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Thermo Fisher Scientific Director, Purification R&D in Bedford, Massachusetts

Our Purification R&D Director leads all aspects of US-based development of novel tools for purification of therapeutic biomolecules. In this position you will lead a technical team of 20 to 25 R&D professionals in Bedford (MA) and Carlsbad (CA). You will be responsible for team and portfolio evolution, as you lead commercialization of purification products that increase efficiency of customer processes. Value generation and strategic contributions are to be driven by internal and external customer interactions that guide new product roadmaps. As team coach you will develop a strong culture for innovation, product development, learning and mentorship to achieve business goals, as you help colleagues meet career aspirations.

What will you do?

  • Own all aspects of team, culture, process, metrics, commitments and brings new approaches designed to efficiently develop and commercialize new purification tools and platforms

  • Build a strong culture for innovation of novel purification products that serve unmet customer needs

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in a fast-paced matrixed environment, willing to act, influence others without direct authority; take calculated risks, learn from setbacks to refine approaches and drive team success.

  • Through collaboration with internal and customer-facing colleague lead translation of customer requirements into differentiated new products and downstream workflow solutions.

  • Actively partner with colleagues to advance intellectual property portfolios and provide background that leads to positive FTO opinions

  • Align single and multi-year strategic plans with R&D investment

  • Perform technology scouting and assessments to identify new approaches that solve customer needs

  • Mentor team and perform administrative functions such as resource planning, enforcing policies, resolving issues, employee performance reviews, adherence to budgets, recruitment, mentoring, talent engagement and retention.

How will you get here?

  • Through demonstration of a track record of successful commercialization of new biopurification products

  • Demonstration of ownership, urgency, independence, team empowerment and leadership

  • Deep understanding of needs of biopharma customers


  • Minimum of 10 to 15 years of development of purification products that improve efficiency of downstream bioprocesses.

  • Minimum 10 years of direct people leadership experience.

  • Industrial downstream process development and implementation is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Expertise in purification of therapeutic biomolecules.

  • Strong management and leadership skills with strong written and verbal communication

  • At ease communicating progress, hurdles, and solutions with technical and business teams

  • Collaboration that maximizes benefit of cross functional diversity

  • Demonstrates urgency and guides team to recovery when falling behind committed schedules

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of time (domestic and international)

  • Demonstrates Thermo Fisher Scientific values – Integrity, Intensity, Innovation, and Involvement

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.