Bayer Sr. Associate Director Product Research in Morristown, NJ, New Jersey
Your tasks and responsibilities
The Sr. Associate Director Product Research drives growth by leading a wide range of interactions between consumers and product developers that provide deep insight into the needs, aspirations and feelings about the consumer product experience. Grounded in science, valid consumer measurement tools, and utilizing a world class facility, this role directs a team to create and execute consumer studies that guide innovators and product developers to produce highly desired products. Capabilities range from classic focus groups, bioinstrumentation measurements, consumer co-creation sessions and custom designed interactions in the consumer context outside the consumer center. The capability will support design thinking, open innovation and new partnership innovation programs as well as assisting product development teams for both Therapeutics and Personal Care I&D Units.
The incumbent will:
•Enable R&D teams to create consumer meaningful products by designing and leading opportunities for formulation scientist, packaging engineers, claims and other development colleagues to observe and interact with consumers with the aim of refining product design. These include observing product use, product application, evaluating product benefits and overall impressions about the proposed design; •Provide leadership to product development teams by leading exploratory performance testing utilizing bioinstrumentation such as skin moisturization, skin elasticity, skin aging, SPF, Sunscreen water resistance, sunscreen sweat resistance, allergy reaction and other testing as needed; •Manage consumer engagement activities in accordance with the policies, procedures, ethics and protocols required by Bayer, health authorities and other relevant regulatory agencies. Manage contracts and facility issues to maintain effectiveness and compliance. Manage outsourcing budget of approximately $1MM USD; •Lead project planning, resourcing, progress reporting, contract vendor management and troubleshooting; •Ensure project results meet business requirements regarding need, technical quality, reliability and timing; •Establish the study designs, execute the consumer studies and establish study reports; •Effectively and efficiently manage an external network of contractors to execute studies and consumer interactions; •Develop SOPs to ensure that all consumer studies are performed effectively and comply with appropriate regulatory guidelines and legal requirements.
Who you are
Qualifications: Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE (Leadership, Integrity, Flexibility, Efficiency) values. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for this position:
•Bachelor’s Degree (or international equivalent) with a minimum of twelve years of proven experience, a Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) with a minimum of eight years of proven experience, or a Ph.D.(or international equivalent) with a minimum of six years of proven experience managing a consumer center, market research or product evaluation operation; •Experience in: -Designing consumer study protocols, focus group protocols, moderating, subject consenting, consumer study ethics, IRB process, and moderating. -In using GLPs, bioinstrumentation, and product performance testing. -In study data analysis, report writing and relevant quality control measures. •Working knowledge of Design Thinking or experience in human centered design innovation approach which translates human needs, emotions and tensions into highly desired consumer solutions; •Demonstrated ability to work credibly across technical and commercial disciplines and influence those colleagues and stakeholders not in direct line of management. Strong presentation skills that can communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical colleagues.
Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. Job postings will remain open for a minimum of ten business days and are subject to immediate closure thereafter without additional notice. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.
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