Senior Director R&D

Posted 21 Sep 2018

St. Louis, Missouri - United States

Req Id 179547


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

The Senior Director of Upstream R&D is responsible for directing, reviewing, and controlling the status of R&D projects and budgets, managing schedules, preparing status reports and leading teams in achieving the BioProcessing organization’s scientific strategy. This position is a critical part of the R&D Leadership Team and is key to our scientific thought leadership activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead a global organization dedicated to the development of technologies and products used in upstream production of biotherapeutics.
  • Ensure annual plan and goals in place. Monitor progression against plan.
  • Ensure appropriate resources available to support plans (equipment & people). Secure adequate budget and manage against the same.
  • Develop plan for future department evolution. Including initiatives, capability extensions, personnel, equipment and space.
  • Develop and train managers (work with my staff to do the same). Includes personnel assessment and dept gap analysis.
  • Ensure department plans in alignment with BU goals. Interface with peer managers and superiors to ensure good cross-functional cooperation and support on key BU initiatives.
  • Develop IP position and strategy within dept and implement. Understand IP position and implementation with internal and external groups (primarily customers). 
  • Understand competition. Develop and implement a near term response and look to evolve superior competitive position in long term. Develop and maintain key external relationships with customers, vendors and partners
  • Manage functional managers responsible for service and product development (Portfolio of reporting team)
  • Manage the Project Portfolio through the Stage Gate Project Management tool while providing leadership and direct oversight of all R&D activities.
  • Evaluate new technology and makes recommendations concerning licensing and acquisitions of new technology. Provide technical due diligence for M&A
  • Initiate and support customer collaborations and colleague interactions
  • Actively engage outside consortia and associations
  • Maintain scientific scholarship
  • Monitor advancements in the biopharmaceutical field and paradigm shifts in biosciences

Integrate R&D activities with all of BioProcessing and our various global partners: Marketing, Strategy, Segments, Marcomm, Marketing Operations, Business Development, Operations, Quality and Sales

Education/ Formal Training Required:

PhD in life sciences

In lieu of PhD, BS or MSc + verifiable product launch experience


Job and Industry Experience Required:

  • 10+ yrs Product Development in life sciences industry. 
  • 5 years significant experience managing Project Portfolios and providing analytics
  • 7+yrs overseeing R&D staff/project groups with a preferred focus on cellular biology, product development, engineering, microbiology and quality assurance.

business results.

Additional skills:

  • Fully integrate commercial team with technical in driving revenue.
  •  Customer, collaboration and colleague interaction
  • Actively engage outside scientists and customers in collaboration
  • Maintain scientific scholarship. Networking
  • Formulate strategy and policy
  • Monitor the Biopharmaceutical field, Paradigm shift in Biosciences.
  • Integrate R&D activities with all BioP: Marketing, Business Development, Quality, QC and Sales
  • New technology identification and review
  • Assist marketing in acquiring/licensing/reviewing technologies:
  • Work on Global acquisition team when needed

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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