Group Leader - Medicinal Chemistry Require at EMD Serono, Division of Merck & Co.

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EMD Serono, Inc. is proud to belong to the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world. With a history spanning more than 300 years, our parent company, Merck KGaA, still operates successfully in both sectors. We are known in the United States as EMD, a name that stands for Emmanuel Merck, Darmstadt, heralding back to our roots in Germany.

Post: Group Leader - Medicinal Chemistry

Job Description:
Purpose of the Role
The purpose of this position is to provide scientific leadership and drug discovery/medicinal chemistry expertise to a group of direct reports that support multiple lead discovery and lead optimization projects.  Develops and takes ownership of various aspects and strategic initiatives within the medicinal chemistry function.  May serve as Discovery Project Leader for various NCE programs, or as Target Chemist within one or more Project Teams. Must have proven track of effective project leadership within cross-functional teams, including decision making, influencing, integrating input, communicating effectively, and managing highly performing project teams. Must be able to critique, prioritize and give credible scientific input on new concepts, molecular designs and other ideas coming from his/her group, or other groups within the function.  In addition he/she is expected to propose and often implement creative solutions to experiments or entire approaches.
Hires, directs, and develops qualified scientific staff and ensures that projects are accomplished on time and within budget.  Must able to manage the performance of his/her group effectively resulting in highest productivity, creativity and efficiency.  Demonstrates ability to contribute on various aspects outside own scientific area, and is able to collaborate with stakeholders from all relevant functions.

Main Interfaces
Develops and maintains strong awareness of external scientific and technological advances in the field of drug discovery.  Develops contacts with thought leaders, professional organizations, and institutions. Represents EMD Serono chemistry externally.
Maintains strong interactions with external collaborators, CROs, consultants etc.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities
Manages a group of medicinal chemists.  Sets priorities, manages performance and quality, coaches/mentors a group of 2-8 scientists.  Helps the development of his/her group, and takes measures to create a group environment that allows innovation and ensures high productivity and laboratory safety.
Provides scientific expertise and leadership within his/her group, but also within the entire global NCE Tech function, and across other functions.  He/She is able to integrate multiple complex data sets, analyze/interpret them and propose solutions.   
Communicates very effectively in written and oral form.  He/she is able to write high quality complete scientific reports, publications and has excellent presentation and public speaking skills.  He/She is able to critique scientific presentations/reports in professional and credible manner.  Represents and increases the reputation of EMD Serono in external scientific meetings. Communicates and collaborates effectively with CROs, consultants and other external organizations.

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