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Formulation Development Scientist

Job description

Site Name: Richmond Sherwood
Posted Date: Jun 29 2020

Our Consumer Healthcare business develops and markets consumer preferred and expert recommended brands in the Oral health, Pain relief, Respiratory, Nutrition/gastro-intestinal and Skin health categories.

We are one of the world’s leading over-the-counter healthcare companies. We hold number one positions in Wellness across 36 markets and are market leaders in specialist oral care.

Our world-leading Consumer Healthcare business combines science and consumer insights to create innovative everyday healthcare brands that consumers trust and experts recommend.

Does the opportunity to work in Formulation Development for leading global brands with the fastest growing Consumer Healthcare organization excite you?   Being part of Consumer Health at GSK is being part of something special. The focus of the organization couldn’t be clearer – we are fueled by a personal passion to give our customers and our patients MORE.  We are ready, are you?  

As we continue to grow our R&D center in Richmond, we have many exciting opportunities for Principal, Senior, and Formulation Development Scientists.      

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career.  

The Development Scientist supports product stewardship team with leading-edge, formulation 
experience to develop and lead product stewardship initiatives in consumer healthcare.  This 
position covers a broad range of products across dosage formats and categories – from identifying gaps and strengthening existing formulations, optimizing the process for alternate vendor raw materials, and support transfer of products to additional manufacturing sites and geographies.  

Develops formulations manufacturing processes and/or, characterization and evaluation of material and products at all stages of the development process, taking into account scientific and timing objectives. This position may also serve as an R&D representative on cross-functional, global teams.   

These responsibilities include some of the following:

-Applies leading-edge science to formulation development. This may include implementing 
pioneering new technology routes against agreed project deliverables and timings 

-Works on the optimization of products, following requirements outlined in business strategies, 
taking into account scientific and timing objectives 
-Identifies potential opportunities for commercial exploitation  

-Leads one or more projects and teams in support of departmental plans 

-Represents stewardship and presents project results at project reviews and in other internal 

-Designs experiments with little guidance from team leader and carries out scientific work with an awareness of state-of-the-art technology 

-Optimizes product and process to reduce costs or improve value to support value engineering 

-Ensures adherence to GMP, safety, SOP and other GSK policies and corporate and NPD Management requirements 

Why you?
Basic Qualifications: 

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
•    BS Degree in Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, or related science.  
•    Some experience (5 -15 years, depending on education) in the area of research development or formulation development preferably in the Rx, OTC or consumer products industry.
•    Ability to apply scientific principles and techniques to assigned projects.
•    Knowledge of R&D development processes and associated commercial environment.
•    Basic understanding of statistics and its application to experimental work.

Preferred Qualifications: 
If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
•    MS Degree or PhD in related sciences 

(10 years of experience required at the Senior level, and 15+ years required at the principal level)
•    Clear communicator in both oral and written form with both internal departments and external organisations.
•    Demonstrates ability to take initiative, think and work independently, problem-solve, work effectively in teams, and multitask. 
•    An ability to organise and report study data from internal and external sources.
•    Flair for creativity and innovation

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness



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