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Associate Director, Drug Substance Development


Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients' lives by identifying, developing and commercializing meaningful products that address unmet medical needs. We are continuing to expand our commercial product portfolio and our research and development pipeline in therapeutic areas that can leverage our unique expertise.

Our therapeutic areas of focus include sleep and hematology/oncology - areas in which we have a deep understanding of the patient journey and a suite of products and product candidates to address critical needs.

We are looking for the best and brightest talent to join our team. If you're looking to be a part of a company with an unwavering commitment to improving patients' lives and being a great place to work, we hope you'll explore our career openings and get to know Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Position Profile

Reporting into the Senior Director, DS development, this role will provide scientific and technical leadership for drug substance development projects at various stages of the development life-cycle. Success requires application of scientific and/or engineering principles and creativity to process design and development studies, and translation into commercially feasible, reliable and robust processes. Experience of the critical interface attributes between drug substance and drug product will be especially relevant. Activities will be performed primarily with external contract development and manufacturing organisations (CDMOs).

Other responsibilities will include cross-functional team leadership and/or membership, authoring technical reports and CMC sections of regulatory dossiers, and participation in department or functional initiatives.

The role will involve significant cross functional collaboration with other functions including Quality, CMC Regulatory, Manufacturing, and New Product & Technology Integration working towards agile new product introduction and ensuring all processes are understood, robust, efficient and in control.

The role is both project and operations orientated. It shall require an ability to drive and deliver multiple projects concurrently.

  • Lead the process development and cGMP manufacture of small molecule drug substances at CDMOs
  • Ensure adequate supply of drug substance for clinical studies and other needs
  • Ensure that all DS processes are in line with all applicable regulations, policies, guidelines and procedures
  • Represent the drug substance team on cross functional project teams as needed
  • Work closely with other cross-functional CMC project team members to deliver on agreed project goals
  • Actively contribute to functional area continuous improvement initiatives
  • Author and/or review drug substance sections of regulatory dossiers and technical reports
  • Support other Technical Operations functions to ensure a smooth transfer of technologies and products to manufacturing sites
  • Clearly and effectively communicate ideas and results, written and verbal, to technical and non-technial audiences
  • Plan, budget, execute and report on assigned projects
  • Develop knowledge of new pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and technologies as required in line with Jazz business objectives and share best practices within teams

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong record of achievement in drug substance development and manufacturing.
  • Over ten years of experience required with a broad experience across drug development and manufacturing technologies but with specific experience related to drug substance chemical process development.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in chemical process development and new product introduction
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought in suggesting experimental design to support process development objectives
  • Experience of CMC regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical products
  • Demonstrated track record of training and coaching colleagues to improve overall team process knowledge.
  • Demonstrated track record of delivering positive results on a consistent basis.
  • Proven project management skills for technical programs
  • Experience in defending processes, procedures and investigation during FDA/EMA inspections desirable.
  • Capability of grasping complex technical issues and make sound decisions based on data and information from various sources
  • Knowledge of formulation development and/or large molecule technologies would be advantageous

Required/Preferred Education and Licenses

  • Bachelor's degree and PhD in Chemistry

Description of Physical Demands

  • Occasional mobility within office environment.
  • Routinely sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Constantly operating a computer, printer, telephone and other similar office machinery.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Associate Director, Drug Substance Development

Full Time

Published on 02/14/2020