Technical Project Lead (TPL) & Sr Formulation Scientist

    • Richmond, VA

Site Name: Richmond Sherwood
Posted Date: Mar 8 2020
The Technical Project Lead (TPL) & Formulation Scientist position supports 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, improving & validating existing methods, optimizing the process for alternate vendor raw materials, and support transfer of products to additional manufacturing sites and geographies. Develops formulations, 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 expert in a specific technical skill or area of expertise and act as an R&D representative on cross-functional, global teams.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career. These responsibilities include some of the following:
Key Responsibilities

  • Applies leading-edge science to formulation. 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 PO and presents project results at project reviews and in other internal forums
  • Exercises a wide degree of independent technical sophistication in accomplishing assigned tasks.
  • Independently designs experiments 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 initiatives.
  • Develops strong, collaborative relationships with other departments/groups and fosters an environment of knowledge sharing
  • Assists Development Scientists in defining and implementing innovative solutions for assigned activities, balancing achievement of milestones with high quality standards
  • Sets and refines personal priorities as necessary to remain focused on objectives and project milestones under rapidly changing circumstances
  • Acts as mentor/coach for junior development scientists
  • Actively participates in project team meetings as required and ensure delivery of commitments and project milestones.
  • Creates research plans to fit overall project objectives
  • Performs comprehensive, sophisticated and critical evaluation of own data and data from other scientists
  • Seeks advise from colleagues and Management when unexpected results occur or when major changes to project plans are considered
  • Maintains awareness of scientific literature to assist work progression and understanding
  • Writes technical papers/presentations to enhance personal, departmental and corporate reputation.
  • Sets and refines priorities as necessary to remain focused on objectives and project milestones under rapidly changing circumstances
  • Develops strong, collaborative relationships with contractors, GMS Technical and AS&T to help facilitate completion of outsourced support activity
  • Acts as a technical leader for resolving problems with internal Development Scientists, Outsourcing Leader and global outsourcing partners
  • Provides consultation, review and guidance to support global product or method transfers.
  • Ensures adherence to GMP, safety, SOP and other GSK policies and corporate and NPD Management requirements
  • Looks for innovative and better ways of doing things; actively looks to eliminate non-value-added steps out of processes and procedures
  • Outsourcing point of contact on global resourcing of development and analytical activities for pipeline NPD innovation projects

Experience Preferred
  • A history of demonstrated expertise in the formulation and characterization of both conventional and novel solid, semi-solid and/or other dosage forms, including pre-formulation
  • Proven scientific leadership skills and a practical approach with significant experience of using experimental design, measurement and interpretation in the development of new products and/or the existing products
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work well with others, and ability to plan and execute work independently with minimal supervision; communication capability should extend to all organizational levels
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability using innovative thought and good scientific judgment
  • Demonstrated ability to apply scientific principles and techniques to assigned projects
  • Project Management skills and proven ability to handle multiple priorities in an ever-changing business environment.
  • Ability to lead projects with multiple external parties including contractors, research partners, equipment vendors, manufacturing facilities etc.

Why you? Basic Qualifications Education Required
Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or related science

Education Preferred
MS or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Pharmacy or related science

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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