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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Team Leader Pharmaceutical Science, General Chapters in Rockville, Maryland

Team Leader Pharmaceutical Science, General Chapters

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Job Description

This is a management position in the General chapters department within the Science Division, providing scientific and professional leadership for a core activity at USP. The incumbent is responsible for leading technical staff in the development and revision of general chapters in the USP-NF , in the area of Packaging and distribution; Microbiology, and Dosage forms and supports the pertinent USP Expert Committees and associated Expert Panels.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provides scientific and professional leadership to SLs working in the area of Packaging and distribution; Microbiology, and Dosage forms general chapters development and revision in accordance with established SOPs, business practices and procedures;

  • Provides support to the USP Expert Committee; monitors Work Plan activities and facilitates progress;

  • Manages staff workload, deliverables and output; provides updates to the department Director ;

  • Advises direct reports on general chapters development and revision strategies;

  • Prepares and conducts performance reviews for direct reports;

  • Develops goals and related performance plans for direct reports;

  • Participates in USP-based teams or committees to support business practices and initiatives;

  • Participates in the development of manuscripts for publication by USP (e.g., Stimuli articles) or in peer-reviewed journals;

  • Represents USP at scientific conferences/meetings, and other events sponsored by USP and/or pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies;

  • Participates in the teaching and/or development of USP’s professional education course materials, as needed;

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or allied field with a minimum of 10 years, or M.S. and 12 years of relevant experience with USP-NF tests and standards required.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience supervising, leading teams, training, or mentoring of other staff members. Exceptional knowledge of compendial standards related to pharmaceutical products/industry also required as is knowledge of regulatory requirements and guidelines for pharmaceuticals (e.g., FDA, ICH, etc). An equivalent combination of experience and education may be substituted.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated technical leadership and people management skills is essential.

  • Demonstrated stakeholder collaboration experience, with the ability to quickly develop and manage internal and extern111al relationships and contacts.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to develop and deliver presentations to Senior Management and the entire organization.

  • Demonstrated research, technical, and analytical skills, as well as the ability to take highly technical scientific information and make strategic recommendations quickly.

  • Ability to develop and implement training plans. Demonstrated experience managing and participating in multiple projects. Able to drive the standards setting process with diplomacy and enthusiasm.

Supervisory Responsibilities

3 – 5 Scientific Liaisons

USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

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Job Category Scientific