Celgene Director, Pharmaceutical Development Compound Leader in Summit, New Jersey


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

Director, Pharmaceutical Development Compound Leader


Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology (PS&T)


This position is responsible for delivering Pharmaceutical Development strategies and leading cross functional activities required for the development of pharmaceutical products as well as their associated manufacturing processes and controls. This position will provide committed and accountable leadership for development teams responsible for the pharmaceutical development of assigned compounds. This Director level position will work under the direction of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology Compound Leaders to support compound specific CMC development activities for Celgene drug candidates from candidate nomination continuing through development and commercialization, partner closely with key stakeholders, and work collaboratively across multiple functional areas.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Implements comprehensive, compound-specific development strategies and tactics to meet global project needs that incorporates all relevant input across the drug substance, drug product, analytical, quality, clinical supplies, and regulatory functions

  • Builds and leads a high-performing scientific and technical cross functional team of PS&T scientists and engineers, and related CMC functional SMEs

  • Tracks and reports compound specific expense plans against predefined spending targets

  • Ensures appropriate technical, scale-up, and production strategies and timelines are in place to meet clinical supply and registration needs, and ensures production, technology transfer, validation and regulatory outcomes, meet or exceeds industry standards

  • Represent PS&T on Technical Commercialization Teams, and Global Project Teams for assigned compounds

  • Ensures an effective Target Product Profile is in place which adequately defines the product characteristics and performance expectations to inform pharmaceutical development work

  • Responsible for ensuring adequate transfer of knowledge to commercial manufacturing sites

  • Maximizes alignment, cooperation, input, decision making, commitment and synergy, of Pharmaceutical Development Team members to ensure their technical contributions, meet program objectives

  • Promotes a “One-Team Culture” among scientists and engineers in drug substance, drug product and analytical development, and ensures the Compound Team operates within the mission and values of PS&T and Celgene

  • Provides sound scientific and technical leadership and advocacy to support the development of robust manufacturing processes and products, integrating current regulatory and industry standards

  • Communicates effectively and transparently with functional representatives within PS&T, and other stakeholders such as Quality, Toxicology, DMPK, Clinical Pharmacology, Regulatory, Clinical and Commercial Supply, etc.

Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • Advanced degree in relevant scientific discipline required, Ph.D. is preferred.

  • 12 years’ pharmaceutical development experience with exposure to all stages and aspects of product development

  • Master’s degree with 15 years of experience may be considered.

  • Comprehensive understanding of drug product design and development, and how pharmaceutical development integrates and partners with key functional areas such as Quality, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Clinical, and others to achieve success

  • Proven leadership ability to align, motivate and empower team members

  • Demonstrated ability for critical thinking and innovation

  • Highly effective at communication, collaboration and negotiation

  • Accountable for delivery on complex development plans

  • Ability to understand and communicate risks as well as developing and executing contingency plans for development programs

  • Ability to manage ambiguity, and make sound scientific and business decisions with limited information (when necessary)

  • Proven ability to work effectively with cross-functional stakeholders in a complex, changing, environment

  • Ability to engage and align key stakeholders outside of PS&T and the project team


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE

At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Our vision as a company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.

“At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients.”

There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centers using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. As committed as we are to clinical accomplishment, we are equally committed to patient support, which is a guiding principle at Celgene. We believe all who can benefit from our discoveries should have the opportunity to do so. Celgene puts patients first with industry-leading programs that provide information, support and access to our innovative therapies.