Group Leader – New Product Development


Charles City, IA, USA


Research and Development

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Group Leader, New Product Development

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Cambrex Charles City, Inc. is a subsidiary of Cambrex and develops and manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients, fine chemicals and pharmaceutical intermediates for a wide range of applications.



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Job Description

Reporting to the Director-Research and Development, the Group Leader – New Product Development will supervise day to day laboratory activities while providing leadership in developing synthetic pathways and manufacturing processes toward new high value added pharmaceutical intermediates and bulk pharmaceutical drugs. This hands on position will involved approximately 30% bench work with the remainder involved in staff supervision, project management, customer interaction, project results reporting, team collaboration, pilot plant support work and bench to pilot plant process technology transferral.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development of synthetic pathways and manufacturing processes toward new high value added pharmaceutical intermediates and bulk pharmaceutical drugs
  • Responsible for planning and executing laboratory research and develoment activities
  • Direct day to day activities of laboratory personnel, providing technical guidance and leadership as needed.
  • Provide guidance and/or project leadership for cross functional project teams
  • Lead process development and plant support as needed
  • Participate in evaluation of new business opportunities as needed
  • Provide guidance to laboratory personnel for safe laboratory practices


Job Qualifications

  • PhD in Organic Chemistry with 7 or more years of industrial experience in multi-step organic synthesis and process implementation.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical development required
  • Operational knowledge of analytical instrumentation
  • Supervisory experience required
  • Familiarity with cGMP regulations
  • Strong command of chemical literature is required
  • Project management experience strongly preferred
  • Windows based computer knowledge

    Cambrex Charles City offers an extraordinary opportunity, a competitive salary, and an exceptional benefits package including medical, dental, vision care and prescription, life, LTD, STD; 401(k) with employer match; tuition reimbursement; and the ‘Arthur I. Mendolia Scholarship Program.’ Relocation assistance will be offered for this position. Post offer physical and drug screen are required. Cambrex Charles City, Inc. is a smoke-free work environment. Interested candidates should submit a resume online at: you for your interest in Cambrex Charles City!

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Key Words:

Organic Chemistry
Synthetic Chemistry