Biochemistry Development Manager

Biochemistry Development Manager

Job Title: Biochemistry Development Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Worthing
Salary: Excellent Salary and Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 15931a ST
Contact Name: Steve Twinley
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 03, 2018 16:25

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a commercially-savvy Development Manager / Senior Scientist, to lead, motivate and manage a Biochemistry and Chemistry Method Development team within a pioneering Biopharmaceutical organisation. We are looking for an inspirational leader with a strong scientific background (preferably MSc or PhD), a solid grounding in a GMP/GLP-regulated Pharmaceutical or Biotech environment and the ambition to undertake a varied and unique role.

This position has been created due to the company’s ongoing expansion activities in Worthing, West Sussex, backed with a strong clinical pipeline and significant market share within the field of allergy vaccination. This is a permanent role with excellent salary (to be discussed on application) and benefits package (detailed below). Full details will be provided during an initial informal telephone interview with Steve Twinley, the recruiter who will be reviewing your CV.

The Company
A pioneering UK-based Pharmaceutical company specialising in the development and production of injectable and oral dose vaccines and diagnostic kits for people who suffer from allergies. They have developed an innovative approach to adjuvant therapy which will be of particular interest to someone with a passion for scientific innovation and GMP / sterile production. There are around 270 employees in Worthing and the company has an excellent reputation for its welcoming atmosphere, staff morale and ongoing development.

The Role
This is a varied and exciting role which will include leading the Method Development team as the business continues to grow and move forward.

You will spend around half of your time in team-based activities (based around biochemical assays), including planning and managing scientific projects to complete objectives in development pharmaceutics, method or process development and validation and method transfer. You will also spend a significant amount of time outside of the team, representing the Development department and building collaborative partnerships with both internal groups (Reg Affairs, QA, Production, Clinical Ops etc) external stakeholders (including doctors and KOLs).

You will be responsible for a small team of highly qualified and experienced Chemists and Biochemists who undertake project work relating to the development, validation and transfer of Biochemistry and Chemistry assays for product development, characterisation and standardisation, as well as stability and release. It will therefore be important for you to be able to build up your knowledge and understanding of this work quite quickly, though because the company is very unique it will be appreciated that you may not be an expert in allergy biopharma regulatory sciences.

This is a genuinely unique and exciting role with many different aspects, presenting a real opportunity to progress to the next phase of your career. Full details, including a comprehensive job spec, will be provided on application. 

In addition to a competitive salary (negotiable depending on experience), the company offers a very good benefits package including: 

  • Annual bonus (discretionary and non-contractual)
  • Stakeholder pension plan
  • Life insurance scheme
  • 25 days’ holiday
  • Long term disability scheme
  • Private medical plan

The successful candidate will ideally have a PhD or MSc in a life science discipline (Biochemistry, Immunology or Chemistry preferred), though BSc will be sufficient with the right experience. In-depth knowledge of ELISA and other immunoassay techniques would be a significant advantage. You must have previous experience of leading and managing scientific teams and taking a significant role in commercially-minded decision making, understanding the bigger picture of the Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology industry. You must be able to demonstrate the ability to learn, listen actively to others, and build collaborative relationships. This is a fantastic career opportunity, so please get in touch for more details.