Johnson & Johnson Careers

Associate Director, Preclinical Research

Somerville, New Jersey
Clinical Research non-MD

Job Description

Requisition ID: 5318190125

Ethicon Incorporated of Johnson & Johnson, is recruiting for an Associate Director, Preclinical Research to be located in Somerville, NJ.
Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 60 years from creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world's most pressing health care issues and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our commitment to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. For more information, visit
The Ethicon Surgical Care business offers a broad range of products, platforms and technologies—including sutures, surgical staplers, clip appliers, trocars and synthetic wound repair devices—that are used in a wide variety of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Specialties include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity. The Ethicon Surgical Care business combines products and services of two market-leading legacy companies, both with long histories of medical innovation. Ethicon, Inc. based in Somerville, New Jersey, was founded more than 80 years ago as a pioneer in suture development and manufacturing, helping to transform the safety and effectiveness of open surgery. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. was created 20 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, developing innovative devices that have driven the groundbreaking shift from open to minimally invasive surgery that continues to lead the industry today.
Growing with a diverse company culture, celebrating the uniqueness of our employees and committed to inclusion. Proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
The Associate Director, Preclinical Research in Ethicon will lead the development of strategies for preclinical evidence necessary to competitively position platforms’ products for domestic and international regulatory and clinical acceptance. You will serve as the preclinical leader on integrated platform teams to work closely with other functions within the platform to develop robust strategies to meet platform business goals. The individual will lead preclinical staff responsible for developing and executing on project goals within the platform. Additional responsibilities include:
  • Elevate the Preclinical contribution in the evaluation of product safety and innovation process across platforms using deep preclinical expertise.
  • Supply to the platform leadership team through preclinical input to business strategies that minimize risk to product approvals and patient safety and increase product adoption to our customers.
  • Review and approve scientific strategies (Preclinical Strategy, EGS, and TPPs) for each project within the platform.
  • Lead preclinical scientists and study coordinators (contractors) to deliver robust preclinical strategies and ensure timely execution of plans to meet project and platform goals.
  • Attends all platform team leaders meeting.
  • Knowledgeable of the vision, priorities, and issues of each platform
  • Provide in-depth technical knowledge of the platform being supported and line of sight across platforms on common issues.
  • Prioritize preclinical resources within the platform portfolio to ensure timely delivery of data and/or reports.
  • Track all project deliverables for the platform and provide metrics on preclinical platform performance to goals and objectives.
  • Provide preclinical input for the Design Requirements Matrix and the Evidence Generation Strategy to projects within platforms.
  • Develop platform preclinical business plan including FTEs and operating costs to meet platform objectives and review with Preclinical Franchise leadership.
  • Work cross-functionally with clinical, medical affairs, HEMA and commercial to identify and develop robust preclinical data packages and disseminate the results.
  • Connect externally and engage strategically with, regulators, customers, leaders with a point of view, academia, CROs and other external partners to anticipate industry trends and unmet needs, facilitate innovation, improve product development and physician testing of platform products in preclinical studies.
  • Draft/Review the Preclinical (Functionality/Pharmacology) sections of regulatory submissions, investigator brochures, etc., as well as addressing subsequent regulatory authority questions/defending data and results.
  • Partner with preclinical operations group to identify resources to provide input to preclinical evidence strategies, as needed.
  • Partner with preclinical operations and advanced modelling groups to identify resource and model needs, and to prioritize to platform goals to ensure execution of preclinical studies.
  • Serve as Preclinical representative at First in Human Committee Triage Reviews of platform portfolio.

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in biological sciences, biomedical engineering, or veterinary medicine and a minimum 8 years of preclinical experience in a medical device, pharmaceutical or academic setting is required. A Doctorate and a minimum of 7 years’ experience is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of managerial experience and validated strong leadership skills is required
  • Experience working in a GOP setting is highly preferred
  • Product development experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of medical device regulations, regulatory/notified body requirements is required
  • Shown ability to work cross functionally and influence a program direction is required
  • Ability to clearly document and communicate plans and results is required
  • Lead and work effectively in a collaborative environment that accepts ownership and accountability for innovation, change, risk, and flexibility is required
  • Business insight and experience, including skills in budgeting, resource management, and staff development is required
  • This position will be located in Somerville NJ, and may require up to 10% travel
Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Primary Location
United States-New Jersey-Somerville-US Route 22 West
Ethicon Inc. (6045)
Job Function
Clinical Research non-MD
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