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Rekrytering diagnostik
R&D Director

H&P Search & Interim is, under strict confidentiality, recruiting a R&D Director on behalf of our client in Uppsala, Sweden.

About the company

Swedish biotech company founded as a spin-off from Uppsala University. Our expertise is based on understanding viruses and using this knowledge to create research tools and clinical diagnostics. Today our focus is on HIV but our methods and expertise can be applied to other viruses. The company also provides tools and kits for virus research to many of the world’s leading labs. The head office is in Uppsala, Sweden and there are sales offices in South Africa, India and USA. Our customers include hospitals, patient clinics, private laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and research institutions worldwide. The company is ISO13485 certified for quality management systems.

Key responsibilities for the R&D Director

  • Take active part in the management team and provide leadership, direction and mentorship for the R&D function
  • Manage (lead, motivate, develop and evaluate) direct reports assigned to department, ensuring the correct application of tools and policies on training, career path and evaluations and inputs to compensation systems
  • Manage the R&D budget
  • Be the “owner” of the ongoing R&D project pipeline and future projects to be initiated
  • Initiate, plan, prioritize and allocate all R&D activities including financial and human resources
  • Implement technological strategies, system capabilities and process control tools to ensure successful development and launch of new tests/products in agreed areas (expansion of current areas as well as new areas) with robust performance and manufacturability, on time and within budget
  • Adopt and customize the company’s technology and operating platform to support new tests/products, according to disease area needs
  • Effectively communicate department or area issues and results within and across functional areas and conducting presentations of details and/or technical information concerning specific projects or timelines
  • Lead by example, developing and mentoring R&D team on product development methodology, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and encourage creativity in the R&D team
  • Ensure timely and consistent communication to stakeholders (CEO, management team and board) on progress, risk management and change management associated with technology and R&D portfolio
  • Direct and maintain the R&D quality system program; promote and facilitate continuous quality improvement
  • Collaborate with the founder and scientific adviser, in relation to scientific communication, IP strategy, patents, grant applications, clinical trials etc.
  • Contact vs the research -and clinical community, ensuring the company is in the forefront when it comes to research and clinical trials as well as knowing how, when, where and why the company´s technology is being used

Managerial for the R&D Director

The R&D Director will be managing a group of >10 senior scientists and staff scientists. Half of them are academics with a PhD´s in molecular biology or immunology and the other half are scientists from the industry. A large portion have been with Cavidi for many years and have been involved from the very beginning, developing the technology.

Education/Experience/Qualification for the R&D Director

  • Advanced degree in science (Biology, Chemistry) required, preferred PhD
  • Minimum 10 years of R&D experience with a background in the IVD/medical diagnostic industry
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct product development and launch experience
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in R&D managerial roles
  • Deep understanding of the the company´s technology or very similar technology/system in molecular biology
  • Fluent English and Swedish skills in speaking, writing and understanding

The ideal candidate for this role will have experience in new concept and product development. S/he will have a strong working knowledge of design controls, QSR and all relevant regulatory requirements for the design, development and commercialization of medical diagnostic technologies and products. S/he achieves objectives of technology innovation and product development, after consideration of time, cost and performance standards. S/he applies all relevant international regulations/norms/standards.

Required competencies for the R&D Director

In order to be successful, the candidate excels in the following competences:

  • Influence
  • People management
  • Innovation
  • Networking
  • Effective communication

The following competences are desirable:

  • Analysis & judgement
  • Steadiness

Mindset & intrapersonal skills for the R&D Director

  • Excellent organizational, collaborative and leadership skills with demonstrated track record
  • Ability to make and prioritize process and resource decisions based on overall team and organizational needs
  • Outstanding learning, analytic, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Result focused & customer -and business orientation
  • High level of commitment and personal integrity
  • Ability to challenge existing technology, priorities and projects
  • “Bold and brave” attitude when it comes to leadership, risk management & prioritization’s
  • Promoting a mutual respect environment humble to each and everyone’s skills and experiences, at company´s best
  • Comfortable in an early stage company with a focus on flexibility, ability to multi-task, attention to detail, good follow-up and judgment
  • Project management and solid process management skills to assure assignments meet timelines, are managed and known to relevant parties
  • Capability to promote teamwork/collaboration, together with an attitude to measure performances by KPIs
  • As a person, you should be curious and prestige less
  • Out-of-the box thinking and drive for excellence is expected

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