Associate Principal Scientist - QC

United States, Greenwood (South Carolina)

Associate Principal Scientist - QC

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

The Associate Principal Scientist – QC impacts HGC, DFS, and Ingredients portions of the business. This position leads a team of technicians, analysts, and scientists and is the resource that addresses quality, development of methods, stability, and color developments that revolve around testing of raw materials and finished goods. This testing is needed to ensure that we meet or exceed the customers’ expectations on order quality, quantity, and on-time approval.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and validate methods to support process, product, and materials characterization
  • Effective interaction with other technical groups, close interactions with biologists, safety assessment scientists, analytical chemists, formulators and management 
  • Lead a research and development group in method development and technological knowledge transfer to analytical QC group
  • Identify novel ingredients using multiple techniques/detectors such as mass spec, HPTLC and PDA  
  • Keep abreast of innovative and new scientific developments in the dietary supplement/pharmaceutical industry by attending seminars, and reading relevant literature
  • Interpret compendia and internal monographs, and Lonza's quality policies and standards
  • Lead and document investigations according to established procedures and recommend corrective actions
  • Assure laboratory compliance by acquiring advanced knowledge in cGMP, cGLP, CFR and other regulations
  • Evaluate laboratory SOPs and recommend improvement opportunities to maintain compliance with corporate and regulatory guidelines
  • Develop or revise laboratory SOPs as required
  • Develop and maintain a current and thorough knowledge of current regulatory policies, guidance, and expectations, as well as current industry standards and applicable corporate policies
  • Execute process development studies with great attention to detail
  • Maintain lab equipment, write and execute experimental protocols, assist in experimental design and perform data analysis in research and development labs
  • Purify botanical extracts through various organic techniques and novel equipment 
  • Order capital equipment and laboratory supplies
  • Organize preventative maintenance contracts with outside contractors and make sure work is completed and the documentation is signed off on
  • Present development activities at internal group meetings
  • Develop and execute research projects with our Boston facility to characterize the physicochemical and functional properties of dietary supplements/pharmaceutical in support of product and process changes, optimization, and new business
  • Technical risk (change) assessment and root-cause investigation, use of DMAIC cycle on a daily basis
  • Conduct experiments at lab scale and pilot scale and serve as a technical representative for the formulators during manufacturing 
  • Aim to understand the relationship between material physical-chemical structure, function and processing across a very wide range of product formulation and process scenarios.
  • Ability to multitask and effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Work effectively with members of multi-disciplinary teams as a leader and a peer
  • Use of GC, HPLC, and wet chemistry techniques, not just head knowledge
  • Proficient knowledge and use of various detectors to advance herbal therapeutics from the point of discovery to offering
  • Structural confirmation and elucidation of chemicals
  • Analytical investigations of unknowns
  • Calibrate, verify, troubleshoot, and maintain equipment
  • Create, write, and revise work instructions
  • Train senior chemist/assistant chemist in new laboratory techniques
  • Oversee handling, labeling, storage and disposal of hazardous material
  • Oversee the entire stability program for filled capsules
  • Use six sigma/statistics tools for trending and analysis of data
  • Coordinate customer updates, laboratory audits and customer communications
  • Must be able to work extended days/hours to include weekends, holidays and overtime
  • Attendance in the plant/office is considered an essential function

Key requirements:

  • BS degree in Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry or Biochemistry required.
  • MS degree preferred.
  • Moderate to extensive laboratory experience is required.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Must be able to interact with colleagues at all levels of the business.
  • Must be able to make timely and sound business decisions.
  • Must be able to work in intense situations, manage work stress and pressure.

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Reference: R48678