Pace Analytical

  • Associate Director - Small Molecules

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    Wolfe Laboratories LLC., a subsidiary of Pace Analytical Life Sciences, is a premier Contract Research and Development Organization located in Woburn, MA, providing pharmaceutical development services for small molecule, biologic, oligonucleotide, and other biopharmaceutical drug candidates.


    We are currently seeking an Associate Director of Pharmaceutical Development for Small Molecules to support the rapid growth of our organization. We are looking for individuals with a solid understanding of formulation development including solid oral and injectable dosage forms, with specific expertise on advanced material processing, drug delivery systems and controlled release technologies for example liposomes, solid lipid nanoparticles, enteric coatings, controlled release matrices, amorphous solid dispersions, particle size reduction, etc., as well a good working knowledge of the drug development process. This position will be responsible for the scientific leadership and management of pharmaceutical client projects so that they will be accomplished on time, within budget, and according to the company’s quality standards, as well as managing internal and external resources and communicating/coordinating progress of projects.  The ideal candidate must be comfortable working in a dynamic and fast changing environment, be able to execute on different projects at the same time and be a team player. 


    • Lead client and internal project team members to successful completion of the project in regards to science, time, cost, and quality.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lead the development of advanced formulations for the efficient delivery of small molecule drug candidates
    • Guide the development of analytical and high throughput biophysical methods to characterize product variants and understand the pharmaceutical properties of drug substances and formulations.
    • Oversee the execution and development of analytical methods including HPLC, LC-MS, DSC, DLS, TGA, XRD, to characterize small molecule therapeutics
    • Coordination with sales, operations, client services, and QA to ensure the highest level of client service.
    • Manage relationships and keep project stakeholders accurately and regularly informed of the project(s) status
    • Will be able to speak to all Wolfe Laboratories business services and will promote Wolfe Laboratories at client meetings and conferences. 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
    • Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner, gather and analyze information skillfully
    • Contributes to smooth and efficient laboratory operations
    • Other Duties as assigned


    • PhD in Chemistry/Pharmacy/Engineering or other 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.
    • Expertise in early-phase development of small molecule pharmaceutical products with advanced understanding of analytical method development for regulated environments (ICH/FDA/EMA) including chromatographic separations, LC/MS, titration, characterization of controlled release systems, stability, and other API and product quality methods
    • Theoretical background knowledge of chemistry and/or biochemistry
    • Working knowledge of Pharmaceutical and Biotech industries, general understanding of biotechnological pharmaceutical products (oligonucleotide, peptide/protein)
    • PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, or similar, would be ideal. Skilled in the use of project planning tools such as MS Project or similar tools.
    • Experience in execution of multiple and/or complex projects.
    • 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; the ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations demonstrating leadership, gaining commitment and buy-in for projects

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    Pace Analytical is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, age, religion, sex, veterans, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


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