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Instrumentation Laboratory - Bedford Staff Scientist – New Product Development Lead in Bedford, Massachusetts


Werfen, founded in 1966, is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and distributor of specialized diagnostic instruments, related reagents, automation workcells, and data management solutions for use primarily in hospitals and independent clinical laboratories. The Company’s business lines include Hemostasis, Acute Care, and Autoimmunity diagnostics, as well as Original Equipment Manufacturing. Our success comes from a specific focus in these rapidly evolving diagnostic areas, our commitment to customers, and our dedication to innovation and quality. We’re passionate about providing healthcare professionals the most valuable and complete solutions to improve hospital efficiency and enhance patient care.

Our North American Commercial Operations, as well as our Headquarters and Technology Center for Hemostasis and Acute Care Diagnostics, are based in Bedford, MA. Our Headquarters and Technology Center for Autoimmunity Diagnostics is based in San Diego, CA. Additionally, our Technology Center for Hemostasis and Blood Gas Reagents is in Orangeburg, NY, and our Technology Center for Whole Blood Hemostasis is in San Diego, CA.

Position Summary

Recognized, within and outside the company, as an expert in one or more technical areas. Identifies and evaluates new areas of technology, methods and concepts which benefit the company by leading to innovative products. Makes decisions and recommendations that have significant impact.

The Staff Scientist will also be responsible for the development of all hemostasis related aspects of the Werfen next generation fully automated Hemostasis workflow (including integrated assay on new hardware and software, application parameters and test definitions, cartridge reagents specifications) as part of a new high throughput diagnostic platform. The Staff Scientist will have dotted line management responsibilities for a team of scientists in the matrix role of Analytical Core Team Lead for the development of a new high throughput Hemostasis diagnostic platformThe Staff Scientist will be responsible to deliver all technical performance aspects of the hemostasis testing workflow as defined by the Analytical Product Requirement Document as well as to work collaboratively in highly cross-disciplinary and cross-functional setting interfacing to Engineering functions as well as Quality, Regulatory, Clinical and Medical.

Key Accountabilities

Essential Functions:

· Applies new technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts to solve problems in original and creative ways.

· Plans, budgets and estimates R&D scientific and engineering efforts required to investigate, improve, modify or adapt new technology and concepts to future company products.

· Works with minimal direction toward predetermined medium range goals. Work is self-directed.

· Directs the work of lower level scientists and engineers.

· Makes technical decisions that affect goals critical to major objectives.

· Prepares technical papers for publication and/or presentation and maintains comprehensive knowledge of scientific literature and competitive products.

· Serves as organization consultant and spokesperson on specialized projects or programs.

· Performs other related duties as position requires.

Secondary Functions:

Internal Networking/Key Relationships

· Responsible for cross-functional collaboration for technical solutions in new product development and released product support projects.

· Frequent inter-organizational and outside contacts. May represent the company to outside organizations on technical issues.

Skills & Capabilities:

· Technical leadership, problem solving skills, effective time management, team management, effective in building cross-functional relationships and effective communication.

· Duties require broad use and application of scientific principles, theories and concepts in field of expertise.

· Ability to work under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range goals.

· Must demonstrate the ability to perform all duties and responsibilities higher than Senior Principal Scientist level.

Werfen People Manager Competencies:

The following competencies form part of the competency model for People Manager at Werfen and form part of our mindset around People Management and Leadership. We expect all People Managers of Werfen not only to demonstrate, but also to constantly continue to develop, the following competencies:

  • Building Talent: Planning and supporting the development of individuals’ knowledge, skills, and abilities so that they can fulfill current or future job responsibilities more effectively.

  • Customer Focus: Ensuring that the internal or external customer’s perspective is a driving force behind strategic priorities, business decisions, organizational processes, and individual activities, crafting and implementing service practices that meet customers’ and own organization’s needs; promoting and operationalizing customer service as a value.

  • Decision Making: Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probable consequences.

  • Driving for Results: Setting high goals for personal and group accomplishment; using measurement methods to monitor progress toward goals; tenaciously working to meet or exceed goals while deriving satisfaction from that achievement and continuous improvement.

  • Driving Innovation: Creating an environment (culture) that inspires people to generate novel solutions with measurable value for existing and potential customers (internal or external) ; encouraging experimentation with new ways to solve work problems and seize opportunities that result in unique and differentiated solutions.

  • Emotional Intelligence Essentials: Establishing and sustaining trusting relationships by accurately perceiving and interpreting own and others’ emotions and behavior; leveraging insights to effectively manage own responses so that one’s behavior matches one’s values and delivers intended results.

Minimum Knowledge & Experience Required:

· Education: Knowledge acquired through a Master’s or a Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering or related fields

· Experience:

o Master’s plus 10 years of relevant experience or

o Ph.D. degree plus 7 years of relevant experience

o Product or project specific experience may be a substitute for higher degree.

· Additional Skills/Knowledge:

o Strong oral and written communication skills.

o Duties require broad use and application of scientific principles, theories and concepts in field of expertise.

o Must demonstrate the ability to perform all duties and responsibilities similar to or higher than Senior Principal Scientist level.

· Primary Requirements:

o Excellent understanding of the underlying technical principles of diagnostic assays and automated workflows (ideally hemostasis assays or blood-based assays), associated instrumentation platforms and data analysis and interpretation algorithms

o Mandatory experience in diagnostic assay-based technologies (ideally hemostasis or blood-based assays) and product development (chemistry and hardware) with a documented record of success in the life sciences and/or molecular diagnostics market

o Strong management skills with a track record of increasing responsibilities and the management of medium to large groups in matrix format; international experience preferred

o Very good troubleshooting and problem solving skills

o Proven leadership and successful decision-making qualities

o Preferred intellectual property protection skills

International Mobility:

· Required: No

Travel requirements:

· Approximately 10% of time

o Very good troubleshooting and problem solving skills

o Proven leadership and successful decision-making qualities

o Preferred intellectual property protection skills

Werfen appreciates and values diversity. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V

We operate directly in over 30 countries, and in more than 100 territories through distributors. Annual revenue is approximately $2 billion and more than 5,000 employees around the world comprise our Werfen team.

Job ID: 2022-5109

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Street: 180 Hartwell Road