1 week ago

Director Global Material Development

North Rhine-Westphalia Competitive Permanent


  • Define and develop new elastomer formulations to be used as primary packaging material in medical devices for injectable drug products
  • Manage R&D laboratory that supports all R&D activities of the R&D manufacturing site
  • Be an expert in this field of expertise
  • Define and execute a multi-year strategic plan for elastomer development aligned with the packaging components strategy
  • Act as subject matter expert (SME) for all material (mainly elastomer, plastic and coatings) related questions and problems
  • Support and maintain the life cycle management of active elastomer formulations. This includes alternative raw materials as well as customer and operations support
  • Maintain and build an external network with suppliers, knowledge centres and research facilities
  • Scientific understanding of the materials and their potential interaction with drug products
  • Stay on the leading edge of the technology areas and pharma/biotech market trends
  • Manage, inspire, develop and coach a team
  • Construct, design and executive a roadmap for material research

Your Basic Qualifications:

  • A Masters degree in Life Science
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience with 5+ years in material development, process development or similar
  • Expertise of rubber chemistry and/or rubber processing is preferred
  • Expertise of analytical techniques to understand the chemistry and extractables of elastomeric formulations
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment in making decisions and resolving complex problems related to general & technical aspects of the job. Decisions made with in-depth understanding and interpretation of procedures, policies and business practices to achieve results
  • Strong Leadership experience
  • Excellent team player, good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluent in English. German would be an advantage (or the willingness to learn)
  • Global travel required
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