Senior Manager, Research & Development

Exact Sciences Corporation
San Diego, CA
Closing date
Jan 24, 2022

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Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Senior Manager, Research & Development is responsible for planning, executing, managing, and completing projects associated with developing new technologies, new products, or improving existing products. This position provides clear leadership to the team by working to define clear and realistic goals, clearing barriers to success, developing a general management view of the project and how it fits into the strategic landscape, and understanding of all the skills and tasks associated with successful project execution which are complex in scope. This position exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and procedures to determine appropriate action or in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining solutions. This position is also responsible for supporting a collaborative environment that promotes positive teamwork where all members are working for the good of Exact Sciences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide leadership to the project teams and foster a culture of teamwork.

• Gather input from collaborators, partners, team members, and suppliers to define goals and establishes a path to meeting those goals.

• Design and/or prepare research/study plans, and analyze and interpret complex data to achieve technical project specifications.

• Contribute technical knowledge to improve laboratory capabilities in R&D.

• Present clear project summaries in written and verbal formats to internal and external scientific and management teams.

• Participate in technical decisions, identify problems, investigate alternatives, and recommend possible courses of action.

• Collaborate cross-functionally with Pipeline, Clinical Affairs, Regulatory, Quality Control, and other teams to support and improve processes and procedures that drive quality and productivity.

• Work to resolve complex technical issues related to manufacturing and quality control.

• Assess and resolve any issues related to raw materials and/or develop new processes to improve reliability of incoming materials.

• Guide design of experiments for the team.

• Prepare reports and analysis of results as related to product/process development and improvement.

• Utilize excellent verbal and written communication skills to convey important messages and drive focus through a variety of communication methods.

• Report status of assigned projects to Senior Management.

• Organize, present, and convey complex problems and information at project meetings and across other functions.

• May present findings at scientific meetings or to customers.

• May contribute to articles for publication.

• Stay abreast of scientific and technology development in the field as it pertains to research and development of new products, processes, or procedures.

• Contribute ideas for new product initiatives, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis.

• Ensure team lab notebooks are completed properly following all legal, ISO, and QSR requirements.

• Supervise staff including but not limited to organize and prioritize work, write/conduct performance reviews, train/develop, and manage work performance Communicates goals clearly to employees to ensure understanding and success in achieving them.

• Motivate and inspire employees to do their best work through coaching.

• Maintain morale and support employee engagement initiatives.

• Ability to apply statistical analysis methods and software such as JMP.

• Ability to partner effectively with colleagues across multiple functions and at all levels of the enterprise.

• Ability to effectively contribute toward team goals.

• Ability to effectively work on many complex and varied projects at one time, while navigating and adapting to ambiguous and changing plans and circumstances.

• Ability to apply strong attention to detail, analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills.

• Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.

• Support and comply with the company's Quality Management System policies and procedures.

• Regular and reliable attendance.

• Ability to work nights and/or weekends as needed.

• Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 60% of a typical working day.

• Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.

• Ability and means to travel between Exact Sciences locations.

• Ability to travel 5% of working time away from work location, may include overnight/weekend travel.


Minimum Qualifications

• PhD in Life Sciences, Mathematics, or related field; or Master's degree in Life Sciences, Mathematics, or related field and 4 years of experience in lieu of PhD; or Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences, Mathematics, or related field and 6 years of experience in lieu of PhD.

• 8+ years of work experience in medical device/IVD, biotech, life science or pharmaceutical industry.

• 5+ years of industry experience in biology and/or chemistry.

• 2+ years of supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to hire, lead, develop, and train direct reports effectively.

• Demonstrated knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology, next-generation sequencing (NGS), and related sciences.

• Proficient computer skills to include Internet navigation, Email usage, and word processing.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office to include Excel, and Word.

• Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

• Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

• 10+ years of work experience in medical device/IVD, biotech, life science, or pharmaceutical industry.

• Experience in research and development with managing a team of scientists.

• Experience working in a pharmaceutical or biotech manufacturing environment, preferably in a GMP and/or ISO environment.

• Experience in product development or technical support.

• Experience in PCR and molecular biology.

• Experience working with genomic databases and software.

• Demonstrated knowledge of DNA/RNA purification.

• Experience containing a substantial amount of laboratory work including troubleshooting.

• Experience working in a molecular diagnostics/clinical laboratory setting.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company's affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.

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