Pharmaceutical Sciences R&D Group Leader - Extractables, Leachables & Impurity Identification Group
Lake Forest, Illinois
November 10, 2016
Position Type:
Full Time

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Role Description
Hospira, a the company company, is the global leader of sterile injectable drugs and infusion technologies, committed to putting patients first by improving access and care worldwide.


Supporting the company Essential Health (PEH) business unit (formerly the company Global Established Pharmaceutical (GEP) organization) the Pharmaceutical Sciences R&D Group Leader - Extractables, Leachables & Impurity Identification Group provides managerial and technical leadership to the product development team involved in the collaborative development of new products. Reporting to Pharmaceutical Sciences Sterile Injectables Director, the Group Leader will take an active role in the development and implementation of advanced analytical measurement and data analysis techniques in support of impurity identification and extractables/leachables. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of theory and application of separation, isolation, purification and identification of unknowns using variety of routine and complex analytical techniques. S/he will manage a group of highly skilled Analytical Chemists.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an R&D professional with an extractables, leachables & impurity identification background to grow professionally/scientifically through involvement in a large variety of project portfolios of complex and differentiated pharmaceutical sterile injectable drugs.

This position is located at a flagship R&D site in north suburban Chicago/Lake Forest; relocation provided.

•The individual will be responsible for the development of analytical concepts in support of extractables, leachables and impurity identification strategy

•Oversee the design and execution of studies to meet requirements in USP and

•The individual will lead a group that is highly focused on the use and implementation of said skills to better understand our products and its interactions with components throughout the development lifecycle; this will be balanced with an ever present desire to improve upon our capabilities and help develop cutting edge analytical and predictive capabilities

•Provide leadership and communicate clearly and concisely across multiple scientific and business functions, building effective relations with internal and external customers

•Job responsibilities may include developing, designing and performing experiments related to the implementation of measurement systems to our drug product processes

•Provide day-to-day scientific and operational leadership to ensure that fit for purpose, robust, and cost effective development of processes

•Create an environment that attracts, develops, retains, and promotes diverse scientific talent through challenging assignments aimed at advancing staff capabilities and in the end strengthening the organization's ability to execute on product development and commercialization commitments

•Assist in setting strategic and scientific direction for group

•Supervise and lead BS/MS/PhD laboratory scientists, including handling general administration responsibilities within respective areas of responsibility and handle functional management issues related to direct reports (merit budget input, performance assessment/rating input, promotion recommendations, job descriptions, recognize and address skill gaps, including coaching on colleague Individual Development Plans (IDP), scientific advancement, employee health and safety)

•10 - 15% travel

•PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Material Science or Chemical Engineering with 3-5 years' experience required; alternatively, a BS degree with significant (10+) amount of experience in relevant areas would be considered

•Very knowledgeable in at least one spectroscopic technique (NIR, IR, Raman, UV) with hands on experience in collecting data from solid or liquid samples. Process Analytical Technology (PAT) experience highly desirable. Preference is for experience with Sterile Injectables

•Very conversant with data collection and analysis approaches and principles

•Experienced in Spectroscopic (LCMS, GCMS, NMR, ICP-MS) and Chromatographic (HPLC, prep LC, TLC) techniques

•Experience with method development, validation and implementation is desirable

•Experience in the pharmaceutical space would be deemed advantageous for this position

•Other factors that would be advantageous: understanding of the impact of excipient variation on product quality, knowledge of polymeric materials used in pharmaceutical applications such as elastomeric closures, API material characterization technique familiarity, understanding of the current regulatory landscape for the pharmaceutical industry, familiarity with various guidance and standards that are utilized by the pharmaceutical industry, and finally familiarity with systems control principles

•Ideally candidate would have experience in areas for both drug product and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API)

•Familiarity with the eventual implementation area of commercial manufacturing operations would be highly desirable

•Strong oral and written communication skills are anticipated for this highly interactive position; team interactions are important and the colleague must be able to collaborate with and mentor peers as well as effectively interact with leaders as part of a multi-disciplinary team

•Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to multitask, and effective interpersonal and communication skills are required

•The colleague should possess the ability to learn quickly and solve complex problems

Other Information - Internal
•Colleagues who are issued any type of progressive disciplinary action on or after January 1, 2016, are not eligible to post and compete for a position for a period of 12-months from the date disciplinary action is issued.

•System limitations prevent mutual participation in cross-company (the company - legacy Hospira) Employee Referral Programs at this time; thank you for your patience.

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