Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Director, Therapy Area CNS

Orion Corporation operates in more than 20 countries, where we Orionees, 3400 in total, work in all kinds of positions. Among us there are Research Scientists, Laboratory Technicians, Engineers and IT Specialists as well as people working in Production, just to mention some examples. We offer diverse and responsible jobs to our personnel in a truly multi-disciplinary work environment. We encourage people to develop their competences and offer opportunities to affect the job description and creating their own career path at Orion. We are searching for top talents who are ready to share our passion for the work that we do.
Application period ends: 2017-11-30
Unit: Orion Corporation
Location: Turku
Type of employment: Permanent
Description of position: We are looking for a highly motivated research scientist to lead the strategy building and successful progress in strategic collaborations in the NDD area. The NDD Research Director is involved in the evaluation of new ideas, in steering of the on-going research projects and in leading the strategic collaborations. In this position, you will lead the TA research portfolio in matrix but will not be a supervisor in the line organization.

You have an opportunity to work cross-functionally within the whole Orion R&D and together with other Orion functions and with external collaborators globally.
Description of unit: Orion’s pharmaceutical innovations are created within its R&D organization, including non-clinical research and clinical development. The organization employs top professionals in the field of drug development. The core therapy areas of Orion's pharmaceutical R&D are central nervous system (CNS) disorders, oncology and respiratory for which Orion develops inhaled Easyhaler® pulmonary drugs.

We have seen growth in R&D productivity over the last years and have now an exciting R&D pipeline. In order to ensure future development, we have started to build capabilities for biologics discovery. In addition we are strengthening our power in small molecule research. Experienced professionals with new competencies are needed to guarantee our continuous success.

Therapy area -unit belongs to Orion R&D organisation and is accountable for all the projects within the therapy areas (TA). In this CNS TA, there are both research and development experts ensuring the successful project portfolio in neurodegenerative diseases (NDD) and pain. All the team members are reporting to the Vice President of R&D. The team works closely with the Project Management Office, all R&D global functions and Orion Proprietary Products Business on the new targets, projects and in building the R&D strategy. Importantly and aligned with the company strategy, the Therapy Area leads the strategic collaborations with academics and other Pharma companies to find and progress new project ideas towards new medicines to help patients.
We offer: We are offering an excellent opportunity to work in a versatile role and the possibility to make use of your own strengths with professional team by your side. In this position you have a good opportunity to affect on the Orion R&D strategy and flow of new projects together with the other TA members. We also offer an opportunity to work in the heart of a mid-sized pharmaceutical company with several innovative new chemical entities in markets and in the pipeline. You have great possibilities to further develop your expertise. The culture of Orion R&D is informal and we enjoy working together.

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The NDD Research Director, TA CNS wil be based in Orion Turku, Finland. The person will report to Vice President, R&D.
Requirements: We expect you to have:

- PhD degree in natural sciences or medical doctor’s degree
- Long experience in carrying out scientific research related to central nervous system
- Strong presentation, communication and influencing skills with high impact
- Fluent spoken and written English
- Excellent team working skills with ability to understand and respect people´s perspectives
- Ability to positively encourage others to reach high performance
- Ability to travel and willingness to develop networks and partnerships
- Scientific orientation and willingness to investigate details with an ability to simplify
- Ability to holistically analyze issues and provide solutions
- Ability to lead, coordinate, prioritize and get things done
- Resilience to cope with setbacks
- Growth mindset and innovativeness

In addition we wish you have:

- Experience and expertise on NDDs
- Industry experience
- Drive and optimism
- True passion to improve patient well fare
- Established networks related to CNS area
Additional information on the position: For further information, please call Dr. Taru Blom, VP, R&D, Therapy Area CNS, during the following times (FIN): Tue 14.11. at 8-10:00, Wed 15.11. at 15-17, Mon 27.11. at 9-11 or Wed 28.11. at 15-16. Telephone +358-50-9667836.

Approved medical examination which also includes drug testing is required prior to the employment. We will also carry out a security clearance prior to the employment for the selected person.
In addition: Approved medical examination which also includes drug testing is required prior to the employment.
In addition: We will carry out a security clearance prior to the employment for the selected person.