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Director, R&D

Reference Number: 2895
Location: East Coast

Our client is a leading pharmaceutical company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Director, R&D.

The Director, R&D will oversee antibody drug conjugate (ADC) drug development, reporting to the VP for Oncology Research.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Applies expertise in ADCs and cancer drug development to lead research, technology development, and project advancement from discovery through early clinical studies.
  • Manages a staff of 10-15 Ph.D. and non-Ph.D. scientists, and contributes to overall operation of the Oncology Research department.
  • May lead one or more ADC projects and supervise and coach project leaders.
  • Extensive cross-functional interaction, participation in setting strategy and project portfolio governance, and communication to senior Research leadership.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in relevant discipline (e.g., cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry) and 6 years of experience.
  • Extensive expertise and experience in discovery, optimization, and development of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for cancer, including target selection, ADC construction, and preclinical and clinical testing.
  • Ability to lead cross-function drug discovery projects, with track record of successfully advancing one or more such projects.
  • Proven skills in managing research scientists, including Associate Scientists, Ph.D.’s, and project leaders.
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix environment, working with colleagues across several departments to effectively advance projects and technology development.
  • Extensive experience across all phases of drug discovery, from target selection to candidate drug development to early clinical testing, including translational biology.
  • Broad and deep knowledge of cancer biology, including cancer targets, signal transduction, in vitro and in vivo models, and understanding of different cancer types including solid tumors and hematologic malignancies.
  • Track record of effectively managing successful external collaboration with both industry and academia.
  • Strong publication record and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences, including presentations at scientific conferences.
  • Demonstrated abilities to define and implement research strategy and set priorities.
  • Record of innovation and ability to identify and develop new technologies.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, interactive environment and adapt quickly to change.


Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with one of the world’s leading companies? If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 2895. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.