WuXi AppTec

Group Leader, Pharmaceutical Sciences

US-CA-San Diego
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Responsible for leading Developability and Formulation Research (DFR) group at the STA Pharma San Diego facility. The team will include members with expertise in solid state chemistry, pre-/formulation development, manufacturing and analytical support. Projects will include early research support, salt/polymorph screening, clinical formulation development and clinical batch manufacturing. Leads the orderly progression of projects from the proposal stage through project completion by interacting with the client, technical team and business development team.  The incumbent will also participate in business development activities such as visiting existing or new clients and promoting STA’s services in conferences/trade shows.  


  • Lead the DFR group within the PDS department; function as both an operation head as well as a technical lead
  • Assumes complete responsibility for assigned projects, such as acting as study director/ principal investigator, and assumes a continuing responsibility for contributing ideas related to this area of investigation.
  • Provide technical guidance to direct reports in planning, designing and coordinating the execution of development studies and to adjust workloads as needed
  • Coordinate with the customer for new projects, preparing technical proposals addressing their needs and drawing up cost estimates for project work
  • Review updates/ reports on ongoing projects to keep customers briefed on progress of projects
  • Work closely with leaders from other departments (Chemistry, Analytics, BD) to meet project timelines, departmental goal, and customer requests
  • Plan for technological upgrades of the capabilities of the group by evaluating new technologies/ instruments which can bring value to the customers and STA Pharma
  • Contribute to budgeting process of preformulation part and ensure to operate within budget by maximizing efficiencies
  • Hire and retain talent to meet the business needs


Job Requirements:      

Technical Skills / Knowledge:

  • Candidate should possess strong and effective management, problem solving and interpersonal skills and have a proven track record working cross-functionally across a wide variety of technical, business and operational areas.
  • Demonstrates good understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and small molecule drug development.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant pharmaceutical or biotech industry experience in CMC process development and/or GMP manufacturing.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of current regulations and industry trends for small molecule product development, manufacture and testing.
  • Experience in a Contract Research Organization (CRO) or Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) is preferred, but not required.



  • Must be a self-starter, self-motivated, and highly flexible in this homebased position with ~25% travel.
  • Must be organized and detailed-oriented.


Problem Solving:

  • Proven experience in creating and carrying out successful plans and processes to solve complex problems.


Leadership Activities:

  • Work closely with team members across all CMC related business units and with the STA management team to ensure coordination of all efforts and real-time communication with all stakeholders.
  • Communication Skills:
  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Excellent communications skills (verbal, written, and presentation skills).


Customary Education and Experience:

  • PhD in life sciences; pharmaceutics preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years pharmaceutical or CRO/CMO industry experience preferably in Drug Product R&D and manufacturing.
  • Prior experience in group leadership desired.


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