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Formulation Technologist

  • Job reference: 922815
  • Location: Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Life Sciences, Quality, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs
  • Date posted: 30/01/2019


OrionGroup are looking for a Formulation Technologist on behalf of our multinational medical devices client based in the Lancashire area on an initial 6 month contract.

Summary of position

To perform a wide variety of testing, formulation and technical investigation work using well developed technical skills and a rigorous scientific approach, thereby supporting the company's core products and contributing to profitable growth.

Main Responsibilities of the role
* To contribute to cross functional projects encompassing product design changes, compliance and vigilance investigations, stability studies or other relevant subjects.
* To perform a variety of laboratory testing including analytical, formulation, and mechanical-based methodologies.
* To generate high quality written work including maintaining an up to date lab book, writing protocols and reports, and managing raw data (recording, referencing and storing).
* To report the outcomes of all testing using appropriate formats and proactively present these to project leaders and managers along with scientific interpretations and recommendations for follow up work.
* To maintain the highest technical standards in laboratory areas, treating equipment with respect and ensuring maintenance, calibration, validation, HS&E and general housekeeping are maintained at all times.
* To proactively identify, develop and validate new methods and equipment as required for project delivery and core business improvement.
* To possess intimate hands-on knowledge of core business products including orthopaedic bone cements, drug-device combination products and bone substitutes testing and training. To maintain a high degree of laboratory presence to apply strong technical guidance and expertise.
* To develop a basic understanding of orthopaedic surgery/surgical techniques relating to the company's products and marketing materials.
* To create project plans for assigned technical work programs and proactively to communicate these milestones and lead-times to the project leaders and managers.
* To manage personal workload and assist the wider group managing conflicts and bottlenecks.
* To co-ordinate external suppliers and partners and to develop commercial and technical
* To demonstrate a working knowledge of the orthopaedic landscape and keep up to date with industry news and trends.
* To be responsible for compliance of lab books, raw data and reports in accordance with all relevant procedures.
* To follow the Project Control and Design Control processes (applicable to both current and legacy products)
* To implement and adhere to all local, corporate and industry procedures relating to product development. For example risk management, FMEA, HS&E, COSHH/Chemical handling, regulatory, quality.
* To follow and promote company HS&E and quality standards to enable the site to achieve and maintain excellent results.
* To carry out such further tasks that may be delegated to me by my immediate manager.

Ideal background and skillset of the successful candidate

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Formulation, Bioscience, Polymer Science or related subject
    * Essential to demonstrate technical skills acquired in a relevant scientific role
    * Desirable you have knowledge of the medical device or closely related healthcare etc industry
    * Desirable to have experience working in a production/manufacturing environment.
    * Application of Lean management techniques would be highly advantageous
    * Positive attitude
    * Mature and persuasive
    * Ability to quickly comprehend complex issues
    * Sets high standards
    * Accepting of change
    * Good communication skills
    * Use of Microsoft office tools for communication and reporting
    * To have the special aptitude for problem solving together with analytical skills.
    * To have numerical reasoning, and verbal reasoning abilities
    * Working knowledge of Design Controls procedures

    Desirable
    * Greenbelt/Blackbelt in Process excellence/Experimental design
    * Knowledge of Lean tools and methodolog


Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.