Senior Scientist
Stevenage, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
3d ago

Please note, these vacancies are Fixed Term Contracts, or Secondment for internal candidates, with a 12-month duration.

As part of the Chemical Development arm of our Product Development & Supply team, you will support the delivery of science, project and departmental objectives primarily focused on developing chemistry routes for primary manufacture.

You will sit within a multi-functional team responsible for implementing manufacturing, process and technology improvements for both existing and new products.

You will contribute to scientific works as part of this overall process in several ways, including; selection of API version and form, conception and realization of viable new synthetic routes, design and scale up of unit operations such as crystallization and isolation, process transfer, new technology implementation, delivery of control strategies and more.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to :

  • Designing, executing and influencing scientific work to meet project timelines and objectives
  • Providing technical oversight of work (as necessary) performed at CROs.
  • Ensuring that experimental work is interpreted and communicated to high standards of quality and effectiveness, then presented effectively at internal R&D meetings.
  • Developing and communicating technical strategies, including leading a multi-disciplinary team, preparing project plans and ensuring timely execution.
  • Ensuring appropriate scientific review is in place throughout development and governance processes.
  • Participating in technology transfer activities as appropriate to PSC, other parts of R&D, and partner CMOs.
  • Authoring or contributing to regulatory submissions, scientific papers and other internal documentation relevant to the role.
  • Complying with applicable Data Integrity, Quality, cGMP and regulatory requirements in all aspects of work. If required contribute to how these requirements are implemented locally.
  • Maintaining accurate records as required by GSK policies and procedures.
  • Ensure safe working practices for self and others. This should include completion and recording of relevant training.
  • About You :

    Success in this role will require technical skills, as outlined below, combined with a curious, inquisitive nature. To enjoy and to excel in this position you will need to be genuinely passionate about developing yourself, developing new scientific methods and learning new things.

    You will be an excellent team player, able to work with others in the lab as well as your cross-functional colleagues such as engineering and operations.

    You will be highly independent and able to work without handholding, planning your own workload and delivering results without constant supervision.

    You will need to have a consistent attention to detail, particularly when it comes to safety, which you will need maintain to high standards at all times.

    CLOSING DATE for applications : Friday 22nd November (COB)

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    Why You?

    Required Qualifications and experience :

  • Degree qualified with a specialism in Synthetic Chemistry
  • Significant experience in an industrial chemistry laboratory
  • Hands on experience in the pharmaceutical sector
  • Demonstrable experience planning and executing experiments
  • Demonstrable Experience interpreting analytical data
  • Previous experience working in a multi-functional team
  • Additional Skills :

  • Higher level qualifications, such as a relevant PhD, would be highly beneficial
  • Hands on experience of High Throughput Chemistry
  • Experience planning and executing experiments using DOE software
  • Experience of Kinetic profiling
  • Demonstrated experience designing work-ups for reactions
  • Practical familiarity with analytical techniques such as HPLC, NMR, LCMS
  • Company Details :

    GSK is a science-led, global healthcare company that produces innovative medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

  • We are committed to overcoming some of the biggest challenges in global health; delivering products of value in a responsible, sustainable way;
  • and providing access to medicine for the world's poorest communities.

    As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed.

    We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers.

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