R&D Director, Shenandoah Biotechnology

Research & Development | Warminster, PA

Job Description:

Shenandoah Biotechnology, Inc., a FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific company, is a leading manufacturer of recombinant proteins. Our vision is to provide a superior and affordable source of recombinant proteins to the academic and industrial scientific research communities. Our team are a passionate group from diverse backgrounds. Our headquarters and state-of-the-art, manufacturing facility is located in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Founded in April 2006, we joined Fujifilm Group in March 2022 and are rapidly expanding our operations. 

We are hiring a R&D Director, Shenandoah Biotechnology (FBSI), who can provide management and leadership to achieve the Company’s objectives related to product research, development and support.  The Director will be responsible for all activities relating to fermentation, cell culture, product development, technical support, or process improvements for recombinant protein business.


  • Drive and direct the scientific research and development activities including discovery, evaluation, development, licensing of new products through the management of product or project teams
  • Responsible for managing multiple projects meeting their milestone measurements, performance specifications, production costs, development budget, and goal scheduling
  • Execute and support product launch, commercialization, enhancement planning, and implementation in alliance with marketing, operations, quality/regulatory, sales and international
  • Recruit and hire highly talented, motivated individuals with required current and future skills and abilities with an emphasis on achieving the diversity necessary to establish an effective team
  • Lead development of staff and the product development process for improved effectiveness and efficiency
  • Represent R&D group across other departments communicating company objectives, inspiring scientific participation, bringing solutions and resolving conflicts
  • Participate as an active member of the senior management team with responsibility for assisting the Executive and Senior Management in setting strategy and achieving the company’s goals and objectives in all areas consistent with the Irvine Scientific mission


  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology or related life science discipline
  • 10 years of industrial product development experience, or relevant work experience
  • Successful track record of new product development and launch, from concept through pilot production, scale up and transfer to manufacturing
  • Hands on management and involvement in of aspects of an R & D organization’s day-to-day operations
  • Proven leadership and management ability, including strategic and analytical thinking, vision, market differentiation and business results required
  • Thorough understanding of all aspects of recombinant protein expression including gene design, codon optimization, pilot protein expression, recombinant protein expression scale-up, protein purification and cell-based activity assays
  • Mentoring, coaching and teaching ability and orientation
  • People development, performance management and change management are necessary skills for success



Principals only. No recruiters please.

Shenandoah Biotechnology, Inc., a FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific company is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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