June 9th, 2022 Pharmaceutical Development

Associate Director Analytical Development Drug Product

San Diego, California, United States

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Please be aware that Acadia has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees.

Position Summary:

Responsible for oversight of the outsourced analytical development activities associated with the development, validation, technology transfer and line extension of drug product.  Manages multiple contract service providers (CSPs) to deliver comprehensive, consistent, and compliant analytical development results through the development of process development protocols, testing, and investigative reviews.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develops and validates analytical methods for small molecules in various dosage forms:
    • Participates with others to plan analytical development and testing requirements.
    • Collaborates with testing labs to develop analytical methods.
    • Drafts and/or reviews method validation protocols and reports.
    • Drafts and/or approves analytical methods.
    • Provides information for chemistry, manufacturing and control (CMC) section of regulatory documentation.
  • Provides oversight of testing at contract service providers (CSPs):
    • Reviews testing sections of process development protocols and reports.
    • Define testing requirements.
    • Observes, as needed, testing at CSPs.
    • Travels to site to assess technical abilities and for formal planning activities.
  • Liaises with manufacturing, quality and regulatory counterparts to develop plans and protocols for drug product development
  • Performs laboratory investigations:
    • Investigates and/or reviews CSP out-of-specification/out-of-trend (OOS/OOT) for scientific soundness and completeness.
    • Assesses performance of CSP laboratory for accuracy and technical expertise.


M.S. in Chemistry or related field. Ph.D. preferred. An equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered.  A minimum of 7 years’ experience in progressively responsible roles with a focus on analytical development techniques for finished drug products with 4 years’ in a leadership role required. 

Experience authoring technical reports and CMC sections for regulatory filings.  Related experience should include hands on experience in at least one of the following analytical chemistry techniques – chromatography, dissolution and/or spectroscopic techniques.  Experience with oversight management of CSP analytical laboratory preferred.  

Must possess:

  • Strong understanding of GMP working environments and regulatory guidance and regulations (e.g. ICH guidances, 21 CFR Part 211, 21 CFR Part 11).
  • Working knowledge of United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and European Pharmacopeia (EP).
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities.
  • Strong organizational and documentation skills.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage change in a dynamic environment.
  • Skilled at negotiating with business partners or management and influencing senior level leaders regarding matters of significance to the department or segments of the organization.
  • Adept at creating and communicating a clear vision among team members effectively aligning resources to achieve functional area goals.
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time both domestically and internationally (Once COVID-19 is under control).

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment and independently from remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.   Ability to travel by car or airplane independently up to 15% of the time and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business issues.

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What we offer you:

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

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Please note that reasonable accommodations granted throughout the recruiting process are not guaranteed to be the same accommodation given if hired. A new request will need to be submitted for any ADA accommodations after starting employment.