Director, Toxicology

San Francisco, CA, United States
Oct 06, 2018
Science/R&D, Toxicology
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Provides strategic and operational direction ensuring that toxicology studies are conducted in line with the appropriate guidelines and regulatory test standards (FDA, WHO, GLP, and ISO).

Oversees and directs the activities of the toxicology group. Oversees and evaluates protocol preparation for toxicology studies. Ensures that all safety testing plans, registration activities, government submissions, and design control activities are addressed in accordance with Research and Development requirements. Responsible for in-life resource planning, maintaining current testing procedures, program development, performance monitoring, budget planning and resource management Develops strategies to ensure effective achievement of scientific objectives. Monitors and evaluates completion of tasks and projects. May develop budgets for capital expenditures and labor. Typically participates with other top managers to establish company policies. Makes final decision on administrative or operational matters. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function. This position contributes to and supports the company's research and development efforts to create high value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs.

Works on abstract problems across functional areas of the business. Identifies and evaluates fundamental issues for major functional areas through assessment of intangible variables. Interacts internally and externally with executive level management requiring negotiation of extremely difficult matters to influence policymaking bodies. Implements established and newly developed technologies in current and future generation products. Integrates and maximizes the contribution of science and technologies to the development process. Establishes goals, structures experiments, analyzes and reduces data, recommends and plans actions to achieve project objectives. Works in conjunction with functional teams to transfer and implement science/technology. Communicates cross-functionally with groups such as formulation development, manufacturing and other groups to ensure appropriate project support. Maintains a current knowledge of latest technological/scientific trends. Hires and trains staff at appropriate levels of need, coordinates annual reviews, and counsels junior staff on career related subjects. Provides scientific/technical guidance, leadership and decision-making as appropriate. Provides regular performance feedback, development and coaching to direct reports.

A minimum of a Bachelors degree in a scientific discipline is required. An advanced degree is highly desired. Equivalent experience may be accepted. A minimum of 13 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry is required. A minimum of 10 years previous management experience is required. Expertise in pharmaceutical research /development is a must. Experience in writing scientific and regulatory documents is required. Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques, such as data trend analysis and design of experiments, is highly desirable. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Project management skills are required. Requires the ability to change the thinking of or gain acceptance of others in sensitive situations. Must have a demonstrated ability to work with senior management. A proven ability to develop and manage to a budget is a must. Must be goal-oriented, quality-conscientious, and customer-focused. Good laboratory compliance and safety practices are a must. Demonstrated ability to develop successful relationships with and influence customers, both internal and external. Understands how to set expectations and negotiate proper milestones to track progress. Must have strong negotiation and influencing skills.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.