Jobs in life sciences

Development lead & decision-maker

Ref. Ref. 189
Function: You are accountable for R&D decision-making within the assigned program in molecular diagnostics and IVD projects.
Location: Mechelen

The company:

The company is an innovative commercial stage molecular diagnostics(MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers and industry. The Company’s proprietary platform is a fully automated, real time system which offers accurate, highly-reliable molecular information from any biological sample in virtually any setting. It addresses the growing demand for personalized medicine by allowing fast and effective treatment selection and treatment progress monitoring.

The company is developing and marketing a rapidly expanding test menu addressing key unmet clinical needs in oncology and infectious diseases. These areas represent respectively the fastest and largest growing segments of the US$5 billion MDx market which is expected to grow to approximately US$8 billion in 2018.

Job description:

For the company, it is important to have people who bring development expertise and decision-making to the development life cycle. On the other hand, it is key to represent the business area. The development lead takes up this role.

As a member of the lifecycle core team, you work closely together with the life cycle lead and other core team members for the successful delivery of the programs/projects against agreed and approved deliverables.The key mission is to safeguard project and program execution. The question is, how?

  • You are accountable for R&D decision-making (Design, Industrialization, Bio-IT, LabOps, Product and Software Engineering). This will include keeping an eye on the scope of the business area and making sure all functional aspects are covered. 
  • You ensure that development processes are adhered within the project/program. You make sure the strategic processes are with respect to the business needs.
  • To do this, you will be the primary point of contact for many stakeholders in this department. You are the gateway of information within the life cycle.
  • In consultation with the head of development, you align individual objectives with the objectives of the business area, life cycle or project.
  • Escalate and address development issues with regard to the project and products in portfolio.
  • Endorsement of resource allocation to the life cycle, in consultation with the functional head, managers and peers. This includes three main apsects: 
    • You will have financial & operational accountability for objectives of the life cycle with regard to the development functional area, delivering on set KPIs.
    • Maintain the overview of development supply & demand requirements for the short, medium and long term and translates these into input for functional             strategies.
    • Ensure optimized and balanced functional availability of resources versus demand within and across projects.
  • You work closely together with the Program Lead and R&D Managers but are also interfacing with other functional leads, legal, financial and sales oriented people in the organization.
  • You like to be in a helicopter seat, overlooking the actual and future challenges within the development chain, designing new scenario’s along the process. You are pragmatical in finding solutions for the unexpected.

  • You have empathy for the business side of the story, the customers but also the internal vision, specifically from the R&D department.

  • You have a good communication style and you are interested in interacting with the pharma partners of the company, delivering on the companion diagnostic biomarkers of the future. You have a peer colleague in the US, and together you have the global scope in view. The world is there for you to grasp, the impact on oncology therapies will be immense, your approach to the pharma-market matters.

  • You report to the Head of Development who reports to the CEO.

Requested competences and skills:

You have a strong scientific background in medical devices or pharma- market, experience  in the in vitro diagnostics assay industry is a strong asset. Above all, you are a born program manager.


PhD in Science- or Technology- related study domains is required or similar through experience.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience in medical device or diagnostics industry is preferred. 
  • In-depth experience in the respective functional domain in order to be able to represent the function  
  • Experience with product development
  • Experience with project management and resource planning is required
  • Experience in a similar role is preferred

Technical competencies

  • Deep understanding and knowledge of the clinical and technical aspects of product development, customer needs, market trends and competitive environment. 
  • You can leverage your expertise to solid product ownership, dealing with highly requested resources (human and capital) in the company
  • Strong business acumen and customer focus. Thorough understanding of diverse business processes and strategy development. 
  • Methodical and process minded. Execution, results and improvement oriented.
  • Experience managing teams. Conflict resolution skills.
  • Open minded. Thrives in a changing and innovative environment.
  • Very strong team-focused approach. Proven ability to demonstrate professional responsibilities by cooperating with others to achieving departmental and company goals and objectives.  
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and willingness to collaborate cross-functionally in a fast paced and dynamic environment. Good negotiation skills.
  • Resilient and able to work under pressure.
  • Applied knowledge of MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook).
  • Knowledge of Project Management Tool (eg Smartsheet, MS Project).
  • Knowledge of applicable regulations, most notably ISO 13485 and 21CFR820.
  • Perfect English (written and spoken), any other European language is considered an asset.