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Johnson Matthey Associate Director, Chemical Development in US - Devens, Massachusetts

Associate Director, Chemical Development

LocationUS - Devens, MA


Requisition Number10176

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Johnson Matthey (‘JM’) is a global leader in science that enables a cleaner and healthier world. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the function, performance and safety of our customers’ products. Our science has a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing and making the most efficient use of the planet’s natural resources. Today more than 14,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference to the world around us.

We have an exciting leadership opportunity at our facility in Devens, MA. The Associate Director, Chemical Development will oversee a group of process chemists and engineers to deliver on JM’s portfolio of Innovator and Generic projects. The process development team focuses on designing efficient, robust and scalable chemical processes that can be moved rapidly from the laboratory to the manufacturing plant.

The successful candidate will be responsible for guiding the chemical development team by providing mentorship, technical guidance and growth opportunities to scientific staff. This role will lead the day-to-day operations of a team of Chemical Development scientists with a focus on synthetic route design, optimization, process characterization, modelling, tech transfer and scale-up. This will require an expert level of understanding of API development and cGMP, API SM and GTI control strategies, and the ability to build and sustain a high-performing team. . As a strong communicator, this individual will partner with other department leaders both locally and globally.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities span all areas of development including Commercial Process Development, Process Characterization, Technology Transfer & Process Performance Qualification (PPQ) / Validation.

  • Develop industrially relevant and reliable procedures to control the purity, polymorphism, particle size and distribution and bulk properties of API by means of suitable technologies like crystal engineering, milling, spray-drying etc.

  • Ensures that staff performance & career development are effectively managed

  • Ensures that staff are qualified by education, experience and/or training to successfully perform their professional duties to the highest standards

  • Actively ‘directs research’ via leadership presence in the R&D labs, scale-up lab and plant in addition to scientific reviews & external partner engagement

  • Authors, reviews and/or approves technical reports and regulatory documents

  • Authors, reviews and/or approves departmental guidance documents or SOPs

  • Applies knowledge of GMP and technical problem solving to support scale-up and tech transfer activities across the manufacturing network

  • Oversees the design & execution of unit operations and helps to develop appropriate scale-down models for key unit operations and reactions

  • Organizes or participates in departmental committees to ensure that industry standards and best practices are applied

  • Routinely leads and/or contributes to risk assessments, Technical Review Gate meetings and Phase Reviews to advance the portfolio

  • Participates in resource & budget planning

  • Informs, consults & advises senior leadership appropriately

  • Identifies and drives Life Cycle Management opportunities including Cost of Goods and plant cycle time reductions as well as opportunities for disruptive innovation across the portfolio

  • Works with the JM Technology Center and R&D groups in Life Sciences Technologies as well as our partners in Manufacturing to advance and implement new synthetic methods and technologies (including chemo-catalysis, bio-catalysis, modelling, electrochemical synthesis & flow chemistry)

  • Promote & foster industry – academia collaborations to advance JM’s technology platforms or portfolio

  • Promotes the relentless pursuit of innovation and a continual learning culture

Are you the ideal candidate?

  • PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

  • 10+ years of academic, post-doctoral or pharmaceutical industry experience

  • Extensive experience in process development

  • Possesses ability to lead, coach and develop a team of multiple experience and skill levels. Exhibits an adaptive management style with an ability to positively resolve conflict

  • Demonstrates strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills. Possesses the ability to write clear and concise technical reports, presentations, and business correspondence

  • Strong business acumen

  • Sound knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)

  • Ability to define problems, collect relevant data, recognize patterns, and draw conclusions from disparate information streams. Makes well informed decisions in a timely manner

  • Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team environment

  • Proven track record of scientific excellence through presentations at conferences and publication of peer reviewed manuscripts.


Johnson Matthey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Johnson Matthey does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by law.