Group Leader - CADD

Req ID:  202432

Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Would you like to join one of the world's leading CRO'S?

We have an exciting new opportunity for a talented, highly motivated individual to join our management team within the Small Molecule Drug Discovery division at our drug discovery facilities in either Saffron Walden or Harlow, UK. This role would be suitable for someone looking to develop their management career who either has a background in computational chemistry or who is a medicinal chemist with a demonstrated interest in CADD within the drug discovery arena. ]

The post will be an opportunity for you to manage, mentor and develop scientists who are at different stages of their career and who have different backgrounds. You will also influence the scientific strategy of project teams working with a diverse range of organisations across the globe, from charitable organisations and academic groups to biotech and big pharma. As a group leader within Early Discovery, you will be exposed to a wide range of drug discovery projects across different therapeutic areas and target classes at all stages of the drug discovery process, and you will have the opportunity to work with world class scientists in different disciplines from across the wider Charles River organisation. In partnership with other senior scientific leaders, your extensive drug discovery experience will help to shape the future scientific strategy in CADD and across the Small Molecule Drug Discovery division.  You will be a positive role model with a demonstrated ability to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists. Charles River has a strong culture of personal development, and you will have access to a wide range of training opportunities, with good potential for advancement in this expanding organisation. Hybrid and flexible working options would be considered for this role.

Business area

We offer the industry's most comprehensive drug discovery service portfolio and a multidisciplinary staff of hundreds of scientists. We have the scientific excellence and technological capabilities to support our clients throughout the drug development life cycle, from target identification to IND programs. Our team takes a true collaborative approach working in partnership with clients to find and follow the optimum path to market while moving forward together to bring novel therapies to the patients who need them

What you'll do?

•    You will provide managerial leadership within the CADD team, and within the Small Molecule Drug Discovery division. Your responsibilities in this area would include: motivating and developing staff, performance management, objective setting, providing feedback, and health and safety. 
•    You will represent the Early Discovery management team to all staff and to contribute to the management and performance of the division, for example coordinating internal processes such as laboratory management.
•    You will drive the delivery of drug discovery services to clients, using your expertise and initiative to define and deliver agreed project objectives.
•    Depending on your experience and background, you will provide medicinal chemistry, CADD or project leadership to projects, using sound scientific decision making and your creative problem solving skills to achieve project goals as well as managing resources, finances and client communication.
•    You will provide broad scientific leadership, mentoring others and helping to define future scientific direction
•    You will support the identification and implementation of relevant new technologies to enhance capabilities within CADD and the Small Molecule Drug Discovery division.
•    You will contribute to Business Development activities, acting as either CADD or medicinal chemistry lead within business development activities (depending on your background), preparing proposals and presenting to prospective clients.
•    You will promote high scientific visibility of Discovery capabilities, both internally and externally.

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.