The R & D Formulation Chemist (Level 3) is appointed to his/her position by the Section Manager, R & D. In conjunction with the Section Manager, R & D, the R & D Formulation Chemist (Level 3) is responsible for assisting in the development of new products and improvement of existing products. The R & D Formulation Chemist (Level 3) is a Salaried, Exempt position.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Formulates new and/or improved product formulas, packages or manufacturing procedures in conjunction with guidelines established by the Marketing Department, International Department or the Product Development Committee.
- Assists in the development and/or performs all testing requirements on new formulas and packages.
- Ensures that assigned projects are executed in a manner, which is compliant with all regulatory guidelines.
- Conducts intellectual searches for technical or clinical information through a variety of resources, including the Internet.
- Keeps the Section Manager, R & D abreast of the financial impact of formulating, sourcing or manufacturing issues related to assigned projects.
- Assists in the development and maintenance of timelines, resource allocations and budgets for projects assigned.
- Communicates, in a timely fashion, all information regarding formulation, project status, costing, results, etc. to all appropriate individuals, keeping in mind the confidentiality requirements.
- Documents test results, specifications and procedures in a standard professional format for inclusion in the Drug Master File.
- Participates in the technology transfer from pilot scale to full-up production.
- Explores new technologies and materials, which may have application for company’s product lines.
- Ensures that confidential procedures are strictly adhered to at all times.
- Writes and/or reviews procedures, protocols and specifications needed to support product development activities.
- Develops and presents to the Section Manager, R & D matters requiring his/her decision.
- Keeps abreast of current trends, practices, developments and regulatory changes, which would impact the organization, products, procedures or packaging.
- Ensures the maintenance and/or adherence to good laboratory practices and all safety regulations.
- Strengthens the R & D Department by contributing innovative ideas, expertise, knowledge, high professional standards, team spirit and pride in the Company.
- Provides documentation on new product development projects (e.g., status reports, timelines, specifications, procedures, etc.).
- Performs and assumes other duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the Section Manager, R & D and/or Vice-President, Technology.
- Supports the Winner’s Circle and Quality System processes.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- A B.S. in chemistry or related discipline; or equivalent in training and experience. M.S. is preferred.
- The knowledge and skills required for this position are typically acquired in 3 to 5 years of experience in a pharmaceutical or related healthcare industry.
- Good general understanding and some experience in formulating most common forms, such as lotions, ointments, creams, gels, liquid, and balm products is required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Must be able to work independently on concurrent projects assigned.
- Must possess good research skills.
- Considerable interpersonal skills are required to interact with internal and external customers.
- Must possess good laboratory skills.
- A broad understanding of physical and chemical properties of chemicals, OSHA regulations, CGMP and GLP.
- A comprehensive knowledge of standard principles and practices in an R & D environment (manufacturing operations preferred).
- Must be able to understand and interpret MSDS reports.
- High degree of familiarity with and ability to use office machines and instruments within an R & D laboratory.
- Willingness to accept other duties, as assigned.
- Must be discreet with confidential information of which he/she has access.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft programs including (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, but not limited to).
- Must possess the ability to develop and maintain an effective working relationship with internal and external customers, function as a team player, accept constructive criticism from management and comply with Company policies.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
- Physical demands include standing up 75% of the time and a combination of sitting down, writing, analyzing and calculating 25% of the time.
- Good working conditions, however, occasionally exposed to elements such as fumes and odors.
- The daily schedule of an R & D Formulation Chemist (Level 3) is comprised of working with chemicals 100% of the time.