Director, Process Chemistry

Requisition ID: CHE006093

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its¬ legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world's premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we're doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.¬ 

Reports to the Executive Director of Process Chemistry and Enabling Technologies, of our research division.¬  Supervises 3 scientific group leaders, and through them, approximately 15 scientists.¬  Responsible for management of approximately 15 scientists. Responsible for the recruiting, evaluation and development of personnel to their full potential.¬  Selects, trains¬  and effectively recommends transfers, merit increases, promotions and closures of personnel under his/her direction within the framework of Company policy.¬  ¬ Contributes and establishes a viable succession plan for key positions within the functional area (scientific and management pathways), including his/her own role.

The incumbent drives scientific excellence and innovation to establish and maintain a world-class synthetic chemistry group, and proactively identifies and develops the most impactful new technologies.¬  Critical tasks involve oversight of new route design and synthetic methodology development, scale-up, and execution of API campaigns in support of clinical programs; transferring appropriate technical information to support the preparation of API in Rahway, NJ and/or at external partners.¬  ¬ The individual must excel in conduct of scientific research to translate breakthroughs in fundamental science to develop world class synthetic processes for human health products, is responsible for invention and demonstration of¬ 

new processes in preparation for commercial manufacture and preparation of regulatory filings.¬ ¬ 

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Must be internationally recognized for innovations in synthetic chemistry, with a strong track-record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations.¬ 

Co-leader of cross-functional teams responsible for oversight of activities in support of the Merck pipeline, including management of internal/external resources and facility capacity against a defined financial budget, management of the late stage portfolio to ensure projects meet departmental expectations for Best Chemistry at first filing.¬ ¬ 

Identify, recruit, onboard and develop employees to their full potential. Contribute and establish a viable succession plan for key positions within the functional area (scientific and management pathways), including his/her own role.

Directs the preparation of and approves disclosures prepared within his/her department to be used as the basis for patent applications, publications and external presentations.


Education Minimum Requirement:¬ 

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related pharmaceutical science is required¬ 

Required Experience and Skills:¬ 

  • 6+ years drug substance development experience and demonstrated ability in leading a development group.¬ 

  • Incumbent must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.¬ 

  • Strength in delivering results on firm deadlines.¬ 

  • Strong leadership skills and extensive demonstration of problem-solving and innovation.

  • He/she must be internationally recognized in the pharmaceutical development area, with a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications and external research presentations.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.¬ 


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Job: Chemistry
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Hazardous Materials: Standard chemicals
Company Trade Name: Merck

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