R&D Supervisor

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Job Details

  • Location: Carpinteria, CA, 93013
  • Date Posted: 4 weeks ago
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Category: Admin/Clerical
  • Req Number: RM4016373
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Internal requirements

The R&D Supervisor, Companion Diagnostics (CDx), oversees the work of the group of scientific and technical staff and works in a cross-functional team that develops tailored companion in vitro diagnostic assays in support of clinical trials testing new, targeted anti-cancer drugs. The Dako brand within Agilent Technologies is one of the leaders in the field of companion diagnostics, and we partner with pharmaceutical companies to bring their precision medicine drugs to market. The R&D Supervisor works closely with experts in R&D, project management, business development and operations, clinical science, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, and quality assurance to develop accurate, robust, and precise assays.

Job Function:

The R&D Supervisor oversees a CDx product development team or workstream and is responsible for a portion of our portfolio of complex and business-critical Companion Diagnostics projects. The Supervisor works closely with their Manager, R&D line staff, other R&D Supervisors, Histology and Pathologists, project managers, and functional departments. The R&D Supervisor may also work with external partners, specifically pharmaceutical companies, under the direction of their manager.

A) Organizational

The R&D Supervisor oversees a staff of approximately 3-6 Scientists, Research Associates, and Research Assistants.

B) Span of control and authority

This position will have overall responsibility for resource allocation, directing, executing, and coordinating designated projects between Agilent and its partners to ensure that the objectives of projects are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and within budget, and to assure that products meet all Design Control requirements and product Specifications.

The Supervisor has signature authorization for expenses up to $1,000.

C) Communication/Contacts:

Internal: The R&D Supervisor will work closely with project managers, line managers, cross-functional departments, and external partners.

External: The R&D Supervisor may work closely with external partners, including pharmaceutical companies, sub-contractors, research collaborators, clinical research organizations, and clinical laboratory customers, and may participate in meetings with regulatory and quality compliance agencies, including the FDA, and compliance auditors and/or inspectors.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervise a team of Scientists, Research Associates, and Research Assistants who participate as key contributors in project teams.
  • Lead, drive and deliver expected results according to agreed project scope, cost, quality, and timeline milestones.
  • Identify any issues that may delay the product or project and recommend appropriate action to be taken.
  • Control costs and expenses according to budget, deliver on milestones and participate in scoping project change requests.
  • Performance management set staff objectives and recommends staff development initiatives to managers.
  • Research, develop and apply systems to develop immunohistochemistry assays, in situ hybridization assays, and possibly molecular biology-based assays.
  • Define and design the optimal development path for each product within our workflow and adhere to our quality management system framework.
  • Ensure that the team is supported to execute all development activities, including planning and execution of experiments, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting on these activities.
  • Develop and ensure a culture of success through collaboration with your team and across the CDx organization
  • Help prioritize resources and communicate resource needs to management.
  • Work with the development team to establish standardized standard methodologies and processes for Verification and Validation studies.
  • Participate in evaluating and reporting results, including troubleshooting.
  • Provides input to risk management, and human factors engineering and drive quality initiatives and process efficiencies.
  • May participate in meetings internal and external to Agilent that enables the growth of CDx business.
  • May be assigned a role of Design Responsible or Device Responsible for CDx development projects.
  • Under the guidance of their manager, assists to define and implement Leadership Survey action plans.
  • Able to conduct an internal and external presentation.
  • Exemplifies Agilent’s Values.

Note: As part of Agilent’s Flexible Workplace program, this is going to be a Hybrid position – 60% onsite 40% remote