WuXi AppTec

Director Pharmaceutical Sciences

Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
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Responsible for leading the 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. Lead 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; functioning as both an operation head as well as a technical lead
  • Assume complete responsibility for assigned projects, including acting as study director/ principal investigator, and owning continuing responsibility for related to this area of investigation.
  • Provide technical leadership 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
  • Liaise 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 in leading and managing teams as well as in problem solving and interpersonal skills and have a proven track record working cross-functionally across a wide variety of technical, business and operational areas
  • Proven understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and small molecule drug development.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant pharmaceutical or biotech industry with 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:

  • Experienced people leader with tactical and functional leadership experience.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in English is required with 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 experiencerequired, preferably in Drug Product R&D and manufacturing.

 Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled 


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