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Waters Director of Global Strategy in Milford, Massachusetts

The Strategy & Transformation group at Waters Corporation supports the Executive Committee (EC) in the development and execution of enterprise strategy. In addition to running the annual Strategic Planning process, the group drives critical initiatives across all functions and geographies. Serving as a development engine for external and internal talent, the group attracts diverse, high-potential talent who build their skills and network prior to transitioning into leadership roles in the business or other functions.

As the Director of Global Research Strategy you will collaborate with The Head of Global Research, EC members and other senior leaders on their most important research initiatives. You will lead cross-functional teams that change the practice of science, touching all facets of R&D, Manufacturing and Quality. You will have the opportunity to shape your project portfolio according to interests and future career aspirations.

The ideal candidate will possess strong scientific expertise in the life sciences and relevant business experience, as well as the strategic skills to architect and manage a diverse set of projects. They will have the ability to think holistically and long-term across a broad spectrum of industry trends, issues and approaches to communicate business objectives and priorities to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

The candidate is required to have strong interpersonal skills and work with multiple internal stakeholders to drive and support highly visible and time-sensitive projects. Furthermore, the candidate will be able to partner flexibly within our organization to develop and deliver scientific, clinical, technical and commercial assessments and evaluations relevant to Waters strategic goals.

  • Lead development and execution of partnership and portfolio strategy for Global Research, working closely with key stakeholders within R&D

  • Build scientific leadership across relevant technology categories

  • Drive partnership creation and management

  • Foster a robust innovation system across Waters

  • Own the project portfolio management process for Global Research

  • Lead / manage strategic projects for Waters as defined by the CEO, EC and Head of Global Research

  • Lead cross-functional teams to successful outcomes with clear impact

  • Ensure that project collaborations with external consultants are well-managed

  • Prepare recommendations and present updates to leadership

  • Multi-task in balancing large book of work while ensuring consistent attention and prioritization of most critical and visible projects

  • Role model leadership and scientific rigor within the Waters culture

  • Support annual Strategic Planning Process

  • Lead Global Research components of company-wide strategy process in collaboration with business and function leaders through the matrixed organization

  • Facilitate workshops and prioritization exercises, provide constructive criticism and independent analysis, push to define targets and meaningful KPIs

  • Identify and assess major business opportunities

  • Support identification and evaluation of organic and inorganic business opportunities that could impact growth and profitability

  • Collect diverse perspectives and market research, including from external networks

  • Provide independent recommendations to EC

  • Drive people development and cultural change

  • Cultivate a broad and deep network across the company and externally

  • Recruit talented individuals as collaborators and future group members

  • Develop members of teams, providing feedback and coaching

  • Assist with communicating and setting an example of our aspirational culture and strategic directions

  • Advanced degree within a scientific or engineering discipline required (PhD, MD, PharmD) with business degree (MBA) a plus

  • Consulting background strongly recommended, with at least 1 year of project management

  • 3-6 years of prior experience in life sciences tools, diagnostics, med device, biopharma or other relevant industries strongly preferred

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with sharp business and financial acumen, as well as the ability to engage deeply with experts on the science

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with ability to influence the thinking of senior management

  • Team player and network-builder with desire to grasp new technology and change the world

  • Energetic, self-disciplined, creative and mature with a customer orientation and strong leadership potential

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials, and food sciences for more than 60 years. With more than 7,000 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 35 countries, including 15 manufacturing facilities, with products available in more than 100 countries. Our team focuses on creating business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations to enable significant advancement in healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality.

Working at Waters enables our employees to unlock the potential of their careers. Our global team is driven by purpose. We strive to be better, learn and improve every day in everything we do. We’re the problem solvers and innovators that aren’t afraid to take risks to transform the world of human health and well-being. We’re all in it together delivering benefit as one to provide the insights needed today in order to solve the challenges of tomorrow.

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our core values at Waters Corporation. It is our responsibility to actively implement programs and practices to drive inclusive behavior and increase diversity across the organization. We are united by diversity and thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, our customers and our community. Waters is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or protected Veteran status.


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