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Director, Analytical Chemistry

Location: Boulder, CO

About the position

Enliven Therapeutics is dedicated to advancing small molecule drug development programs in oncology. This position is responsible for providing oversight for all the analytical development activities associated with drug substance and drug product to support preclinical studies, clinical development, and registration. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring oversight of all the development activities and testing performed by contract laboratories, including starting materials, in-process, release, and stability testing for clinical development and pre-commercial.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development, validation, and transfers of all analytical methods from pre-clinical through clinical development.
  • Participate in selection of contract manufacturing organizations and contract laboratories and oversee development and validation of methods for reference standards, starting materials, intermediates, release, and stability testing of both drug substance and drug product.
  • Author and provide technical review of relevant Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) sections in regulatory dossiers.
  • Design and execute phase-appropriate analytical strategies at CSPs including analytical method development, qualification and validation for drug substance and drug product.
  • Develop and set specifications for raw materials, intermediates, drug substance, excipients and drug product.
  • Design and manage stability programs for non-GMP and cGMP drug substance and drug product batches and provide guidance for shelf-life and expiry dating.
  • Establish workflows and procedures for analytical and quality control activities.
  • Develop strategies for reference standards program, coordinate sourcing, ensure inventory, plan and execute testing and retesting activities, and manage shipments of reference standards across CSP network.
  • Manage and review deviation events and OOS/OOT investigations at CSPs in coordination with CMC counterparts, QA and regulatory team members, as appropriate.
  • Author, review and approve various analytical reports in a timely manner to support drug substance and drug product development and manufacture, and regulatory filings.
  • Support regulatory submissions by drafting and reviewing analytical sections of INDs, IMPDs, and NDAs, and ensure compliance with current regulatory requirements.
  • Represent analytical function in CMC teams and project meetings and work closely with cross-functional teams to meet project timelines and goals.
  • Keep abreast of latest progress in analytical development, cGMP requirements, and regulatory guidances.


  • PhD in analytical chemistry or related discipline with more than 10 years of industry experience or BS/MS degree with more than 15 years industry experience
  • Experience with analytical development of small molecules and solid oral dosage forms from preclinical to late-stage clinical development.
  • Experience managing analytical CMC development of drug substance and drug products from pre-clinical through registration and approval. 
  • Expert level knowledge of analytical method development and method qualification/validation
  • Experience interpreting ICH and FDA guidance for analytical method qualification/validation, stability testing.
  • Extensive knowledge of GLP and cGMP requirements, appropriate regulatory guidance and current industry practices for analytical development.
  • Experience authoring analytical modules for regulatory submissions in all phases of development.
  • Experience with identification and qualification of impurities and degradation products.
  • Experience with setting specifications for drug substance and drug product and qualifying reference standards.
  • Demonstrated scientific excellence, technical leadership, and creativity.
  • Proven project management skills and productive collaboration with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to deliver under tight timelines and adapt to changing project needs.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time.
  • Ability to communicate, organize, and write well.

Position Type:

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week). Occasional evening, weekend, holiday, and on-call work may be required as job duties demand. 

Salary range: $160,000 to $230,000. Level and salary will depend on experience level.

Interested applicants, please send resume to:

Enliven Therapeutics is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment offers are contingent upon the applicant successfully completing a background screen.

Enliven Therapeutics does not accept resumes from recruitment agencies for this position. Recruiters, please do not send resumes to Enliven employees or to the company location. Enliven is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.