Jobs in life sciences

Group leader analytical sciences

Ref. 220 GLAS
Function: You act as technical expert with respect to analytical method development and GMP QC analysis.
Location: Ghent

The company:

You are working for a leading contract development organization for the pharmaceutical industry. Assisting pharmaceutical companies, from virtual biotech to big pharma, in bringing their valued molecule(s) to the clinic and market. We provide a comprehensive and integrated portfolio of drug substance and drug product development services.

The company is operating from six sites in Europe. For the branch based in Ghent, Belgium, we are looking for an expert/group leader in analytical development.

Job description:

The main functions of the role

The company guides a worldwide portfolio of customers through the processes of formulation and analytical development, preparation of regulatory dossiers and the manufacturing and labeling of early-phase clinical materials according to GMP appropriate standards.

The analytical laboratory plays a key role in the development and validation of analytical methods to characterize drugs and to perform quality control testing on incoming raw materials and on the finished clinical materials.

You act as technical expert with respect to analytical method development and GMP QC analysis:

  • You translate customer project goals into high-quality analytical methods
  • You are the analytical expert in the project team meetings
  • You function as analytical problem solver in the department

The key responsibilities of the role

  • You are responsible for the implementation of new analytical techniques in the lab in close collaboration with the engineering department
  • You are responsible for the day to day management, planning and support of the (Associate) Analytical Scientists performing development and GMP analytical activities (development of methods, installation of methods, analyses of samples, validation of methods, QC release testing, GMP stability studies)
  • You report to the Director Analytical Sciences

Requested competences and skills:

Desired education

You have a PhD with scientific orientation (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bioscience- Engineering, Science or Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Chemistry ...) or equivalent by experience.

Required experience, competences and skills

  • You have profound experience in development of chromatographic analytical methods such as HPLC, UPLC, GC and spectroscopic techniques such as UV-Vis, FTIR.
  • Experience in CMC method development is a must. Experience in a GMP environment is a must.
  • You are able to run development projects independently and to keep an eye on budget and timelines.
  • You are able to motivate the analysts of the project team.
  • You have a strong interest in drug research and development and the associated analytical development.
  • You are familiar with MS Office (knowledge of Empower is an asset).
  • You have strong analytical and reporting skills (oral, written, presentations)
  • You are a team player.
  • You show flexibility and you are open-minded and change oriented (always looking for ways to improve).
  • You have proven people management skills (intra or extra curriculum), or you are communicatively and emphatically strong in order to develop your leadership skills
  • You can take the role as an HPLC expert that can drive internal and external stakeholders.