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Head of R&D, Molecular Assay

Company: Merck KGaA
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your Role:

You will manage a team of 10 - 12 scientists to develop innovative molecular and protein assays for our Life Science Research Solutions business. This position will report to the Head of R&D of Detection Systems and Assays. Your duties as R&D Manager, Moleuclar Assays will include:

  • Managing the assay R&D team of 10-12 scientists based in St. Louis, MO and Temecula, CA
  • Responsible and accountable for designing, planning, and executing the molecular and protein assay new product introduction roadmap
  • Manage the life cycle of molecular and protein assay new products
  • Stay at the cutting edge of related technologies, lead the technology evaluation efforts to develop the short-term and long-term innovation roadmap
  • collaborating with Product Management, Sales, Service, Customer Support, Operations, and Quality stakeholders to ensure quality products are delivered and accepted into the market.

Location: St. Louis MO, USA


  • Lead and mentor a highly functioning technical team of scientists with diverse experiences.
  • Provide project and technical leadership on cross functional teams through product design and development, production, and commercialization
  • Lead the team to design and execute the annual new product roadmap
  • Establish and maintain detailed project plans, define risks and recommend contingency plans as required in collaboration with the program manager and cross functional team members.
  • Key contributor and stakeholder in the definition of a product roadmap that aligns with the business model by investigating new technologies, assessing technical and conceptual risk and financial viability, and identifying innovative approaches and methodologies.
  • Support the Business Development team in assessing new technologies of partnership or acquisition opportunities.
  • Manage the performance and professional development of the R&D team.

Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. Degree in Molecular Biology, or other biological science related majors
  • Minimum of 10 years of life science related experience in developing molecular assays with strong focus on NGS (next-generation sequencing)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing teams and leading technical projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven track record of delivering innovative new products to market successfully
  • Experience with both product & process development and transitioning products from R&D into Manufacturing
  • Proven track record of technical leadership from technology evaluation, technology development, Product Inception to Product Release
  • Working knowledge of molecular biology and molecular assays with extensive experience in next-generation sequencing
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed organization
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal), including experience presenting in front of multidisciplinary audiences
  • Effective project management, planning, financial analysis and organizational skills
  • Experience managing employee performance and professional development
  • Ability to travel based on project and business needs

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

Keywords: Merck KGaA, St. Louis , Head of R&D, Molecular Assay, Other , Saint Louis, Missouri

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