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Head of Analytical Development San Diego Associate Director / Director

San Diego, CA, United States

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Feb 01, 2023

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Head of Analytical Development, San Diego (Associate Director / Director)
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San Diego, California
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About the role:
At Takeda, we are a forward-looking, world-class R&D organization that unlocks innovation and delivers transformative therapies to patients. By focusing R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.
Join Takeda as our Head of Analytical Development in our San Diego, CA labs.You will work closely with team members, function leaders and internal stakeholders to drive analytical and pre-formulation development activities/strategies for drug substance and drug product activities for early stage assets across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. Primary responsibility is to plan and ensure timely delivery of the functional objectives and oversee, hire, train and grow a technically diverse and highly specialized team to support the successful transition and development of traditional synthetic molecules, oligonucleotide and peptide-based therapeutics from Discovery to early clinical development.
How you will contribute:
You will lead team of approximately 6 scientists and define strategy for resource commitment to Pharmaceutical Sciences analytical/project teams.
Develop and manage strategies for departmental infrastructure, resources, projects, in conjunction with senior staff.
Contribute to overall functional direction globally and represent function within CMC/Pharm Sci and across the global Takeda organization.
Collaborate with functions in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Discovery Units to encourage strategic alignment and achievement of shared goals.
Communicate and coordinate implementation of procedural improvement to senior management, across therapeutic and functional areas.
Develop and implement analytical strategies to control quality of drug substances and products based on current Good Laboratory Practices (cGLP) and/or Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations.
Serve as a technical resource for staff members, leveraging expertise in laboratory technology and project leadership.
Proactively seeks out new impacting technologies and incorporates them into the company.
Responsible for setting and meeting department goals.
Demonstrated ability to successfully direct multiple projects simultaneously.
Responsible for creating the department budget and adhering to it in accordance with Takeda policy.
Play a significant leadership role in creating and maintaining a nurturing and inclusive research environment that encourages creativity, collaboration among scientists from different disciplines and organizations, and efficient utilization of resources.
Accountable for staff members performance and career development.
Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
PhD degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering, or related pharmaceutical science with 7 years relevant experience, or
MS degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering, or related pharmaceutical science with 13 years relevant experience, or
BS degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering, or related pharmaceutical science with 15 years relevant experience
Demonstrated involvement in professional community evidenced by presentation of scientific posters or lectures at professional conferences or events
Technical - Strong knowledge of analytical, physicochemical profiling, biopharmaceutics and preclinical formulation techniques with advanced experience in multiple related techniques such as, HPLC, GC, LCMS, XRPD, DSC, TGA etc. Strong working knowledge of other CMC disciplines; knowledge of DMPK, DSRE, discovery chemistry/biology. Experience in pre-clinical and early clinical formulation development for synthetic molecules. Knowledge in the development of oligonucleotide and peptide analytical methods and formulation techniques in addition to drug delivery systems (e.g. Lipid Nanoparticles) is desired.
Analytical and Problem Solving Skills - Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems, and determine causes and possible solutions
Teamwork - Proven ability to both lead and work well in highly cross functional team environment and across global line functions
Communication Skills - Able to expresses oneself clearly and concisely within team; documents issues and/or concerns concisely with colleagues; adjusts communication style as appropriate for the audience; timely and effectively communicates issues to supervisor; technical writing skills to support authorship of internal technical documents
Organization – Exercises good time management and prioritization skills and is able to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture organizational knowledge; improve solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improve information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use
Resource Management - Ability to manage one's time within individual, departmental, and corporate goals and timelines; management of internal and external resources (vendors)
What Takeda can offer you:
Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision
Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions
Family Planning Support
Flexible Work Paths
Tuition reimbursement
More about us:
At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.
Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.
Base Salary Range:
$143,500 to $205,000. Employees may also be eligible for Short Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off.   
The final salary offered for this position may take into account a number of factors including, but not limited to, location, skills, education, and experience.
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The Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharm Sci) organization is an integral part of global R&D at Takeda, translating science into therapeutic products for patients. When you join Pharm Sci, you become part of a team dedicated to bringing our products to life for our patients through innovation, dedication and talent while minimizing environmental impact.
We work as a member of Takeda’s Global Program Team (GPT) and take full ownership of Chemistry, Manufacturing & Control (CMC) activities; driving product development from bench to bedside.
The Pharm Sci team focuses on executing and enhancing business processes and partnering with key stakeholders and industry leaders to boldly deliver an increasingly complex portfolio. Always looking through a sustainability lens to protect our planet, we are embracing new ways of working, excelling in our data and digital transformation, building differentiated capabilities (CMC Acceleration), delivering innovative medical devices, and advancing an inclusive, innovative culture.
It is an exciting time to be in Pharm Sci. Join our journey and change the lives of patients!
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What makes a successful team member within Pharmaceutical Sciences at Takeda?
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Where You Fit In
Our teams are experienced in medicinal chemistry, multi-step synthesis, multimodal genetics, genomics datasets, pharmacokinetics and more. So wherever your expertise and passion lie, your work will have tangible outcomes, advancing an innovative pipeline that serves unmet needs.
We're delving deeper than ever inside the human body and its microbiome, implementing innovative approaches to deliver high-quality products that treat a range of illnesses including IBD and cancer.
In our diverse, forward-thinking culture, we're constantly embracing new ways of working:
Partnering with research teams, GPTs, business development and our commercial partners in GMS/GQ
Supporting all stages of pre-clinical and clinical development
Providing enabling technologies including formulation and delivery strategies, analytical expertise and IP
Developing processes to manufacture high-quality Clinical Trial Material and other ways to support clinical studies
Focusing on broad therapeutic areas on multiple device platforms: Advanced Delivery Devices, Home & Point-Of-Care Diagnostics, Software & Connectivity for eHealth devices and state-of-the-art Medical Devices & Combination Products
On our team in Pharmaceutical Sciences, you’ll notice a big difference in your own life, too. You’ll be supported to develop your career. You'll connect with brilliant minds and be recognized for your accomplishments. Your curiosity, skills and dedication will have a place and a purpose. So even when you’re exploring the smallest of details, your world will be bigger than ever.
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Our values of Takeda-ism are Integrity, Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance, with Integrity as the core. These are brought to life through actions based on Patient, Trust, Reputation and Business, in that order.
Our belief in putting people first extends beyond our patients — it includes their families and communities, as well as our Takeda colleagues and their families.
We are committed to embracing our differences, valuing different perspectives, and fostering a culture of respect, inclusiveness and empowerment.
Our embedded Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy enables us to attract and retain exceptional talent, drives innovation, and helps address systemic inequalities in our communities.
Working at Takeda
Here, you will feel welcomed, respected, and valued as a vital contributor to our global team.
A strong, borderless team, we strive together towards our priorities and inspiring mission.
Bold initiatives, continuous improvement, and creativity are at the heart of how we bring scientific breakthroughs from the lab to patients.
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Recognized for our culture and way of working, we’re one of only 15 companies to receive Top Global Employer® status for 2023.
Our people-first mission extends beyond patients to include their families, communities, and our own Takeda family.
Through trust and respect, you will have genuine support from leaders, managers, and colleagues to do your best work.
Within Takeda, there’s a lot of room for disruption and challenging how things have been done before.
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