RESPONSIBILITIES: • Drive the innovation of research and processes within ProZyme’s IP space. • Interface with senior management to establish R&D business objectives and milestones. • Knowledge and experience using the latest techniques in project management. • Translate corporate business objectives into effective long and short-term IP strategies. • Guide the department in prioritizing business and research goals and ultimately, achieving results. • Drive improvements to ProZyme’s R&D systems, including: Design Control, Engineering Studies, Engineering Builds, and Life Cycle Management. • Represent ProZyme’s technology in public forums, publications, and technical presentations. • Function as a hands-on leader guiding project teams, establishing high-level timelines, and facilitating project management. • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to establish product specifications, resource planning, manufacturing scale-up, process adherence and improvement, and the development of IP strategies. • Represent R&D in developing the corporate budget, as well as process controls. • Promote communication within the department and represent R&D in executive level decision-making. • Assist the efforts of Sales and Marketing by providing R&D support and guidance. • Promote efficient, compliant, and effective documentation within the department. • Facilitate career development, hiring, performance management, and recruiting for R&D. • Ensure compliance and promote a high-level of integrity within the department. • This position reports directly to the President. QUALIFICATIONS: • Track record of developing innovative ideas and innovative processes for achieving R&D success. • Outstanding track record of success in delivering products on schedule and within budget. • Ability to translate research goals into a business plan that targets corporate objectives. • Experience developing successful IP strategies and R&D teams. • Organizational savvy and the ability to work with multiple departments within the company. • Management style that is results-driven and team focused. • Excellent understanding of risk management, resource planning, design control, product development, and life cycle management. • Excellent management skills with the ability to guide teams and promote career development. • Possess the ability to work with scientists, and at the same time communicate effectively with the executive team on business objectives. • Must be able to earn the respect of the R&D team through sound scientific knowledge of the field. • Prior experience working in FDA regulated environments. • Candidates with experience in industry, who have developed and transferred products to a manufacturing setting, are strongly preferred. • Experience in GxP/QSR Quality Systems is a plus. • Doctoral degree in related field is strongly preferred. • 10 years R&D experience in the life sciences or healthcare industries.