Johnson & Johnson Careers

Head of Formulation Development (Associate Director)

Leiden, Netherlands

Job Description

Requisition ID: 1905727490W

Janssen Vaccines & Prevention, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, is dedicated to bringing meaningful innovation to global health. Our teams focus on the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of vaccines to protect people worldwide from infectious diseases.
In our organization, entrepreneurial people are working in a dynamic culture in which innovation and a 'can do' state of mind are the central points. We are continuously looking for enthusiastic, talented people who have the ambition to develop themselves and can be of value to Janssen. The offices of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention are located in Leiden.
We are currently recruiting for a Head Formulation Development
The Drug Product Development (DPD) department consists of five teams that work closely together: Formulation Development (FD), DP Process Development, DP operations, Formulation Science & Technology, and Technical Integrators. The DPD department develops the bulk drug substance and drug product formulations, the aseptic compounding and fill/finish processes (Leiden, The Netherlands). DPD manufactures DP in our Fill/Finish facility in Bern (Switzerland) and oversees DP manufacturing at Fill/Finish sites outside Janssen (Leiden, The Netherlands). The department is embedded in the broader Vaccine Process & Analytical Development (VPAD) organization and collaborates with the clinical (supply) teams to define the storage and distribution network, and to generate in-use stability data.
The FD group is responsible for the full trajectory of formulation development from early to late stage, ensuring optimal product stability and safety. Responsibilities include developing and optimizing complex formulations of investigational drug products, primary packaging, (novel) adjuvants, as well as conducting (clinical in-use) stability studies.
Job description
The individual manages the Formulation Development (FD) team (20 pp), connects and collaborates with different departments and organizations, and represents the DPD department in governance bodies as required.
Key responsibilities
  • Manage the FD activities for the CMC project portfolio and for continuous improvement projects, balancing supply and demand budgets.
  • Define, execute and adapt the functional strategy based on current and expected CMC projects, covering:
    • People (capacity & capabilities) & organizational structure
    • Infrastructure
    • Processes
  • Connects and collaborates with other teams within DPD and the Vaccine Process & Analytical Development (VPAD) organization as well as with other organizations within JnJ.
  • Cultivating internal and external relationships and partnerships.
  • Stimulate innovative problem solving and creation of Intellectual Property.
  • People leader skills: manages and improves team dynamics and supports personal development of the different team members
    • Coaches employees and is hands-on when needed.
    • Empowering of direct reports to act with speed, agility, and accountability
    • Supports a continuous improvement mindset.
    • Supports leadership trainings to enhance personal development and team dynamic.


Specific professional/technical requirements
Education: PhD or MSc in relevant discipline, like pharmaceutical sciences or (bio)chemistry
At least 8 to 10 years of (hands on) experience in formulation development or related areas, preferable in vaccines or large molecules and supplemented with experience as a line manager.
Languages: English and Dutch
Specific Knowledge: Understanding of the scientific and technological concepts behind the activities executed in the FD department, as well as knowledge of applicable quality and regulatory guidelines and industry standards. Working knowledge of HR and Finance systems and concepts.
Experience: extensive experience with the various aspects of formulation development (multiple product types), stability, vaccines, viruses, troubleshooting, scientific study design and data management, outsourcing, as well as extensive line management and project governance experience.
Competences: The candidate fit for the job is collaborative, enjoys working in a team, pro-active and flexible. Comfortable in scientific and strategic discussions. Business acumen, a scientific mindset able to translate into manufacturability. Excellent organizational and communication skills. People leader skills: manages and improves team dynamics and supports personal development of the different team members. The candidate has a high level of self-awareness and can ask and give feedback.
What’s in it for you …?
As an employee, we consider you as our most valuable asset. We take your career seriously. As part of a global team in an innovative environment, your development is key and our day-to-day responsibility. Through e-university, on the job training, various projects and programs, we ensure your personal growth. Our benefits make sure we care for you and your family now and in the future.

Primary Location
Netherlands-South Holland-Leiden-
Janssen Vaccines & Prevention BV (8852)
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