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Head of R&D

Svar Life Science is a Swedish company that works to enable personalized medicine by serving the global Life Science market with tools for drug development and companion diagnostic solutions.

They deliver answers you can trust from discovery to diagnosis – Their combination of high-quality products, innovative technologies and comprehensive laboratory services are used by their customers to discover new therapeutics, diagnose patients and treat diseases. As a customer you can be sure of their answers: They have been working right across the clinical diagnostic value chain for more than 30 years.

Svar Life Sciences headquarter is based in Malmö, where 100 engaged employees work, globally a total of 120 employees. Svar empowers their employees to advance innovative technologies, develop meaningful solutions, and build rewarding careers.

The Department

Svar invents, develops and applies the best analytical technologies for drug development and clinical research, and establishes practical platforms for routine diagnosis or patient monitoring. The R&D function focuses on developing products that will support the efficient development of new drugs, within the market of inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Their work is carried out in-house or in collaboration with key opinion leaders and academic groups of strategic importance.

Head of R&D  

Dynamic and business oriented                                                                

    • Leading company within clinical diagnostic solution
    • Leadership of 20 highly skilled Scientist & Lab Technicians
    • Drive new products for biomarker discovery and cell-based platform
    • Member of the Management Team within the operating units

The Challenge

Your main responsibility will be to lead the R&D area and drive or participate in investigations and development projects. Svar Life Science is providing products and services to pharmaceutical, CRO companies, clinical hospital laboratories and providers of diagnostic automated systems.

You will be responsible for a team of 11employees in Sweden and a lab in Paris consisting of a Manager and 7 employees. You will lead, advice, coach and develop your employees, and support them in their role in developing cell based and biomarker assays. You will ensure ambitious goals and solutions and follow-up on activities and resources. This includes participation in setting, communicating and following up on goals for the department as well as ensuring continuous development in tools and processes. You work in close collaboration with the other managers in the R&D and with your colleagues across the Svar organization. You will use your scientific knowledge and experience to influence the project decisions across the entire area. You must also ensure that efficient and transparent processes, systems and standards are in place and are used intelligently.

You will:

  • In cooperation with the cell producing unit in Malmö drive the transfer and implementation of new or improved cell lines for commercial use
  • In cooperation with the producing unit in Malmö drive the transfer and implementation of new or improved biomarker assays for commercial use
  • Increase scientific value of current portfolios
  • Drive improvements of existing and new products, both for Svar´s biomarker discovery and iLite (cell based) platform.
  • Develop new products for Svar Life Science´s portfolio.
  • Evaluate new product ideas within Svar Life Science and with external partners
  • Support QA department in tech support questions, complaint handling and deviations
  • Support the production units in tech support questions, complaint handling and deviations
  • Drive collaborative projects within the Svar family
  • Drive collaborative projects with other platform partners

An attractive and challenging job in a dynamic atmosphere with the opportunity of leading and developing a team of highly skilled people. For the right person, this will also be a great opportunity for further personal and scientific development.

Svar Life Science is offering you a challenging opportunity in a headquarter based position, where you will be able to put your mark and have substantial influences. You will report to COO.

Your Talent

You are ambitious and dedicated to help your team finding the right solution to progress the R&D projects successfully. You are motivated by achieving great results through and together with your team, and you are passionate about solving challenges in a dedicated company.

You hold a relevant master’s degree in Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Immunology or related field. A PhD in relative fields are advantageous . You have several years of experience in developing diagnostic test from idea and throughout the entire clinical diagnostic value chain.

You have broad experience in Biomarker and assay development and a strong scientific expertise and curiosity. You have a good understanding of biochemistry, biology and immunology.

Good understanding of RA & QA guidelines is preferred, including the ability to apply the guidelines in context of the stage of R&D development.

The ability to work successfully in both a team as well as independently is required.

The ability to work in a fast pace environment, manage priorities, and maintain timelines for multiple activities are required.

You have excellent interpersonal and team skills and a proven leadership record of accomplishment or you are very keen on becoming a leader and have some experiences with leading a few people

Strong strategic and communication skills are important in this role, which has interactions with many other disciplines. You can work independently and as part of a team and you are keen on working in a multicultural environment. You have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Fluency in English with good verbal and written language skills is a given.


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