Catalent Pharma Solutions Formulation Scientist in St Petersburg, Florida

Product Development for Proactive Projects is responsible for internal proactive product development over the lifecycle of the projects which could include benchtop/labscale, demonstration/feasibility batches, registration/stability batches, and technical support of process validation batches. Additional responsibilities may include support of development/commercial product investigations, and technology transfers from other sites to the St. Petersburg, FL facility. The group is also responsible for Gap Assessments, Risk Assessments, and the implementation of process analytical technology (PAT) solutions and overall support of all aspects of product development.

II. Basic Function

This position contributes significantly to the successful timely development of new pharmaceutical products utilizing Softgel Formulation/Process drug delivery systems and technologies by carrying out required formulation and process activities.

III. Specific Activities, and Responsibilities:

Executes experimental studies intended to provide supporting data or to resolve technical issues encountered during each project. Defines technical objectives and conveys them to other members of the project team

May represent the Softgel Product Development department at both internal team meetings and customer meetings relating to assigned projects that may be of diverse scope (including other technologies)

Coordinates with Analytical Services, Operations, QC, QA, and other groups to ensure project requirements are met

Resolves technical issues, makes recommendations for options that would resolve the issue, including a preferred option

Works independently, supervised on a daily or weekly basis, recognizes key issues likely to affect successful and/or timely completion. For those issues that cannot be resolved, brings them to the attention of the person coordinating the work

Schedules work in order to ensure timely completion of the required activities

Proposes and implements recommendations to processes and procedures designed to increase efficiency, safety or quality

Understands revenue associated with each project phase. Flexible with respect to project priorities and ensures that site and/or departmental business objectives are met

Completes technical activities, development reports and regulatory support documentation as required

Maintains an awareness of current scientific practice that may have a relevance to Catalent Pharma Solutions

When requested, provides other support as required

Complies with all cGMP regulations when performing product development activities

Complies with Health, Safety and Environmental responsibilities for the position

Maintains current training records for required procedures

Assists in the training, development, and evaluation of any Softgel Formulation personnel when required

Complies with departmental and company policies

PhD in Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, or related science with 3 years of applicable product development experience required, and 1 years of direct softgel product development experience preferred

MS in Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, or related science with 2-5 years of applicable product development experience and 1 years of direct softgel product development experience preferred

Knowledge Skills: Working knowledge and application of scientific principles and techniques. Exposure to computer software associated with word processing and spreadsheets required with some exposure to statistical software preferred

Supervises: None

Knowledge/Skills Requirements: (Unique knowledge skills, or problem-solving requirements)

Familiarity with batch processing in a pharmaceutical, cGMP environment

Strong knowledge of cGMP Regulatory requirements for process development, technical transfer, and process changes required

Familiarity with ISPE and ICH guidelines preferred

Good understanding of regulatory requirements for ANDA and NDA 505(b)2 filing

Design, plan, and execute experiments based upon scientific methods for problem solving and process development purposes preferred

Effective communication, documentation and writing skills required

Basic to advanced statistical analysis and calculations preferred required

Attention to detail and high-level of organizational skills required

Basic project management skills (deliverables, timelines, resources required) is preferred

Basic to advanced encapsulation/softgel manufacturing troubleshooting skills required

Knowledge of equipment and tooling selection and design based on process and cleaning requirements required

Familiarity with cleaning cycle development and design including evaluation of detergents, test methods, and calculation of residual limits preferred

Familiarity with root cause analysis and risk assessment techniques (e.g. FMEA) is preferred

Physical/Mental Requirements: (List any special requirements to be able to perform job)

Mathematical and reasoning ability

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

Ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Individual may be required to sit, stand, walk regularly and occasionally lift 0-20 pounds. Be accessible to laboratory and pilot plant area(s) and office staff and to use required office equipment. Specific vision requirements include reading of written documents and use of computer monitor screen frequently

Work Environment:

Individual’s primary work areas will be the office, manufacturing, and laboratory areas. Office and Lab area typically have low noise levels; the manufacturing floor typically has a low to moderate noise level.

About Catalent

Catalent Pharma Solutions is the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products. With over 80 years serving the industry, Catalent has proven expertise in bringing more customer products to market faster, enhancing product performance and ensuring reliable clinical and commercial product supply. Catalent is headquartered in Somerset, N.J. For more information, visit

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Catalent is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Organization: Softgel Technologies

Title: Formulation Scientist

Location: FL-St Petersburg

Requisition ID: 0020394