Associate Director, R&D in San Diego, CA

$150K - $200K(Ladders Estimates)

Pacira Pharmaceuticals   •  

San Diego, CA 92101

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


11 - 15 years

Posted 53 days ago

Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. Our in-depth knowledge of non-opioid pain management, coupled with our passion for advancing patient care, drives our commitment to providing solutions that address unmet medical needs and improve clinical results. Pacira BioSciences currently has an opening for a Associate Director, R&D.

The Associate Director, R&D provides subject matter expertise in the process science, development and scale-up of liposomal baseddrug products for preclinical and clinical development to eventual process commercialization. In addition, this role may oversee technology transfer of clinical and commercial processes to equivalently scaled systems for purpose of capacity expansion. The Senior Manager will oversee implementation and planning of high level project goals and understand the quality and regulatory requirements at each stage of development.

-High capacity to quickly learn and apply new scientific and technological information

-Experience with formulation chemistry and process development to achieve manufacture of preclinical and clinical study materials

-Provide leadership and guidance in the design and execution of process development activities appropriate for the developmental stage to meet product development timelines.

-Troubleshoot and address technical challenges encountered in process development and in support of clinical and commercial manufacture

-Manage, mentor and develop junior staff to form highly productive team members

Demonstrated results-driven leadership, and managerial skills, especially in execution of complex projects.

-Excellent skills in planning, organization, coordination, control, attention to detail, decision-making, and execution.

-Ability to initiate and manage multiple responsibilities with a high degree of flexibility, self-motivation, independence.

-Ability to work effectively through delegation and achieve success in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.

-Excellent critical thinking and problem solving abilities and ability to grasp complex concepts and systems

-Excellent written, presentation and communication skills to quickly and clearly convey information

-Assist in preparation of documents for regulatory submissions

-Maintain cooperative working relationships with other departments (e.g. QC, QA, analytical development, regulatory).


-M.S or PhD in chemical engineering or relevant field of study from an accredited college or university with at least 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries with progressively more responsibilities in development and management. Prior experience in process development of new drugs.

-Sound scientific approach to experimental design, ability to think critically, summarize data, troubleshoot problems, and make the connection between chemistry and process changes.

-Proficient in the use of and well versed in process development, in-process testing and the maintenance of process equipment.

-Strong organizational skills (e.g. daily tasks, documentation, archived information).

-Strong interpersonal skills (e.g. working with members of other teams to achieve shared goals).

-Proficient in the use of computers and widely used workplace applications (e.g. Microsoft Office, Outlook, graphing software, etc.).

-Hands-on approach with a strategic and operational focus; capable decision maker in the execution of responsibilities with a highdegree of flexibility to adapt to company and industry changes. Collaborative leader able to operate effectively and with a strong sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment.

-Organized problem solving and troubleshooting skills (e.g. rational progression of investigation)

-Thorough understanding of the chemical and physical principals upon which formulation, process development and analytical methodology is based.

-Proficient at creating and communicating a clear vision among team members effectively aligning resources and activities to achieve functional area and/or organizational goals.

-Excellent documentation skills (e.g. notebook, reports).

-Good communicator: direct, effective, clear, concise, well organized and appropriate. (e.g. able to participate in scientific discussions and written interactions).

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Valid Through: 2019-9-24