R&D Group Leader
Hospira - McPherson, KS

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Aspire…to save others’ lives, while shaping your own.

What We Are Proud Of

We at Hospira, Inc. feel rewarded by our hard work and take pride in knowing we’re on our individual career paths with a shared goal:

Advancing wellness™, through the right people and the right products

People of integrity who are motivated by challenges, embrace diversity, embody our values and exude entrepreneurial spirit

Products that are top quality, error reducing, technologically advanced, and most importantly, life saving

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Hospira, Inc. embraces diversity of thought and cultural perspective and fosters an environment of empowerment, fairness, and respect.

What We Are Made Of

Over 14,000 strong globally, Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceuticals and medication delivery company, with a rich 70-year history of providing high-quality, cost-effective products to patients around the world. As a leading manufacturer of hospital products, our employees focus on delivering technology solutions that improve productivity and enhance patient care. Hospira, Inc.’s breadth of offerings help customers address the safety, productivity and cost of patient care. Every one of us contributes to saving the lives of others, day in and day out.

Who You Can Become

At Hospira, Inc. you can have the opportunity to help continue our tradition of excellence, build upon it and contribute to its success.

Empower yourself to use all of your skills to reach your goals - so that you can allow patients worldwide to reach theirs.

Specific to This Position

This position is with the R&D group at the McPherson, KS manufacturing facility. This facility has >1,200 people and produces several hundred million units of injectable pharmaceuticals per year. The R&D group completes final product development and transfers new products into manufacturing.

This individual is technically capable, fully independent and motivated to lead whole projects forward. They are considered technical experts and have mastered all analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation, or microbiology techniques. They have demonstrated leadership skills and can make complicated personnel decisions.

They ensure their group takes responsibility for the timely completion of whole projects and that all work is fully GMP compliant. They are frequently brought into situations for their expert knowledge and problem solving ability. They frequent the scientific literature looking for new technological approaches.

They are expected to be the first line of assistance for subordinates.

This individual will function as a leader of an R&D core team. In such a role they are responsible for helping team members to solve complicated problems for giving out work assignments, for ensuring GMP compliance, and for contributing to team member’s professional growth. Prepare presentations for customers.

In addition to demonstrating outstanding customer service, this individual is expected to participate in trade shows at the One 2 One


booth, and lead brainstorming activities as part of problem solving, or innovation team.

This person is also responsible for overseeing the execution of protocols and department procedures, working with Operations/Quality/Commercial personnel in regard to product improvement opportunities, and seeking opportunities to submit and secure funding for new programs, and keeping current with external technology and scientific advancements.

Expected to keep accurate and current records of employee’s performance and provide direction, mentoring, and coaching as appropriate.

Responsible for overseeing the execution of protocols and department procedures.

Is expected to participate in merit increase decisions, planned promotions, performance assessments, and rewards and recognition decisions.

Skills/Experience Education/Certification

Mastery in one or more of the following is desirable: analytical methods development and validation; product formulation composition and manufacturing, lyophilization (freeze-drying), stability studies, impurity identification, materials compatibility, liquid filling, aseptic processing, primary package selection, container closure validation, process validation, equipment cleaning and sterilization, regulatory submissions, sterilizing filtration, shipping studies, process analytical technology, quality by design, and design of experiments.

Level 17: PhD + 3 years, MS + 6 years, or BS + 10 years

Level 19: PhD + 6 years, MS + 10 years, or BS + 15 years

Experience managing people a plus.