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Senior Formulation Scientist

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Senior Formulation Scientist

An exciting opportunity for an experienced Formulation Scientist to work at a Glasgow based CDMO in a fast-paced pharmaceutical production environment. If you have experience in pharmaceutical drug product formulation, pre-formulation and/or process development and have worked in a GMP environment, then we would love to hear from you! Be part of a dynamic and friendly team built on a work culture which fosters collaboration and support. A highly competitive salary and excellent benefits package are on offer in addition to excellent career progression opportunities for the successful candidate.

Job Description

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Delivery of formulation design and development activities of sterile dosage forms, utilising your technical expertise at all stages of projects
  • Operation of lyophilisation and formulation equipment (particle sizing, DSC, microscopy etc.), is preferred
  • Formulation of both small molecules and biologics
  • Adhering to the relevant quality and regulatory standards
  • Attendance and contribution at project meetings / client calls
  • Liaise with production department to ensure a smooth transfer of information and processes
  • Write work plans and reports for assigned projects to defined timelines
  • Analyse data and provide scientific explanations and insight for project work
  • Complete assigned projects to defined timelines
  • Ensure general lab area is maintained to a high standard
  • Maintain a level of technical ability required to carry out the responsibilities of a Formulation Scientist
  • Familiarity with the concepts of a Quality Management System and GMP quality standards.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Well-organised and able to adhere to project timelines.
  • Good problem-solving skills..
  • Able to take ownership of lab equipment responsibilities and interact with providers
  • Able to suggest experimental designs and manage own time to prioritise tasks


  • Complete time-sheets in a timely fashion

Safety and compliance

  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of relevant regulatory requirements for GLP, department SOPs and company safety and environmental policies
  • Follow GLP, SOP, safety and hazardous waste rules on a regular and consistent basis
  • Address areas of non-compliance as appropriate
  • Maintain technical notebooks ensuring completeness and timely signatures


  • Provide input to technical agreements as required
  • Attend customer meetings on and off site as required
  • Write project reports
  • Assist with customer audits relating to own project issues covering R&D labs


  • Maintain GMP awareness and compliance where required
  • Write and have input to R&D department SOPs covering lab procedures and equipment


  • Report instrument faults to the engineer or appropriate person
  • Identify equipment purchases
  • Identify consumables purchases
  • Assist with regulatory audits covering R&D lab areas
  • Responsible for laboratory Health and Safety


  • Educated to a minimum of Degree level, or equivalent with significant industry experience in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical drug product formulation, pre-formulation and/or process development
  • Understanding of GMP requirements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work using own initiative, under pressure and demonstrate ability to manage multiple projects and timelines.
  • Ability to take ownership of tasks and projects
  • High attention to detail


  • Working knowledge of parenteral and non-parenteral formulations
  • Hands on experience in pre-formulation work including measuring physical properties (e.g. pKa, partition coefficients, pH-solubility profiles, etc), selecting suitable excipients etc
  • Hands on working experience in solubilising excipient selection
  • Knowledge/experience in lyophilisation cycle optimisation/development
  • Specific experience with lyophilisation and analytical equipment (particle sizing, DSC, microscopy etc.)
  • Experience in the formulation of both small molecules and biologics

Excellent Benefits, with a big focus on employee engagement

Next Steps:

Apply online in the first instance, or contact Liam Baxter at Tel: 0141 270 5136 or email your CV to

Equal Opportunities:

FPSG is committed to equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age.

We are Disability Confident and neurodiverse aware. If you have a disability, please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you in your application or with your recruitment process

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