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Associate Director - Chemistry

Req ID:  42997

Harlow, ESS, GB, CM19 5TR

For 70 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.

Job Summary

Charles River is seeking an ambitious, innovative and highly motivated drug hunter to join our Senior Chemistry Management team, within Discovery as an Associate Director of Chemistry.

Main responsibilities

  • To provide line leadership of chemistry teams, driving high performance through effective objective setting, coaching, motivating, engaging and empowering staff at all levels. A passion for personal development of self and others will be required.
  • To act as a key representative of the Senior Chemistry Management Team, contributing to:
    • Influencing the scientific direction and strategic vision for the chemistry department
    • Identifying new areas for growing capabilities and/or to make process efficiency gains
    • Promoting high scientific visibility of capabilities internally and externally
    • Actively monitoring the project portfolio
    • Resource and budget management
    • Influencing and driving recruitment strategy
    • Ensuring high standards of health and safety
  • To provide independent scientific leadership and/or oversight within complex integrated project teams. Influencing project strategy and decision making, overseeing work plans, influencing clients, actively managing project resources and finances and collaborating effectively across disciplines and business units within Charles River to achieve project goals.
  • To identify and implement new technologies and creative approaches to increase effectiveness, engaging support and implementing at a department level.
  • To take a leading role in business development activities, working independently with colleagues in Business Development to prepare scientific proposals and present these to potential new clients.
  • To communicate clearly and effectively at a strategic level with key stakeholders, interfacing positively with clients, across disciplines and presenting new initiatives internally to gain buy in.

Candidate Profile 

  • A PhD in chemistry with broad expertise in drug discovery covering different therapeutic areas and project phases, across target classes and gene families (e.g. active-to-hit, hit-to-lead, lead optimisation).
  • A strong commitment to personal development to enable future progression within the organisation.
  • An experienced line manager who has successfully motivated, developed and mentored scientists and managers with a range of experience, with examples of impact on personal development goals.
  • Evidence of impact on strategy at a departmental level.
  • An interest in new technologies and disruptive approaches to continuous improvement, with a willingness to innovate and help define future direction
  • A dynamic and flexible approach towards achieving objectives, with exceptional problem solving skills, sound scientific judgement and high quality decision making

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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