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Principal Scientist

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Company: Johnson Matthey

Location: Devens, MA

Date Posted: August 17, 2014

Source: Johnson Matthey

Position Purpose:

Mentors staff providing timely and in depth feedback on all aspects of performance.  Actively manages projects targeting agreed upon quantity, quality, time, and budget.  Develops plans and objectives for process and research development of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).

Job Responsibilities:

* Provides leadership for employee relations through effective communication, coaching, training, and development
* Manages chemist and scientific staff assigned to projects, providing direction and advice
* Assessing strengths and weaknesses of staff assigned to projects, and making maximum use of the strengths while assisting in further development of weaknesses.  Provides input and recommendations to performance reviews and career progression
* Ensures staff acts in accordance with Johnson Matthey policies and practices with respect to GMP, environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) and other related regulatory requirements.
* Frequently interacts with clients during conferences and meetings.
* Ensure efficient and timely projects and develops the project scope and objectives. Opportunities are identified and evaluated ...
Position Purpose:

Mentors staff providing timely and in depth feedback on all aspects of performance.  Actively manages projects targeting agreed upon quantity, quality, time, and budget.  Develops plans and objectives for process and research development of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).

Job Responsibilities:

* Provides leadership for employee relations through effective communication, coaching, training, and development
* Manages chemist and scientific staff assigned to projects, providing direction and advice
* Assessing strengths and weaknesses of staff assigned to projects, and making maximum use of the strengths while assisting in further development of weaknesses.  Provides input and recommendations to performance reviews and career progression
* Ensures staff acts in accordance with Johnson Matthey policies and practices with respect to GMP, environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) and other related regulatory requirements.
* Frequently interacts with clients during conferences and meetings.
* Ensure efficient and timely projects and develops the project scope and objectives. Opportunities are identified and evaluated, appropriate plans are developed in conjunction with other departments and continually assessed. Schedules, priorities, and available resources are well known and considered in making decisions.
* Design and implement complex research projects with, definitive scientific conclusions being reached. Valid explanations are sought for all results and are tested.
* Independently evaluates scientific techniques and procedures for solving problems based on literature research and consultation with scientific peers.
* Creates and tests new theories related to solving important problems with the scope of client projects. Such new theories are based both on scientific precedent and observed laboratory results and must be tested in well-designed experiments.
* Shares special skills and expertise with other team members.
* Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience:

* PhD in Chemistry or equivalent with a minimum of 7 years related experience in a pharmaceutical industry
* MS in Chemistry or equivalent with a minimum of 14 years related experience in a pharmaceutical industry
* BS in Chemistry or equivalent with a minimum of 21 years related experience in a pharmaceutical  industry
* Ability to mentor staff; assessing strengths and weaknesses, providing timely and in depth feedback on all aspects of performance and promoting JM cultural beliefs
* Ability to lead projects and provide direction to various levels of BS Chemists and PhD Scientists
* Effective communication with clients
* Experienced in designing, developing, and optimizing synthetic routes; producing and/or scaling up intermediates and API process development
* Ability to read, analyze, and interpret English-language chemical periodicals, scientific journals, and regulatory documents
* Ability to write clear and concise technical reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals
* Ability to define problems, collect data, recognize patterns, and draw valid conclusions and deal with both abstract and concrete variables
* Strong written and verbal, communication and presentation skills
* Good understanding of Microsoft Office
* Ability to work independently and in a team environment
* Ability to plan, organize, and oversee multiple independent research programs
* Ability to successfully work with interdepartmental teams
* Knowledge of analytical techniques (HPLC, GC, DSC, FTIR, XRPD, TGA, , NMR)
* Experience in evaluating processes and writing proposals

* Good understanding of crystal engineering and specialized purification techniques (SMB, prep HPLC) a plus.
* Knowledge regarding one of the following: process safety, catalyst, and solid form crystallization a plus.
* Knowledge of MS Project. Experience in establishing integrated plans with resource and task constraints a plus.
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