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Head of Small Molecule Drugs



Leiden, Netherlands
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024

Company Description

Eurofins PROXY is part of the internationally operating Eurofins Scientific. We are the largest Dutch GMP Quality Control laboratory for the pharmaceutical industry. Eurofins PROXY specializes in chemical and physical testing for (bio)pharmaceutical raw materials, intermediates and final products, and offers a very diverse package of analytical testing methods for national and international clients within the (bio)pharmaceutical industry.

Job Description

In this role you lead a team of about 8 Scientists & Analytical Validation Managers, who are responsible for the development, transfer & validation of new methods to test small molecule drugs in our facility. This is coordinated together with a dedicated lab team who do the experiments for the different experimental setups. The lab team is under supervision of a Team Leader, with whom you would need to cooperate with on a daily basis.

The responsibilities consist of:

  • Leading the department of Small Molecule Drugs;
  • Control all projects regarding small molecule drug products;
  • Develop methodologies and opportunities for future work in collaboration with business unit manager and business development;
  • Setting up projects in collaboration with business development and other business units;
  • Arrange technical input for new quotations;
  • Managing the budget and project pipeline of the department;
  • Approval of protocols, reports, exceptions and deviations;
  • Collaborate with laboratory Team Leader on a daily basis;
  • First point of contact for the department in case of issues.


We select based on the following criteria:

  • PhD, an MSc with 3 years, or a BSc degree with 5 of working experience in analytical chemistry, biochemistry or organic chemistry;
  • Experience with a leadership position;
  • Working experience in development and validation of analytical methods in a GMP environment;
  • Independent, thorough and able to perform under pressure;
  • Good command of the English language, and at least a basic understanding of Dutch;
  • You are located in the Netherlands, or you are planning to relocate to the Netherlands and are in possession of a valid working permit.

Additional Information

PROXY and Eurofins: A world of possibilities

This position is based at Eurofins PROXY on the Bio Science Park in Leiden. We have a close-knit team where collegiality and collaboration come first. We offer a responsible and challenging position within the team with room for your own ideas and input. Eurofins PROXY also offers:

  • A competitive salary;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 25 days of vacation with the option to purchase 7 additional days (based on a fulltime contract);
  • Travel allowance. Do you travel by public transport? Then your travel costs will be fully reimbursed;
  • Participation in a pension scheme with 50% contribution by Eurofins;
  • Each month, you accumulate a choice budget balance of 8.25% of your gross salary. This includes, among other things, holiday pay and a year-end bonus. You can choose to have this amount paid out, or you can use it to buy extra days off, for example. You choose what suits you best;
  • Discount on additional health insurance;
  • A cycling and/or fitness scheme to promote vitality;
  • Professional training and opportunities for training and development;
  • Training options via the online learning platform Good Habitz.

Working at Eurofins PROXY offers you the flexibility and personal touch of working in a medium sized and dynamic company, whilst also allowing you to benefit from having Eurofins as a parent company. Our ambitious growth plans provide ample opportunities for our employees:

  • Diverse developmental opportunities within the organization;
  • A large client portfolio ensures a lot of diversity in your work.

More about Eurofins Scientific

Eurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company, which provides a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries. The Group believes it is the world leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing and in agroscience CRO services. It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, CDMO, advanced material sciences and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, Eurofins is one of the leading global emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic testing.

In 2023, Eurofins generated 6.515 billion Euro proforma turnover in 900 laboratories across 62 countries, employing about 62.000 staff.

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Acquisition for this vacancy is not appreciated.