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Research and Development Planner


Charles City, IA, USA


Commercial Operations

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Position Summary:

The Research and Development Planner will schedule and prioritize R&D resources within the Analytical Development (AD) and Chemical Development (CD) and is a full time position reporting to the Director of New Product Development and Analytical Services.  The R&D Planner will meet with AD and CD Group Leaders, Project Management, clients and Production to communicate project status, identify critical scopes of work, and track progress against projected deadlines.


Accountabilities and Responsibilities:


The R&D Planner duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create and maintain a long and short term R&D schedule based on project load and resource availability
  • Coordinate with laboratory Supervisors, Group Leaders, and Managers to appropriately assign resources for task completion
  • Develop and maintain a dashboard system which visually represents adherence to the R&D schedule and highlights areas of urgent need
  • Update the R&D schedule as needed based on changes that might impact schedule
  • Use an appropriate scheduling tool to track and plan the flow of documents between the research groups, other Cambrex sites and clients
  • Work with all Cambrex sites to provide logistical support and track progress against agreed upon timelines
  • Establish and track reasonable timing for routine task execution
  • Review business proposals for potential projects and generate timing estimates for R&D scopes of work
  • Other activities relating to assigned departmental missions not specifically detailed in this section


All employees are required to adhere to DEA, EPA, FDA, ICH and cGMP regulations and guidelines as they relate to the operation of the company in addition to adhering to all company safety rules and procedures.  All employees are expected to report to work regularly and promptly.  Other duties relating to departmental mission, not specifically detailed in this section may be assigned.



  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
  • High school degree required, with a minimum of 3 years of pharmaceutical experience in a cGMP environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Proficiency in Excel required, experience with other scheduling software is beneficial
  • Ability to work in a team environment