Manager, Research & Development
GW Pharmaceuticals
Kent Science Park, UK
1d ago

Job Purpose

Provide effective leadership to the project team in planning, coordination and delivery of drug development projects to meet business objectives.


  • Provide detailed line management of the team.
  • Ensure development tasks within the group are on track in accordance with project timelines.
  • Proactively works with Regulatory team for defining requirements for regulatory submissions.
  • Foster and maintains a high degree of innovation and forward-thinking within the team.
  • Ensure that the overall health, safety, security and environmental protection levels are kept to a high standard in the group.
  • The job holder is responsible for maintaining cGxP and H&S knowledge applicable to the role.

  • Provide management of a multi-disciplinary team within Technical R&D.
  • Coordinates and schedules detailed planning for team research and development activities for GW projects.
  • Selection and development of suitable staff and equipment for pharmaceutical and analytical process development.
  • Supports technical interactions with external contract research organisations to partner with GW on R&D activities.
  • Authors new procedures and documentation to facilitate effective work within the group.
  • Acts occasionally as subject matter expert in regulatory audit preparations and responses during review as required.
  • Implements and maintains appropriate quality standards across the group.
  • Maintaining current awareness in the areas of Pharmaceutical and Analytical sciences, Quality and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Promotes a culture of excellence in health, safety, security and environmental areas, making sure that risks are assessed and managed within the group.
  • Coach and mentor members of the team as required.

  • Degree level or above in a chemical or pharmaceutical subject.
  • Relevant experience in the management of people in scientific teams conducting pharmaceutical / analytical / chemical research and development.
  • Experience of successfully leading a team.
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards within the Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • cGxP awareness within an R&D environment.
  • Skills :

  • A scientific approach to data with a high level of numeracy and statistics with excellent attention to detail.
  • Well-developed technical writing and presenting skills.
  • Experience in at least one area of drug development, with awareness of Quality by Design approach in pharmaceutical development.
  • Strong IT skills and ability to use all key packages (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Project) to produce, present and analyse data and produce compelling materials for internal and external use.
  • Good communications skills with an ability to adapt style and content to address the particular needs of the situation or audience.
  • Can lead both internal and external meetings effectively.
  • Strong team working skills acts as an inspirational team leader and is a supportive colleague.
  • Attributes and Behaviours :

  • Displays the attributes encompassed in the GW Values.
  • Influences others to display high levels of integrity.
  • Acts as a role model for the team.
  • Builds positive relationships within and outside the department
  • Leads the efforts for change within the team. Is adaptable to changing deadlines and priorities from the business.
  • Influences other managers within the department to achieve high standards of quality and excellence.
  • Supports and implements a culture of learning and development, accountability and empowerment in their team.
  • Proactive attitude to safety and quality

    Ideally the job holder :

  • Will have experience in the development of medicines through clinical trials.
  • Will have experience in managing a group (circa 5 people)
  • Will have experience with synthetic and / or botanical products
  • Will have experience with statistical procedures and software, particularly DoE and multivariate analysis
  • Will have experience contributing to regulatory submissions.
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