaceutical Sciences (PS) is to develop characterization methods to enable the chemical and physical understanding of preclinical, early clinical, and robust final market formulations and their processes.  

The Director is responsible for leading a team in Rahway and West Point to enable the goals of the organization in R&D activities both non-GxP and GxP (Good Manufacturing Practice/Good Laboratory Practice). The Director is responsible for accelerating the progression of innovative method development through all phases listed above leveraging modern and innovative analytical chemistry techniques to both inform the molecular basis for formulation design as well as compliantly progress programs of interest through the clinic following cGMP procedures.

Nature and Scope of Position:
The Director reports to the Executive Director of Analytical Sciences and will lead staff who work within multidisciplinary Pharmaceutical Science teams.  The Director selects, trains, mentors and carries out performance management of their staff under direction within the framework of Company policy.

The Director drives scientific excellence and must excel in leading the conduct of scientific research.  This should be evident via a publication track record.  The Director will drive current Quality & cGMP practice to further maintain and improve a world-class Analytical Sciences department.  The Director will create, influence, and support the direction of Pharmaceutical Sciences research initiatives through the mentioned collaborations.

The Director will work in collaboration with other Pharmaceutical Science development functions in order to translate research to clinical formulation development and ultimately, final formulations.

Further the Director will be responsible for identifying work appropriate for contract research organizations / service providers and ensures that appropriate quality and time attributes are achieved.

The Director will effectively team with the Analytical Sciences leadership, and extended leadership team in order to identify and advance key departmental strategic and cultural initiatives. 

The Director will Identify, recruit, onboard and develop employees to their full potential.  Further they will contribute and establish a viable succession plan for key positions within the functional area (scientific and management pathways), including their own role.

Directs the preparation of and approves disclosures prepared within his/her department to be used as the basis for patent applications.

Plans, prepares and submits technical programs for budgetary approval annually.


 Required Experience and Skills**:  
  • BS/MS in chemistry or related pharmaceutical science with 10+ years drug product or drug substance development experience
  • Ph.D. in chemistry or related pharmaceutical science with 5 + years drug product or drug substance development experience
  • Demonstrated ability in leading a research team as evidenced with external publlication
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop staff professionaly and technically
  • Strength in delivering results on firm deadlines in support of development programs
  • GMP expertise
  •  Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Ph.D. in chemistry or related pharmaceutical science with 5 + years drug product or drug substance development experience
    Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 
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    Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
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    Company Trade Name: Merck

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