A leader in speciality chemicals, Croda is the name behind some of the world’s biggest brands, providing practical, environmentally minded solutions to the problems of everyday life. In 34 countries, their 4,000 employees work to improve a diverse range of markets - from personal and health care, to home care and plastics.
They currently have an exciting opportunity for a Research & Technology Manager to lead the Biotechnology Research team at their site in Widnes, Cheshire.
The Biotechnology Group is responsible for the discovery and development of a variety of natural ingredients from microbial sources for application across their business interests. The group is also responsible for process development of biotransformations / fermentations from laboratory scale to full-scale manufacturing. The successful candidate will manage a small team of research scientists and a maturing product pipeline. The role also involves a strong outward focus of open innovation, interacting with the academic community and other partners in the product supply chain across the Croda business activities.
To be successful you should be educated to PhD level in microbiology, with several years of management experience and thorough understanding of microbial growth and physiology. Hands-on experience in development of fermentation processes with industrial biotechnology focus is highly advantageous. Experience in optimisation of yield and product quality for natural products from microorganisms is an important requirement. The preferred candidate will have good general knowledge across all disciplines within biotechnology, including GM/Synthetic Biology and be able to engage on the subject with experts in the field. Experience of handling GMM’s, including awareness of regulations governing safe use would be advantageous. You should have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to demonstrate good problem solving skills. The ability to manage and drive multiple projects and to respond positively to a rapidly changing environment is also essential.
The successful candidate will receive a competitive benefits package including: defined benefit pension scheme with death in service benefit, senior manager bonus scheme, 25 days paid holiday allowance (plus bank holidays), private medical insurance and access to share incentive plans.
Closing date: 22 May 2016
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