We are seeking a new Director Position to lead the Sandwich Engineering Team within Chemical Research and Development (CRD) in Sandwich. The successful candidate will lead a team of engineers, chemists and technicians who are responsible for the application of chemical engineering principles and the use of data rich experiments to ensure the selection of safe and scalable processing conditions in order to deliver high quality materials from our manufacturing facilities. The candidate will collaborate with our engineering leader in Groton, CT to balance workload, share expertise and ensure alignment and the use of best practices for key unit operations such as reaction kinetics, Liquid-Liquid extractions, distillations, agitation, filtration and drying within the function. They will ensure timely support of projects of the Sandwich development portfolio and partner closely with the Sandwich Process Chemistry leads.
CRD, as part of Pharmaceutical Sciences Small Molecule within Worldwide Research and Medical is responsible for the development of process technology for the production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient. CRD managers engage in all facets of development from small scale synthesis in support of medicinal chemistry programs, to the development of the commercial synthetic route. CRD managers partner with manufacturing specialists for API synthesis in kilo-lab and pilot plant facilities, as well as provide oversight for technology transfer to Pfizer manufacturing sites and third-party facilities.
The successful candidate will lead the UK Engineering Group and will grow and develop the team through recruitment, goal setting, performance management and individual development planning. They will collaborate with managers and scientists from across Pharm Sci Small Molecule and Pfizer Global Supply to evolve our engineering tools and the role of the project engineer on development teams. The team leader will partner closely with the Computational Process Design & Optimization (CPDO) leader to ensure alignment on the use and implementation of modelling tools within the group. The team leader will also be responsible for implementing Flexible API Supply Technologies (continuous) on projects and partnering with the FAST Director to develop technology transfer processes utilizing FAST technologies. They will be a strong people manager with a proven ability to drive performance and personal development of direct line reports and support our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. This role will also serve as a member of the local Sandwich Management Team and partner with leaders of process chemistry, Global External Supply , Crystallization and Process Safety to ensure the smooth operation of the UK group.
BS/MS Chemical engineer with strong relevant pharmaceutical chemical engineering experience in small molecule API or PhD Chemical Engineer /Chemist with a minimum of 10 years relevant pharmaceutical chemical engineering experience in small molecule API. Experience in the development and application of continuous platforms.
Required Technical Skills
An expert in chemical engineering principles with a proven track record of chemical engineering solutions for small molecule API. An expert in technology transfer and scaleup. Experience supervising small teams and the ability to develop and create a vision and strategy. Ability to lead in a fast paced organization and support the change curve of others. Contemporary awareness of the external environment with the ability to bring in new emerging scientific approaches to improve ways of working
Experience leading and motivating teams through times of change – excellent communication skills. Ability to influence the technical direction and future direction and workflows of the group
Ability to perform complex tasks with appropriate mental agility, including mathematical calculations and complex data analysis.
Non-standard Work Schedule, Travel or environment requirements
Will be required to occasionally travel internationally (0-10%) to support team goals.
Will be an active member of the CRD Sandwich Management Team, will interface with leaders from Sandwich process chemistry, Sandwich crystallization, Groton Engineering, Computational Product & Process Design, Flexible API Leaders and both research and Pfizer Global Supply manufacturing areas.
The position will supervise a team of chemical engineers, chemists and technicians.
This description indicates the general nature and level of work expected. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.
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