Assay Development Manager - Biochemistry- Cambs - GBP45k-GBP50k

45000.00 - 50000.00 GBP Annual + GBP45000 - GBP50000/annum
08 Feb 2017
23 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Assay Development Manager - Biochemistry- Cambs - GBP45k-GBP50k - HPLC - GC - MS - NMR - FTIR

A growing biopharmaceutical company requires an experienced Assay Development Manager to join its Cambridgeshire site. You will be responsible for supervising two research scientists and assay method development. You will also be responsible for hiring a further 3 research scientists over the course of the year. You will hold a relevant PhD with significant commercial or academic experience.

The Role:
The Assay Manager is primarily responsible for managing, developing, and appraising the Assay Team. Managers plan and implement project programmes, assuring that the activities are performed on time to meet deadlines and achieving business targets, while keeping rigorous scientific standards.
The Assay Manager is responsible for the Assay portion of development projects, including assay method development, analytical support for other R&D teams, TT, and production, including coordinating sample processing and running specialized methodologies, as well as interacting with project managers, other group managers (Discovery, Chemistry, DSP, PSD), the Tech Transfer Manager, External Client Manager, and other internal clients.

*To fulfil the role as assay manager on site and provide leadership for ongoing support to R&D and manufacturing.
*To provide the company with expert knowledge on several analytical tools, such as gas chromatography, HPLC, mass spectrometry, FTIR, NMR, among others.
*To chair regular meetings to ensure that an effective schedule for development project activities is in place, ensuring minutes are circulated to senior management.
*To manage any R&D projects assigned by senior management and monitor, control and maintain the associated project master files and data.
*To support technology transfers from the Cambridge R&D site to the TT team and other company sites.
*To prioritise and control team consumables to achieve team targets in a timely and cost effective manner and within budget.
*To recommend capital purchases including sourcing, negotiating on pricing supply along with providing justification for approval for capex expenditure.
*To ensure that complete and accurate records are kept by all group members and that completed laboratory notebooks are properly archived to ensure that the Company has access to all relevant files and information at all times.
*To develop, agree and implement (in collaboration with QA) effective and efficient Standard Operating Procedures for both internal and external use.
*To ensure all interactions with outside organizations are covered by the appropriate legal documentation (Material Transfer and Confidentiality Agreements) and that the professional image of the Company is maintained at all times.
*To approve and release (including the quality of testing carried out) experimental samples and data to customers.
*To ensure the development, appraisal and appropriate training of allocated staff. To collect and authorise timesheets for allocated staff.
*To ensure novel inventions within the development group are promptly identified and reported to senior management and to assist in the writing and filing of patent applications.
*Out of hours working when required by project work or senior management.

Experience Required:

*An advanced degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related field.
*Significant experience in an analytical lab, or as a senior researcher or equivalent.
*Solid knowledge of LC/MS, HPLC, and GC required,
*Must have knowledge of either (ideally both) FTIR or NMR
*Good written and verbal communication
*Team management experience
*Experience with DoE would be a plus
*Competency with Microsoft Project
*Project management experience would be a plus
*Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time is necessary