Sr. Director, Clinical Applications & Development

Job Description

Affy has a culture of continual innovation. It wants raving fans not just satisfied customers. The successful individual will embrace the company’s culture and assist in its maturation. To be successful, the Senior Director of Applications Development must be flexible, transparent, an excellent communicator, collaborative, and deadline/results driven. He/She will have demonstrated leadership within a fast moving commercial operation.

The Senior Director of Clinical Applications Development is a team player with strong leadership and motivational skills. This person must be a business leader as well as technically competent. This person uses imagination and creativity to develop and assist commercialization of innovative products for the validation and diagnostic marketplace. He/She will have high integrity with a strong bias toward action and a personal commitment to delivering quality products that meet regulatory and market requirements on time and within budget. This individual is a self starter who will possess excellent organizational, decision-making, process, human relations, and communication skills. His/Her management style will be one of team builder and collaborator.

The Senior Director of Clinical Applications Development will be a business leader who collaborates with the leadership team to develop a vision for delivering innovative diagnostic products to market. This person will have the fortitude to take and defend a strong position with logic, be committed to results when decisions are made and fit into a dynamic high powered management team. This is the type of individual who has great desire and commitment to achieving results and is excited and even challenged by mission impossible. His/her mission, purpose, and focus will be to lead clinical product development, for products that improve human life.


The Senior Director of Clinical Applications Development plays a critical role in the delivery of robust, market driven applications advancing Affy’s growth in downstream validation and clinical markets. He/She will integrate product development activities and multiple scientific teams in Wet Chemistry. By leveraging the talents of their group, he/she will raise the bar and develop their employees as individual leaders and as a cohesive team.

With a focused commitment to Affy’s mission to revolutionize how the world benefits from genetic information, this person will contribute to the company’s leadership and product strategy, and execute development plans in a high-quality and timely fashion.

Primary responsibilities will include:

1. Lead product innovation, execution and commercialization through active partnering with the commercial, Medical Affairs and product development organizations to provide robust and high quality clinical products.

2. Build on existing competencies for development of products and infrastructure under design control.

3. Lead, mentor and manage development personnel and resources.

4. Integrate multiple product development disciplines for assay development, advanced genetics, and wet chemistry.

5. Participate in generating, evaluating and modifying 3 year product roadmap for Product Development by engaging internal marketing teams and key thought leaders in the industry in the areas of market direction, product strategy, and collaborations in product development.

6. Embrace and execute on Company’s Values and Behaviors

Position Requirements:

The Senior Director of Clinical Applications Development must possess the ability and desire to lead highly competent scientific and development teams. The successful candidate will assist in fostering innovation for the future and grow with the integration of new products through both acquisition and organic development.

The Senior Director of Clinical Applications Development will:

Have a minimum of ten years successful experience in the development of diagnostic and scientific products in a market driven company and a track record developing products against defined product requirements and deadlines.

Have managed large technical programs and first-hand experience developing products under design control for regulated markets.

Be adept at interacting with research focused organizations and colleagues.

Have a track record in leading, mentoring and developing technical teams that deliver high quality products on schedule.

Preferably have experience in clinical applications for microarrays

Affymetrix (AFFX) is a pioneer in creating breakthrough tools that are driving the genomic revolution. The vision, innovation, and devotion of Affymetrix employees help us empower scientists around the world to alleviate human suffering. It is not just the sheer power of GeneChip® technology that inspires us; it is the potential for it to help people.

The culture at Affymetrix is based on core values of daring, passionate and platinum. Our employees create a highly energized, team-oriented work environment. We are an employer committed to supporting the aspirations and achievements of our employees and offer our employees a comprehensive, competitive program of benefits and a corporate culture based on core values of daring, passionate and platinum.



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