Process Chemist

Montrose, Angus
12 Jun 2019
26 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Your Responsibilities:

We have an exciting new permanent opportunity for a Process Chemist to join our Technical team based at our site in Montrose, Angus (Scotland). This is a role that will suit either an experienced professional or graduate with relevant transferable skills.  

As a Chemist at the Montrose site, the successful candidate will work within the Technical function primarily supporting production and process improvement activities. This would involve working as a member of a cross-functional team to support primary manufacturing processes including day to day problem solving, development of corrective and preventative actions and seeking opportunities for continuous improvement.

Areas of involvement will include some or all the following:

  • Technical custodian of a chemistry process, providing a product/process specific technical point of focus for all functions on site.
  • Supporting the site Quality function to enable informed decision making on non-routine matters.
  • Supporting the site Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) function to enable good practice and compliance with legislation.
  • Supporting capital engineering projects to ensure adequate design and commissioning of new plant and processes.
  • Supporting laboratory investigations and process improvement initiatives.
  • Supporting the Commissioning and Validation of new processes on plant (potentially in capacity as a shift chemist).

About you:

You will have a degree within Chemistry or a closely related field and for an experienced hire you will also have demonstrable relevant experience within a GMP environment. However for this role we would also consider more junior candidates with the correct educational background and transferable skills as there is the opportunity for training and further development. 

You will however need a solid understanding of organic chemistry with ideally a technical knowledge depth/breadth in process chemistry and process development alongside an analytical ability to diagnose situations and develop solutions.

This role interacts with various teams / departments across GSK therefore you will need strong communication skills and the ability to operate as part of a team and collaborate effectively across all functions.

Interested in Applying?

Please note this is a permanent role which will be based at our site in Montrose, Angus (Scotland) working Days.

During the course of your application you will be requested to complete voluntary information which will be used in monitoring the effectiveness of our equality and diversity policies. Your information will be treated as confidential and will not be used in any part of the selection process.

If you require a reasonable adjustment to the application / selection process to enable you to demonstrate your ability to perform the job requirements, please contact 0808 234 4391. This will help us to understand any modifications we may need to make to support you throughout our selection process.

Closing date for applications: COB – Wednesday 26th June 2019.

When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the on-line application to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above.

The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.


Why You?

Basic Qualifications:

You should possess:

  • As a minimum, a degree in chemistry or closely related field with demonstrable relevant experience within a GMP environment is preferred.
  • Sound understanding of organic chemistry with technical knowledge depth/breadth in process chemistry and process development alongside an analytical ability to diagnose situations and develop solutions.
  • Able to demonstrate good communication skills and the ability to interact with and influence individuals at all levels in the business. In addition to this, you will be able to operate as part of a team and collaborate effectively across all functions.

Preferred qualifications:

The following characteristics / experience would also be highly desirable:

  • A graduate or postgraduate qualification in chemistry
  • Track record in the pharmaceutical industry in a scientific role
  • Experience of laboratory chemistry at litre scale
  • Experience in plant operations, process commissioning and process validation
  • Understanding of basic analytical chemistry techniques
  • Problem solving capability
  • Ability to understand processes thoroughly by applying fundamental scientific principles
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Positive Interpersonal and Leadership skills
  • Good written, verbal communication skills
  • Good understanding of GMP and the modern regulated environment for pharmaceuticals and bulk API manufacture

Why GSK?

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer. Employing over 100,000 people globally, we have 71 manufacturing sites around the world.  For more information on GSK please refer to our website:

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.