Section Head

Posted on 10/02/17

Peakdale Molecular (part of the Concept Life Sciences Group) is a leading UK-based CRO, providing early phase drug discovery services to the pharmaceutical industry as well as R&D support to the diagnostic, petrochemical and materials industries.

As a company, we have a single aim: to accelerate our customers’ discovery initiatives through innovation.

By applying our renowned skills for problem-solving and open communications, Peakdale scientists pride themselves on seizing the initiative and providing the energy, skill and creativity needed to help fulfil project objectives.

Based in two UK locations: Sandwich (Kent) and Chapel-en-le-Frith (Derbyshire), our workforce contains skilled scientists across several disciplines and comprises one of the largest chemistry groups in the UK.

Our People

We believe our employees are the foundation to our success and we are proud to play a part in your personal career development, supporting you step-by-step throughout your professional growth.

The Role

Peakdale Molecular has a permanent full time opportunity for a Section Head at its Sandwich site, reporting to the Head of Chemistry.

We would welcome applications from individuals with a background in the drug discovery industry gained from within a pharmaceutical company, biotech or CRO.


  • Highly skilled organic chemistry experimentalist able to perform challenging syntheses and purifications. Gives expert guidance and mentoring in experimental techniques to more junior colleagues when required.
  • Line management responsibility for a team of up to 25 scientists as well as accountability for the effective resourcing of projects.
  • Responsibility for the delivery of training and staff development in line with company strategy.
  • Responsibility for driving continuous improvement initiatives, H & S leadership and accountability, recruitment and the ability to work within budget.

Qualifications/Role Requirements:

  • PhD or degree in chemistry with relevant experience in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry
  • Extensive experience in the drug discovery industry gained from within a pharmaceutical company, biotech or CRO
  • Proven track record of leading teams in a competitive environment

In return, Peakdale Molecular can offer a competitive starting salary, career progression and the opportunity to make a real difference.

Benefits include flexible working hours, Bupa dental care, Bupa private healthcare, employee benefits programme, life insurance, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and a cycle to work scheme.

If you want to join an exciting growing business, please send a copy of your CV and your salary expectations to

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