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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) R&D Senior Manager in Sparks, Maryland

Job Description SummaryThe R&D Senior Manager is responsible for bench and in silico technical and scientific mandates critical to the business strategies and objectives. The successful candidate will leverage expertise in microbial metabolism, statistical modeling, and data analysis into innovation and product development efforts including methods for specimen collection and processing, formulation of liquid media, automated blood culture, Pathogen Identification and Antibiotic susceptibility testing. Candidates will apply leadership skills, broad-based technical expertise and recent experience from scientific research and product development with an aptitude toward instrumentation/automation, to solve problems and drive critical programs for the business. The position requires experience at designing, executing and providing critical analysis of experiments aimed at product development and troubleshooting, as well as the ability to communicate information and ideas clearly and effectively within a multi-disciplinary team. He/she will have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as an essential member of multi-disciplinary teams, and will provide scientific insights in design and development of new products and strategies. Microbiologists with a record of leadership, productivity and innovation in solving complex problems, experience in management of a technical team of junior and senior associates, and that enjoy leveraging their expertise to address a daily diversity of important challenges, are encouraged to apply.

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  • Uses professional concepts and the company procedures to solve a wide range of complex scientific problems in a creative and innovative way.

  • Provides technical leadership and domain expertise in microbiology, including laboratory workflow, microbial metabolism, growth media formulation, statistical modeling, and data analysis to cross-functional project teams aimed at the development of novel infectious disease diagnostics. Works closely with other functions (i.e., marketing, operations, regulatory, medical affair, quality as well as Engineering R&D) to troubleshoot, characterize and resolve needs in existing technologies.

  • With minimal oversight, delivers hands-on lab-based experimental contributions toward programs or business objectives. Is highly learning agile and organized: proficient in executing multiple, simultaneous projects in a time efficient manner.

  • Serves as a microbiology expert for the businesses R&D organization. Leads programs where delivering high-quality data, and progressing program contributions will have significant business impact.

  • Effectively represents R&D as a primary technical contact for cross-business and external interactions. Leads efforts to identify and manage internal and external collaborations leading to high-impact results.

  • Working with various functional leaders, identifies business, product, efficiency, and other opportunities that address opportunities for continuous improvement.

  • Maintains substantial current knowledge in relevant state-of-the art principles in clinical microbiology, microbial physiology, biochemistry and data analysis methods. Exercises and contributes to intellectual property and the scientific literature.

  • Establishes cross-business networks and leads efforts to effectively leverage expertise across the organization toward product development and problem solving.

  • Prepares and presents regulated documents, protocols, and technical reports. Keeps detailed notebook records.

  • Guides the successful completion of major programs where failure to achieve timely results or erroneous decisions may cause serious delays in program schedule.

  • Manages junior and senior scientists, providing training and mentoring. Assures technical oversight to experimental design, data generation and interpretation.

  • Leads or participates in resolving regulatory, manufacturing or safety issues affecting existing products or products in development.


Requires a BS degree in a life science disciplinewith at least 12 years of experience or equivalent. PhD with relevant experiences in microbiology field strongly preferred.

Demonstrated experience in people management and product development of in vitro diagnostics assays strongly preferred.


Primary Work LocationUSA MD - Baltimore

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