Thermo Fisher Scientific Sr. Director, R&D Microarrays Technology in Santa Clara, California

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Sr. Director, R&D- Microarrays will be leading a multi-disciplinary organization, across the Microarray platform, providing technical focus and insight, and driving product development to meet product roadmap objectives. This individual will work across clinical business programs for both marketed products and products under development, and will also serve as a key contributor to the Microarray global strategy development plan. The Sr. Director, R&D will focus on several key areas of responsibility, including leading, coaching and developing the Microarray R&D team including molecular biologists, bioinformaticians and biologists, ranging from BS to PhD level and with varying years of professional experience. This individual will also act as a key internal technical leader between bioinformatics, software development, manufacturing, marketing, customer support and other product development groups within the Genetic Sciences Division. In addition, this individual will have oversight of all Microarray KOL collaborations.

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Microarray solutions include whole genome chromosomal microarrays, gene expression products and RNA-ISH tissue pathology products.

Key Components

The Sr. Director, R&D will have responsibility for providing direction and focus to meet or exceed the Microarray business unit as follows

Product Commercialization

  • Proven track record of successfully launching global life sciences and/or diagnostic products

  • Experience with multiple systems solutions e.g., instrument, reagents, and assays

  • Experience interacting with remote factories in launching new NPI’s

Diagnostic Expertise

  • A good understanding of the field of molecular diagnostics using MicroArray technologies. Experience with the development of molecular diagnostic assays under FDA-mandated Design Control

  • Manage multi-disciplinary teams to drive multiple assay development programs from their inception to their FDA/ CE-IVD clearance

Strategic Acumen

  • Gains alignment to support goals by integrating R&D and other disciplines such as Marketing and Product Management using a partnering and consultative approach. Effectively engages as an external liaison with customers to grow new Microarray business opportunities

Global Customer Focus

  • Builds strong customer relationships that enables the delivery of global customer-centric solutions

  • Able to apply customer and marketplace knowledge to advance the revenue and market share of the Microarray business unit

People Leadership

  • Builds R&D leadership bench strength and orchestrates movement of associates to the right projects in order to optimize output of new content.

  • Builds a great team and great culture across Genetic Sciences Division and the Microarray business unit

  • Attracts, engages, develops, and retains top talent at all levels of the Microarray organization

  • Inspires, influences, and empowers employees across the matrix (both direct and indirect teams globally) to overachieve objectives

  • Decisive leader with ability to lead and empower teams to develop impactful short and long-term strategies and action plans and drive for results

  • Initiates and leads Microarray R&D talent development initiatives including talent review (HRR), recruiting, performance management, and training and development programs and initiatives

Key Selection Factors

The ideal candidate will have

  • PhD in Life Science and a minimum of 10+ years’ of Senior level management experience within the life science and clinical diagnostic industry, specifically Microarray technology

  • Strong team leadership and group management skills.

  • Proven global diagnostics experience

  • Ability to leverage the Microarray R&D portfolio against strategy and lead the right product roadmap

  • Proven success in driving system development and medical device manufacturing project in a leadership role

  • Must be a good team builder who can effectively and efficiently grow the organization to meet business goals

  • A partnering, consultative and open manner is key to success in this role.

  • Molecular Diagnostics experience required

  • Strong reproductive health and oncology background preferred

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