Chief Scientific Officer - Hasselt

Vacancy information

Publication date:February 17 2020
Employment type:Permanent
Function Group:Management

Function Group: Management / CSO


For an organisation that develops generic pharmaceuticals for the EU and US markets we are currently searching for an experienced and entrepreneurial Chief Scientific Officer

Combining strong scientific knowledge with worldwide pharmaceutical experience while working with an entrepreneurial mindset, that is what describes this organisation best. In the arena of generic drugs, they have developed a strong foothold, in particular within cardiovascular and reformulation products. Their ambitions are to further develop as an organisation, both within the product spectrum as within their global presence. This is where you come in, as these ambitions and goals have to be spearheaded by this experienced and entrepreneurial Chief Scientific Officer.


As Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), you will lead all R&D and regulatory efforts, spanning three areas; scientific intelligence, process development though to execution, and team management.

To be more precise and to give you a better overview of the role, you may find these three areas detailed below.

Starting with scientific Intelligence, you will provide knowledge and guidance to the the CEO, Management Team / Board, and external scientific advisors on scientific aspects / implications of proposed business strategies. You will act as a key member of the R&D department’s scientific team and provide high-level strategic advice to the executive management and the business development department to support the strategy as well as day-to-day operational decisions. When assessing the scientific competency of partners (such as CDO’s, CRO’s, CMO’s and CTO’s) you will play a large role. In addition you will be in charge of the scientific part when concerned with any activities related to due diligence and acquisition of products, projects, portfolios and other assets.

Another important responsibility as CSO will be process development, implementation, improvement and execution. You will develop and document principles for efficient and balanced development programs for all new projects considering project value, project cost and the current regulatory environment. When developing development programs you will take in account risk-managed fast-tracking standards for strategic key projects, shortening time to market, all the while optimising the quality and speed of development projects. Your RA strategies will be optimised, shortening the time to market. At the same time you will oversee activities external manufacturing and development partners.

Lastly you will be a strong leader of the R&D and RA teams, where you will take direct responsibility and will be the go-to person for overseeing workload, laying out roles and responsibilities, training, mentoring, evaluating performance and recruiting according to the company strategy and values. You will lead by example and have a hands-on attitude, driving them to excel in their respective roles.


Being the strong CSO this organisation is looking for you combine a set of requirements and characteristics, these are among others:

  • A Scientific degree, level of Ph.D. or higher.
  • A minimum 15 years of experience with drug product development for the USA in the fields of formulation, manufacturing process and/or analytical method development of conventional chemical medicines, preferably in the field of injectables.
  • Strong skills in chemistry and drug product formulation as well as robust knowledge of manufacturing facilities, manufacturing technologies and equipment, their suitability and limitations.
  • A strong scientific track record of delivery of key development milestones, leading to NDA/ANDA filings and approvals within the agreed timelines.
  • You will bring strong skills in chemistry and drug product formulation as well as robust knowledge of manufacturing facilities, manufacturing technologies and equipment, their suitability and limitations.
  • Personality-wise you are a collaborative professional with an aptitude for building, leading and further developing teams.


What can you expect from the organisation?

  • If you are looking for a role with high visibility and impact in a fast-paced environment, where your own initiative is highly welcomed and directly visible, then this is the opportunity for you.
  • You will rewarded according to the salary and level of benefits this company has formulated, which are well in line with the magnitude / scope of this position.


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Martin van der Velden
Principal Associate Biotech/Pharma division




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