Director (Head), Analytical Development | New Leadership Role | Fast Growing Biopharma/Vaccines: RETAINED SEARCH

Cornerstone Search Group
March 25, 2021
Greater Kentucky Area, United States of America
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Director (Head), Analytical Development | New Leadership Role | Fast Growing Biopharma/Vaccines: RETAINED SEARCH

Cornerstone has been retained by a unique, well-funded and rapidly growing Biopharma focused within Vaccine Development.  This is an exciting time within the company as they are going through expansive growth across the organization, and continuing to build out a high-caliber leadership team is a priority.  Our client is a leader in their field of expertise and has developed their own unique technology platform, and is part of a very supportive larger established company, ultimately allowing for a best of both world’s environment to include a smaller, nimble and inclusive culture while offering top-notch compensation and benefits packages that is usually offered only at larger companies.

In this hands-on leadership position as the Head of Analytical Development/Services, you will manage your own team (direct reports) and play a critical role in the continued growth and success of this company doing amazing science.


  • Innovative Science & Difference-Making Technology – Our client has a platform that can develop vaccines and other pharmaceuticals more efficiently, effectively and faster than traditional methods, which is obviously very practical and advantageous in today’s world.
  • Leadership Role/Manage your own Team – This is a newly-created leadership role where you will manage/oversee a team of Analytical Development and Quality Control scientists and have a visible impact on shaping this function.
  • Perfect Time to Join: You will be joining this company at an ideal time as they are going through an exciting transformational growth phase.
  • Smaller, Creative, Family-Friendly Environment – Our client offers an exceptional working environment. Their culture emphasizes creativity, passion and teamwork, which is led by their CEO and COO – both who have been with the organization since its inception (15+ years).
  • Great Location/Place to Live – Our client’s location offers an affordable, safe, central Kentucky location allowing easy access to several larger cities, while also offering a perfect place to raise a family. It is a tight-knit community offering a growing downtown with many different cultural options.
  • Excellent Compensation, Benefits and Relocation Package – Since our client is a subsidiary of a very large company, they can offer exceptional benefits (health, financial, wellness, etc.). Furthermore, their relocation package is top-notch, taking all the guesswork and cost out of your decision-making process.


  • Supervises development, implementation, and maintenance of quality control systems and activities according to CGMP.
  • Directly manage and lead a team of analytical development and QC scientists to characterized quality processes and products.
  • Manages material and product testing activities and staff to ensure quality control; oversees analytical techniques / methods.
  • Provides technical review of analytical data integrity and laboratory documentation, method development reports, method validation protocols.
  • Performs product quality control release, stability testing, method qualification, and execution of CGMP lab operations.
  • Develops standards, methods, and procedures for inspecting, testing, and evaluating products.
  • Identifies and selects contract testing organizations for performing development as well as product release testing.
  • Evaluates, designs and performs method development and validation employing phase-appropriate approaches for assay, purity, identification of impurity and degradation products, reference standard qualification and physical protein characterization of drug product.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for internal product development using advanced analytical techniques including but not limited to HPLC, LC-MS, FPLC, immunoaffinity, SDS-PAGE, as well as biophysical characterizations (CD, ANSm, FT-IR, SPR, SEC-MALLS).
  • Interacts with internal partners during the technology transfers of analytical methods, stability testing, etc.


  • Advanced scientific degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related field.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience, with a minimum of 5 years directly involved in the operation and management of analytical development and quality control in a GMP-regulated environment.
  • Management of direct reports and an in-house laboratory.
  • Successful track record of managing Analytical Development professionals across levels.
  • Must be well experienced in protein/peptide characterization, including LC-MS, LC-MS/MS, HPLC, FPLC, immunoaffinity, SDS-PAGE, WB, as well as biophysical characterizations (CD, ANSm FT-IR, SPR, SEC-MALLS).
  • Experienced in novel analytical methods / testing development and implementing/improving quality control systems in pharma or biotech.


Brian Skurka | Partner

E: | P: 973-656-0220 x738


CORNERSTONE SEARCH GROUP, LLC – Life Sciences Executive Search

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