Pace Analytical

  • Associate Director - Pharmaceutical Development

    Job Locations US-MA-Woburn
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    The Associate Director of Pharmaceutical Development will be responsible for the successful delivery of client projects on time, within budget, and according to the company’s quality standards and acceptance criteria, as well as creating project charters, managing internal and external resources and communicating/coordinating progress of projects. The ideal candidate must be a highly driven and proactive scientist with a passion for drug development, comfortable working in a dynamic and fast changing environment, be willing and able to juggle different projects at the same time, and be a team player by nature.


    • Work on complex problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of intangible factors; Exercise independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria; Demonstrate success in technical proficiency, collaboration with others and independent thought
    • Lead client and internal project team members to successful completion of the project in regards of time, cost, and quality
    • Develop detailed project plan(s), including scope, deliverables, resource planning, budget, duration/schedules, risk management, and reporting
    • Conduct project kick-off, close-out, and regularly scheduled team meetings to keep all relevant stakeholders informed of the progress during the project life cycle
    • Track/manage projects from initiation to successful completion.  Identify and resolve project issues
    • Chair internal project team meetings, provide agendas, issue minutes with follow-up actions identified
    • Act as single point of contact for the client and facilitate responses to customer questions and observations
    • Will be primary client communication focal point for project team
    • Coordination with sales, operations, client services, and QA to ensure the highest level of client service
    • Communicate any changes in the development program with internal team members and ensure that the changes are fully documented
    • Constrain the scope of work to that agreed upon in the proposal and appropriately implement change control and impact assessment
    • Manage relationships and keep project stakeholders accurately and regularly informed of the project(s) status
    • Maintain effectiveness of the Quality System
    • Manage difficult customer situations, respond promptly to customer needs and solicit customer feedback to improve service
    • Will work with sales to win new business
    • Quality project management expertise: looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
    • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully
    • Contributes to smooth and efficient laboratory operations
    • Other duties as assigned


    • PhD in Chemistry/Pharmacy/E​ngineering​ or relevant discipline
    • 10-15 years of laboratory experience in analytical chemistry, pre-formulation, and/or formulation development
    • Minimum of 2 years managing small to large-scale projects
    • Experience in the characterization of proteins and other biotherapeutics by mass spectroscopy and the use of LC-MS for bioanalysis highly desired
    • PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, or similar, would be ideal
    • Working knowledge of Pharmaceutical and Biotech industries
    • Highly developed analytical chemistry knowledge, and hands-on laboratory experience.
    • Demonstrates a practical and advanced understanding of related scientific disciplines in formulation development
    • Experience in execution of multiple and/or complex projects
    • Skilled in the use of project planning tools such as MS Project or similar tools
    • Proficiency in all aspects (identifying, analyzing, tracking and monitoring) of the Project Management Body of Knowledge
    • Theoretical background knowledge of chemistry and/or biochemistry
    • Must have outstanding planning/organization/prioritization skills
    • Must be able to prioritize and plan work activities, and have exceptional time-management skills
    • Must be able to interact effectively with a variety of individuals and personalities within and between departments
    • Excellent oral and written communication/interpersonal skills required, plus English fluency; the ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations demonstrating leadership, gaining commitment and buy-in for projects
    • Candidates who are keen experimentalists, independent thinkers and enthusiastic team players that have a passion for drug development are encouraged to apply


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